The Viennese family Koch probably ranks among the most outstanding wind instrument makers of the first half of the 19th century. Many excellent examples of oboes, clarinets, and flutes have been preserved, probably the most famous of which are their flutes. They were recommended by numerous flautists such as Furstenau and his contemporaries.
The Martin Wenner Koch flute is a replica of an 1835 original model, and it is typical for flutes of that period: besides the usual keys for B, G sharp, C, F, long F, D sharp, C and C sharp, low B, as well as a B-flat lever key for the right index finger. The head joint is fitted with a tuning slide which enables the flute's pitch to be changed. Its striking shell-shaped silver keys were a specialty of Viennese flute making.
This flute is decorated with silver keys and rings and is available in grenadilla or ebony. The pitch is a= 442 Hz (optimal pitch) and can be changed from a=445 Hz to a=430 Hz by using the tuning slide. On request, we can supply this flute in a hand-made wooden case.
*Image shows Grenadilla version
Because of the delicate nature of our merchandise, we take great care to ensure that every order arrives safely. Every shipment is insured, and we typically require signature confirmation on wooden instruments.
In an effort to be environmentally responsible, we often reuse shipping materials. So don't be surprised if your package arrives looking a bit well-loved. However, we will never compromise on the safety of your instrument. If you have any requests or specifications, please indicate them in the comments section of your order or contact us directly.
We ship to all major countries. Customers are responsible for all import fees, taxes, etc.
Damaged or Missing Items
Shipments should be inspected for damage upon receipt. If there is a problem, save all packing materials and contact us promptly. The shipping company will need to inspect shipping materials in order to approve a claim. If a claim is denied because of missing shipping materials, we cannot offer any reimbursement or replacement.
If damage is due to a defect in material or workmanship, it may be covered by a manufacturers' warranty. See our warranty page for more information.
A number of our instruments are available only by special order. If you would like to make a special order, please contact us. For most special orders we require a partial deposit to get the order started. For some instruments we require the full balance at the outset. Once we receive the final product, we will contact you to pay the outstanding balance. When the full payment has been processed, we will ship the instrument.
Please note that, because special order instruments are made per request, they take longer to craft and ship than other, ready-made instruments. If timing is an issue please let us know before you place your order. We will do our best to accommodate or we will direct you to an alternative option that can be shipped in time.
All special orders are considered final sales and are ineligible for return. If there is a quality issue or the instrument has been damaged, we will work with you to have the problem fixed.
Instruments can be returned within 30 days provided the instrument is still in like-new condition. If an instrument is returned damaged, stained, or smelling of cigarette smoke, mildew, etc. we cannot offer a full refund. If the instrument can be repaired, we will offer a refund less the cost of repairs. If an instrument is returned after the 30-day window, we can provide a partial refund or we can sell the instrument for you on consignment.
Special orders are not eligible for returns or refunds. See above for more information.
Customers are responsible for all shipping costs.
How to Return
We ask that customers contact us before returning instruments. To make a return, pack up each item securely and mail it to our address.