Burkart Elite Flute

Burkart Elite Flute

The Burkart Elite flute is a handmade custom flute with soldered tone holes and features Burkart’s™ micro-Link™ pinless mechanism.

Every flute option and customization is available in the Elite flute.


Burkart Flute Scale:

James Phelan developed the scale that is the cornerstone of all Burkart flutes. Mathematically derived, it is known for evenness and stability of pitch.
The majority of Burkart’s™ Elite flutes are tuned to A=442. We are happy to custom make your order with A=440 or A=444 also.

Proprietary Gold Solders:

High-karat gold solders with lower melting temperatures join the tone holes of the Elite flute to the body. These gold solders bond the flute parts more effectively than soft solders, do not deteriorate over time, and enhance resonance and projection.

Tonal Voicing:

The tone holes of every Burkart Elite flute are tuned using the Lillian Burkart system of voicing. This final touch gives the Burkart Elite flute its even, balanced tone in all registers.

Silent Action:

Sleek, felt bumpers regulate and quiet the key action.

Contemporary Pads:

The response and stability of these pads enhance the beauty of the sound in all environments.


Burkart’s™ micro-Link™ fully-pinless Mechanism

An improvement upon all previous pinless mechanisms, this innovative architecture provides stability with two solid 14K white gold rods, reduces weight, and allows the transfer of motion to be very close to the main axle of the keys. By design, the keys are easy to remove for maintenance and adjustments. The simple elegance of Burkart’s™ micro-Link™ mechanism results in equally light spring tension throughout, stable and balanced response for both the right and left hands, and lightning-fast action.   Click here to watch a Flash video

Precision Keys and Arms:

To play its best a flute’s pads must cover perfectly. With this in mind, each Burkart key cup is cut from solid gold or silver, leaving a flat internal surface for pads. The cup perfectly centers the flute pad, delivering added stability to the padding system.

Stainless Steel Rods:

All Burkart flutes are built using three different types of specially alloyed stainless steel rods. These rods resist flexing, distortion, and corrosion. The system reduces friction and gives the player more hours of maintenance-free play.

Ergonomic Elements

The slide from D# to each of the three lowest notes of the flute is unmatched for comfort and ease in the Burkart key design.

Length, shaping, and position of the G# lever minimize fatigue in the left hand.
(Extended length available for small hands)

Ergonomic Key Design:

The flutist’s thumb and little fingers work hard. The thumb key and lever are angled to lie under an unstrained left-hand position. The sculpted curves of the key make the slide from B to Bb effortless.

Soldered Tone Holes

Drawn tone holes are extruded from the flute body in precise position and rolled over to form a smooth surface on which the pad lands as it closes. It is essentially a ‘unibody’ and the tone holes are slightly thinner than the body. Soldered toneholes, in a more time consuming method, are individually shaped short cylinders of varying size that are soldered in precise position to the tube. The top surface is machined to a surface suitable for the pad to land.

The most meaningful difference between soldered and drawn tonehole flutes relates to the respective wall thicknesses of each. Soldered toneholes are made from tubing with a wall thickness of approximately 1mm. This is more than three times thicker than the wall of a drawn tonehole. If one multiplies this by the sixteen or more toneholes on a typical flute, a significant amount of mass is added. The greater mass of the flute influences the tonal qualities.

Also, there is uniform ‘undercut’ or chamfer to the drawn tone hole as it is extruded.  The greater thickness of the soldered tone hole allows for individualized and selective undercutting to balance tone quality from note to note.