Try A Burkart

Burkart Testing Room

Visit us: We welcome you to come to our workshop, where you can try our instruments.
Please contact us one to two weeks before your planned visit to work out the details.

Try a Burkart at home: We offer a trial-by-mail policy. For a small fee which covers shipping and insurance, we will send flutes, piccolos, and/or headjoints right to you. You can test the instrument, and meet with colleagues and professors to gain their insight.

We may visit you: Our flute experts are road-warriors, traveling to flute events around the globe. These opportunities allow you to hear and feel the Burkart difference.
Click here to see where we’ll be next.

Visit an authorized representative: We supply a small network of certified dealers throughout the world.
Please call us for a recommendation, or you can browse the list on our website.



Warning We must receive the authorization form before
we can ship.

Click here for the Trial Policy and Credit Card Authorization Document
(Word Doc)

It is our pleasure to extend to you the opportunity to try Burkart flutes, piccolos and headjoints.  To best serve all of our customers, we have established the following terms and conditions:

We will ship anywhere in the USA (must be a valid shipping address; no PO boxes).

Trial Period

The trial period is 5 days (beginning the date after it is received).  On the 6th day after receipt, the flute, piccolo, or headjoint(s) must be shipped back using Federal Express 2nd day service.  The due date in your trial letter is the date upon which the instrument should be in our office. Please plan to ship two days prior to the expected return date. Do not insure the returning instruments, as your trial fee covers the cost of insurance during the entire trial period.

Security Deposit

Prior to sending instruments on trial, we require a valid credit card number to be used as a security deposit.  Our insurance carrier requires us to collect this authorization form {files:BurkartTrialPolicy&CCForm.doc} prior to shipment – no trial can be initiated without a completed and signed copy of this form. We will only charge your credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover) for our shipping and insurance expenses as indicated below.  However, in the unlikely event of damage to the instrument, all repairs will be charged to your credit card at our standard repair rate.


Trial shipments are subject to availability. While we do our best to keep demonstration instruments available, we have many customers requesting this service. We recommend scheduling as far in advance as possible.

Shipping (via FedEx 2nd Day) and Insurance rates:

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1 Flute: $45 2 Flutes: $60
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1 Piccolo: $30 2 Piccolos: $40
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1 or 2 Piccolo/Flute Headjoints: $25 3 Piccolo or Flute headjoints: $30
Note: Gold or Platinum headjoints are limited to 2 only per trial.

The charge above is for each outgoing shipment. The recipient is responsible for the shipping charges to return the items to Burkart, as we do not provide the return label.

Flute trials include 2 headjoints with each flute. Piccolo trials include up to 2 of the same style, to a maximum of 3 total headjoints.
If you do not choose a headjoint with your initial shipment, we will gladly send additional headjoints to you. The same trial fees will apply to these additional shipments.

Shipping method:

We ship via Federal Express 2nd Day air. Overnight standard shipment or Overnight priority shipping or Saturday delivery will incur an additional charge based on the difference between 2nd Day Air shipping and the chosen method.


Our instruments are insured while they are in your possession and while in transit.

Returning Instruments

We recommend all shipments of instruments to Burkart use Federal Express 2nd Day Air – this is the safest and most economical method for such high value products.
It is not necessary to insure the flute when returning to us.  We insure the flute while in transit and while in your possession.

Please return trial instruments to:

Attn: Barry Pease
Burkart Flutes & Piccolos
2 Shaker Rd #D107
Shirley, MA 01464
PH (978) 425-4500

If you have any questions during your trial period, please do not hesitate to contact Burkart. 

Please call us at 978-425-4500 or e-mail to initiate the trial process.
 We hope to hear from you in the near future.


Burkart Testing Room



  • Lillian Burkart Flute & Piccolo Headjoints are available for trial and immediate purchase. We have most types in stock, but there may be a slight wait for particularly popular metal combinations.
  • Call our workshop at 978-425-4500 or e-mail .
  • Headjoints are also available at one of the many flute shows throughout the year.
  • Our current schedule is posted at "Upcoming Appearances"


  • Lillian Burkart Piccolos, and the Lillian Burkart XXV Piccolo are often available for trial and immediate purchase.
  • In some cases, there may be a 30 to 45 day waiting period.
  • During extremely busy times of the year (November/December and July/August) the waiting period for a Lillian Burkart piccolo can be as long as 60 to 90 days.
  • For more information on trial and orders for our piccolos, please call our workshop at 978-425-4500 or e-mail .
  • Piccolos are also available at one of the many flute shows throughout the year.
  • Our current schedule is posted at "Upcoming Appearances"


  • Lillian Burkart flutes are available for trial. This is a convenient way to make the Burkart choice and then place your order. We can also send flutes to your teacher's studio.
  • Availability for flute trials is based on waiting list and inventory fluctuations. We try to keep at least one of each type of flute in our inventory available for your trial requests. Each Lillian Burkart flute is custom made to the player's specifications. We do maintain an inventory of trial instruments, but we do not usually offer these instruments available for immediate purchase.
  • Please contact as soon as possible - and keep in mind that we are not always able to send out flutes the same day as your call.
  • Call our workshop at 978-425-4500 or e-mail .
  • Flutes are also available to try at one of the many flute shows throughout the year.
  • Our current schedule is posted at "Upcoming Appearances"


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