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Turtle Mound Flutes makes a line of flutes from electrical conduit PVC. Although these look, play, and sound very much like a wooden Native American style flute, they lack the natural spirit that the Great Creator gives us in the wood or cane of a true Native American Flute. We make these flutes with the same respect and care that we put into our wooden flutes, but distinguish them from our wooden Native American style flutes by calling them Knock-About Flutes.

3/4" Bore Knock-About Flutes in the Keys of A and G
1" Bore Knock-About Flutes in the Keys of F, E, and E♭

Our Knock-About Flutes (made from the branch of the rugged poly-vinyl tree) are ideal for the rough treatment of children, back-packing, kayaking, or just carrying around in the back seat or trunk of your car (where extreme temperatures can crack or otherwise damage a quality wooden flute). 

Each Knock-About Flute is individually crafted from heavy-duty "schedule 80" PVC and carefully tuned to the indicated key. Each flute also has a cherry wooden mouthpiece to not only more closely resemble the playing of a wooden flute but also prevent you from having to put your lips directly onto the PVC. Each Knock-About Flute is made in the woodlands style (with the flue in the flute body) with a simple, low-profile cedar wooden fetish that is attached with deerskin laces.

These flutes are not only virtually indestructible, but we can offer them for a fraction of the price of their wooden cousins. While our Knock-About Flutes may be the perfect "starter flute" for the budget-conscious first time flute buyer, they are also popular with experienced players for use in environments that could damage a quality wooden flute. Below are the Knock-About Flutes we are currently making. Additional keys will be added over time. Please contact us if you would like a different key.

 

How durable are our Knock-About Flutes? Annette Abbondanza of Painted Raven passed along the following tale:

I love the knockabout flute! It really got put to the endurance test... I just got back from hiking the Appalachian Trail in Georgia and took the flute along.

It got soaking wet in the heavy rain that lasted 3 consecutive days, it got bumped around, it fell out of my pack and bounced on the hard rock...but after all that it still played beautifully at the top of Blood Mountain. (attached is a photo)

 

Every once in a while a flute maker will get a photo of his flute being played in a unique environment. This photo was passed along to me by a member of the Indian River Flute Circle and it touched my heart.

The young lady playing a Turtle Mound Flutes Knock-About Flute is Holly Findley, Midwife, in October 2012. Holly is a missionary with the International Aid Services in Nyinbuli Village, South Sudan.

This is a great example of why the Knock-About Flutes are made so durable. We wish Holly safe keeping in her mission and many hours of enjoyment with her flute.

 

Knock-About Flutes in mid-range keys currently available

Knock-About Flute in B-minor. Made from 3/4" schedule 80 PVC. Overall length approximately 19" (length varies due to individual tuning to achieve the desired key). Tuned to the pentatonic minor key of B.

Click here to hear a sample sound clip of a Knock-About Flute in the key of B.

Price: $50.00 - includes a free "Getting Started With Your Native American Flute" book. Shipping and handling extra. Florida residents also must pay state sales tax.

See ordering information below.

 

Knock-About Flute in A-minor. Made from 3/4" schedule 80 PVC. Overall length approximately 20" (length varies due to individual tuning to achieve the desired key). Tuned to the pentatonic minor key of A.

Click here to hear a sample sound clip of a Knock-About Flute in the key of A.

Price: $50.00 - includes a free "Getting Started With Your Native American Flute" book. Shipping and handling extra. Florida residents also must pay state sales tax.

See ordering information below.

Knock-About Flute in G-minor. Made from 3/4" schedule 80 PVC. Overall length approximately 22" (length varies due to individual tuning to achieve the desired key). Tuned to the pentatonic minor key of G.

Click here to hear a sample sound clip of a Knock-About Flute in the key of G.

Price: $50.00 - includes a free "Getting Started With Your Native American Flute" book. Shipping and handling extra. Florida residents also must pay state sales tax.

See ordering information below.

Knock-About Flute in F#-minor. Made from 3/4" schedule 80 PVC. Overall length approximately 23" (length varies due to individual tuning to achieve the desired key). Tuned to the pentatonic minor key of F#.

Price: $50.00 - includes a free "Getting Started With Your Native American Flute" book. Shipping and handling extra. Florida residents also must pay state sales tax.

NOTE: Because of the dynamics of a 3/4" bore flute in the key of F#, they are more of a challenge to play. They are suggested for experienced flute players with the ability to play with slightly expanded stretch of the lower three holes. We will custom make and sell these by special order only. Please e-mail or call if your are interested.

 

Knock-About Flute in F-minor. Made from 1" schedule 80 PVC. Overall length approximately 22" (length varies due to individual tuning to achieve the desired key). Tuned to the pentatonic minor key of F.

Click here to hear a sample sound clip of a Knock-About Flute in the key of G.

Price: $65.00 - includes a free "Getting Started With Your Native American Flute" book. Shipping and handling extra. Florida residents also must pay state sales tax.

See ordering information below.

 

Knock-About Flute in E-minor. Made from 1" schedule 80 PVC. Overall length approximately 23" (length varies due to individual tuning to achieve the desired key). Tuned to the pentatonic minor key of F.

Click here to hear a sample sound clip of a Knock-About Flute in the key of E.

Price: $65.00 - includes a free "Getting Started With Your Native American Flute" book. Shipping and handling extra. Florida residents also must pay state sales tax.

See ordering information below.

 

Knock-About Flute in E♭-minor. Made from 1" schedule 80 PVC. Overall length approximately 24" (length varies due to individual tuning to achieve the desired key). Tuned to the pentatonic minor key of E♭.

Click here to hear a sample sound clip of a Knock-About Flute in the key of E♭.

Price: $65.00 - includes a free "Getting Started With Your Native American Flute" book. Shipping and handling extra. Florida residents also must pay state sales tax.

See ordering information below.

 


To order: To place an order for a Turtle Mound Flutes Knock-About Flute, please call or e-mail your request. We accept Visa, MasterCard, and Discover, and payments via PayPal electronic funds transfer to john@turtlemoundflutes.com.

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Turtle Mound Flutes
4100 N. Wickham Rd. Ste 107A #108
Melbourne, FL 32935
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