About Us

Verne Q. Powell Flutes was founded in 1927 by Verne Powell to provide professional flutists with custom made precious metal flutes.

He opened his shop at 295 Huntington Ave in Boston, Massachusetts – just down the street from the famous Boston Symphony Hall.  The first 10 flutes made by Mr. Powell were owned by some of the most famous American flutists of the time, including William Kincaid, Arthur Lora and John Wummer.  By 1930 Powell flutes were part of major orchestras in Baltimore, Boston, Cleveland, Detroit, New York and Philadelphia.

 (Click here to see a PDF of the original Powell brochure.)

Today the workshop is in Maynard, a small town just outside Boston. Our shop occupies one floor of a building that was originally a woolen mill.  Much like the workers who originally occupied the building, our flute makers continue the New England tradition of craftsmanship and a devotion to making the highest quality instruments. 

Every day we employ a strategic combination of hand crafting, technology and a little bit of magic to create instruments which free the flutist to explore their musicality. If you are ever in the area, please stop by - we love visitors!