Bubinga Drone Flute Page

Native American Style Drone Flutes made from Bubinga (African Rosewood). You can bring your own accompaniment with you. Either play as a double or as a single. Wonderfully haunting sound.

  • Bubinga Drone Flutes Available With or Without Double Inlay

    One of my favorite woods for drones is Bubinga, which comes from Africa. It is a very heavy, hard wood and can generate a bright, crisp tone. This is the tone that I personally like for a drone flute. The Bubinga Drones are available in the keys of F#m, Gm and Em. Note, the Em flute is long, about 26" overall. The finger holes can be difficult to reach for the inexperienced player or if one has small or stiff hands. I prefer the Gm drone for performances as it really stands out and projects well. The F#m has a more contemplative, mellow tone while the Em has a somewhat deeper and darker sound. The Bubinga drones may not in currently be in stock, but can be made for you upon request. I try to keep a good supply of the best hand-picked Bubinga I can find to create these outstanding instruments.
    The drones that I'm creating now have an overall shape similar to the top flute. The double inlaid drone on the bottom was made some time ago. I've since opened up the Slow Air Chamber (SAC) in the rear which makes the flute a little bigger on the north end. The tone is better with a bigger SAC.

    Listen to sound samples of the Drone Flutes that I make. Click to hear a Gm, F#m, Em and Dm drone.

    Gm Bubinga Drone-No Inlay: $295.00

    Easy to handle, easy to play. Gm has what I like to call a "happy" sound. My favorite for performance.

    F#m Bubinga Drone-No Inlay: $295.00

    OK for most players. Can be difficult if one's hands are small. Mellow, meditative tone.

    Em Bubinga Drone-No Inlay: $349.00

    Popular key for many musicians. Not for small hands. Holes can be hard to reach for some. .

    Gm Bubinga Drone-Double Inlay: $349.00

    Easy to handle, easy to play. Gm has what I like to call a "happy" sound. My favorite for performance.

    F#m Bubinga Drone-Double Inlay: $349.00

    OK for most players. Can be difficult if one's hands are small. Mellow, meditative tone.

    Em Bubinga Drone-Double Inlay: $369.00

    Popular key for many musicians. Not for small hands. Holes can be hard to reach for some.

  • Above is pictured an example of a Bubinga Drone with no inlay. Available in Gm, F#m and Em.

  • Here is a photo of my Bubinga Double Inlaid Drone in F#m. This Drone will give you plenty of volume, a wonderful, clear voice and accurate tuning. The Bubinga is an African Rosewood which can be orange-brown to red, sometimes with purple grain. As with all my flutes, these are finished with a high gloss, clear polyurethane that brings out the natural beauty and luster in the wood. The dense, heavy wood gives this flute a clear, loud voice that can compete with any acoustic instrument. Of course, the drone side which can be played at will, gives you harmony with the minor pentatonic scale. The drone side plays the fundamental, F# in this case, which will play a unison with the lowest note and the octave. The sound of the drone is most haunting and hypnotic. Here is the link to hear a Bubinga Drone in F#m. You can listen the Gm Drone by clicking here. Listen to an Em drone by clicking here.

  • A close up of the double inlay.

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