Avanti flutes are a collaboration between Conn-Selmer and Bickford Brannen of Brannen Flutes. Made completely in the USA, these flutes combine the affordability of Conn-Selmer with the craftsmanship of Brannen.
Conn-Selmer, Inc. is the largest manufacturer of band and orchestral instruments and accessories in the United States, and is a subsidiary of Steinway Musical Instruments, Inc.
Bickford Brannen began his career as an apprentice at the Powell Flute Company in 1962. In 1970, he went to Elkhart and worked on Conn-Selmer’s Armstrong line of flutes. In 1978, Brannen founded Brannen Bros Flutemakers, one of the most sought-after line of handmade flutes in the world today.
The Avanti instrument is manufactured in Conn-Selmer's Elkhart, Indiana woodwind facility, where flutemaking is a tradition.
Avanti artists include Robert Dick, David Fedele, Anesha Dexter and Laurel Zucker. Laurel had played a Brannen flute for many years, but she was impressed with the design influence of flute-maker Bickford Brannen.
Two lines of flutes are offered: Avanti 1000 for the intermediate flutist and Avanti 2000 for the professional flutist. Each one offers a number of options.
The flutes have a Sterling-silver, hand-cut Brannen headjoint. You can select inline or offset G key, B or C footjoint, C# trill, split-E mechanism, or lower G insert to aid high E production.
The Avanti flute is manufactured with Straubinger pads.
Avanti 1000 Standard
Avanti 2000 Standard
The Avanti company enthusiastically supports young musicians through its scholarship program.
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