Why do we not have prices on our website?
This is a TJ instrument reference website only as we do not sell our instruments directly to musicians.
Instead we sell our Trevor James flutes via our international network of specialist distributors. The details of the TJ representatives in your area can found here .
What is the weight of a Trevor James flute?
|TJ 10x flute
|| 360 gms
|TJ Privilege flute with C foot
|| 420 gms
|TJ Privilege flute with B foot
|| 440 gms
|TJ Cantabile flute with C foot
|| 440 gms
|TJ Cantabile flute with B foot
|| 460 gms
|Addtional weight with TJ 'Voce headjoint
|| +20 gms
|TJ Virtuoso flute with C foot
|| 440 gms
|TJ Virtuoso flute with B foot
|| 460 gms
|Additional weight with TJ 'Voce'headjoint
|| +20 gms
|TJ Alto flute
|| 680 gms
| TJ Bass flute
|| 1300 gms
What is the weight of the case without flute?
Traditional flute case for TJ flutes 480 gms
Cherrywood case 660 gms
Alto flute wooden case 820 gms
Bass flute case wooden case 3000 gms
What is a step-up flute?
The first flute for the majority of flute players will be designed with ease of sound production as the focus. After a few years of practice and progression, flute players begin to desire more from an instrument. Not only are they required to play more complex and speedier technical passages, but their tonal requirements subtly change from ease of sound to quality of tone. This is where the student will look at the purchase of the 'step-up' instrument. This usually brings in to consideration models with headjoints of 925 silver or sometimes also with 925 silver body tube as well.
Do I need to oil my Trevor James wooden lip plate, wooden headjoint or wooden flute?
Any Grenadilla wood on your flute will be easy to care for. You will simply need to protect it from extremes of temperature and dryness. If you do not have a nut allergy then almond oil is by far the most frequently used. Take a small amount of almond oil on a cotton wool bud and wipe it over the wood. Never soak or over-oil any wood. Please note that it is vitally important to source an alternative oil should you have a nut allergy!
Refer to specific wooden care guide (click here)
What happens if I get sticky pads?
Should the pads become sticky then it is important that you clean the inside of your flute to ensure that all moisture is eliminated. It is often said that using cigarette papers to soak up the moisture when sticky pads occur will solve the problem. The simple advice is DO NOT! The skin of the pad is very delicate when wet and can be torn very easily. If the problems persists then speak to your teacher or specialist flute shop.
What does 925 silver mean?
It means that the metal used has a 92.5% silver content.
What if I think my flute is playing out of tune?
Take the wooden cleaning which is included in you TJ flute outfit, gently insert the end which has the engraved line into the headjoint until it meets the cork plate. Look down into the embouchure hole and if the line is not located in the centre then you will need to ask your teacher or a specialist flute shop to realign the cork which is located unit inside
Some quick do's and don'ts for flute care!
- Always use the correct method to assemble and de-assemble your instrument.
- It’s important that you always dry inside your flute once you’ve finished playing.
- Never keep the damp cloth that you’ve dried your flute with in the case.
- Do not oil the flute mechanism yourself. Take it to a specialist repair technician.
- Never use liquid metal polish, of any type.
- Do not regulate your own instrument by turning adjusting screws.
- Do not leave your instrument on a chair or other surface when not playing as it is very easily knocked off and damaged!
- Ensure that your instrument has adequate insurance cover against loss, damage or theft.
If you are unsure about any aspects of your instrument, consult your teacher or specialist flute shop. For more care information click on the Flute Owners Manual download here
What is the Trevor James warranty on new instruments?
For details of our Trevor James instrument guarantee click here
How does the new CITES ruling on wood that came in to effect on the 2nd January 2017 affect me?
This is currently a difficult ruling to follow; however the simplist answer is, yes you can travel overseas with your TJ flute if it has a wooden crown, lip plate or headjoint if it was manufactured (not when you purchased it from a music store) before January 2, 2017, as long as the wood of the Dalbergia genus that you are carrying weighs less than 10kg - which of course on Trevor James flutes it does. The Dalbergia genus includes the Grenadilla wood that our wooden crown, lip plate and headjoints are made from.