The Burkart Elite flute is a handmade custom flute with soldered tone holes and features Burkart’s micro-Link™ pinless mechanism.
Our 998 silver flute has the tonal depth, colour, and projection of a platinum flute, the warmth of a gold flute, and yet speaks with the shimmer and brilliance of a silver flute. The resonance of this flute is the result of its extraordinary 99.8% pure silver tube that is both hard and reflective. Hardness imparts vibrancy, color, and a beautiful distinction in the sound of the Lillian Burkart Elite 998 silver flute.
CHARACTERISTICS OF THE BURKART SOUND:
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.
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.
CHARACTERISTICS OF THE BURKART FEEL:
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.
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.
Length, shaping, and position of the G# lever minimize fatigue in the left hand.
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.