Erik …the 43,000 year old sound of the Ice Age flute. I really love the fact that the flute is in a scale and... Gary in Fairfax, Virginia, May 5th, 2016
Dear Erik, The Ice Age Flute came a few days ago and I love it! It is the best flute I have purchased, yet.... Richard Dawson in Japan, December 29th 2010
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After the announcement of the discovery of what might be the oldest instrument in the world, I felt quite inspired to look into it and try to bring a semblance of it to my customers.

The original flute was found in a cave in Germany and said to be around 35,000 years old, when Europe was first being populated during the Ice Age. Mammoth relics were found in the same layers the flute was found.

The 13 inch Ice Age Flute is finished naturally, bound with an earth-toned binding and comes with instructions and a flute bag. And because you look marvelous and I am motivated, inside the USA, shipping and handling is included!

To Play: Lift the V shaped notch against a soft grin. Press upwards and tilt while gently spitting out watermelon seeds. Lift and tilt. Keep the lifting pressure, but once you have sound you can stop tilting.

Construction of the flute: I placed the original top hole in back to better fit the hand. The broken hole at the bottom of the original flute is again complete and I cut the length of the flute in tune with the scale. The original flute was extremely thin and short giving it a very high pitch. My flute is wider and longer, giving it a more mellow voice which is likely the direction this flute would have evolved into as flutes moved into being made in Europe out of wood.

Research: Researchers working at two Stone Age German sites have unearthed a nearly complete flute made from a vulture's forearm as well as sections of three mammoth-ivory flutes. These 35,000- to 40,000-year-old finds are the oldest known musical instruments in the world, says archaeologist and project director Nicholas Conard of the University of Tuebingen in Germany. The bone flute, which excavators found in 12 pieces, and the ivory flutes were discovered in the summer of 2008 at Hohle Fels cave, when people first migrated to Europe. The preserved portion of the bone flute is about 8.5 inches long and one-third of an inch wide. Finely incised lines near four finger holes probably indicated where to carve these openings using stone tools. Musicians presumably blew into an end of the bone flute that contains two V-shaped notches. The researchers plan to make a replica of the ancient flute to investigate how it was played and what type of sounds it made.

Update: I was thrilled to get news that my "Ice Age Flute" was taken to the Hohle Fels cave and was played there. To think it's music bounced off those cave walls of our musical past, truly delighted me.

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AN INSTRUMENT IS A FRIEND FOR LIFE

You can pick your instrument in the key you want to play in or it can pick you, as it calls to your soul offering to take you to an enchanted place.

When your heart begins to dance inside you, you will know which one to get.

Shopping Tips: Your instrument should fit your hands, so be aware if in the product description we are recommending an instrument for large hands. Please let us know in the “Order Notes” at Checkout if you are buying for a guy or a gal, if your fingers are very thin, or if your hand span is very small.

Your instrument is guaranteed for one year, but if you take care of it, it should last for decades.

When receiving your instrument during Extreme Weather, please let the package sit in your warmer temperature with all the wrappings for about ½ an hour so it can slowly acclimate from its cold journey. Our bamboo is tropical and needs a moment to say hello!

For even more helpful advice on choosing, playing and taking care of your instrument, check out our FAQ’S - Ask a Flutemaker section here.

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WE SHIP WORLDWIDE*

We will ship your order in 3-5 business days** via United States Postal Service Priority Mail with a tracking number that will be emailed to you when your order is sent. The arrival of your order may vary according to the destination, time of purchase and other delays that can’t be foreseen.

**If the ordered products are in stock. In Holidays Seasons shipping periods may vary.

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**(Custom Taxes not Included)

If you live near the US border, we can ship to a US post office box for free, or If you know of someone traveling back from the USA we can ship anywhere inside the USA for free and you can avoid International charges.

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WHAT'S IN THE BOX

We make sure that all the packages we deliver are well wrapped and packed to insure that your instrument will arrive safely to you.

Most of our instruments come with a flute bag and lessons with some easy songs to play. Check out what unboxing an Erik the Flutemaker’s package is like in the video below:


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Erik …the 43,000 year old sound of the Ice Age flute. I really love the fact that the flute is in a scale and there are no wrong notes. All I have to do is go for rhythm, hold out the notes long while embellishing and pure heaven. It is so interesting that folks used to paint and play flutes in the most resonant places in caves. I sometimes work seven days a week and long hours and I’ll tell you the flute sounds have a way of bringing peace to my brain when I play. And the conscious breathing helps reset the body. Gary in Fairfax, Virginia, May 5th, 2016
Dear Erik, The Ice Age Flute came a few days ago and I love it! It is the best flute I have purchased, yet. I only wish I could have gotten the Chinese flute at the same time. The scale of the Ice Age flute was a bit unusual at first, but after playing it a bit I found it to be an excellent scale! I am very pleased with it and cannot get over the smell of the burnt bamboo. Thank you for making such a flute available. Richard Dawson in Japan, December 29th 2010
Hey Erik I ordered the Ice Age Flute and a Pan Pipe and just wanted to say thank you. The quality is beyond mental speculation, I never would have imagined them to be that beautiful. Thank you! Ryan in Iroquois, Ontario, Canada, April 2010
Hello Erik and greetings from Finland! My Ice age flute came today and is brilliant. I like the way it looks and like the smell. Tuning and the sound is interesting. Let there be love and harmony in Your heart! Juha Rikka in Helsinki Sept. 2009
Erik, I received both flutes in perfect condition. Thank you for sending me the first end-blown Ice Age flute! It sounds like an ancient bone flute that was made for playing by firelight while shadows dance on the cave walls. I've been playing mine by candlelight, and I like to play it meditatively like a shakuhachi or Native American flute. I think the Ice Age flute makes a good, compact, and affordable meditation flute that I can take with me to the woods or wherever else I go. But I don't want to risk Ice Age #1 so I'm ordering another one for my take along flute. By the way, I really appreciate that the money goes to a good cause! Thanks again! Rick Magee in Plant City, FL. Aug. 2009