Zoom Paula Robison Brannen Custom #32 - 14K Gold flute, Inline G, B footjoint
Zoom Paula Robison Brannen Custom #32 - 14K Gold flute, Inline G, B footjoint
Zoom Paula Robison Brannen Custom #32 - 14K Gold flute, Inline G, B footjoint
Zoom Paula Robison Brannen Custom #32 - 14K Gold flute, Inline G, B footjoint

Paula Robison Brannen Custom #32 - 14K Gold flute, Inline G, B footjoint

$32,900.00 USD
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Brannen Cooper Handmade 14K Flute #32 - 14K rose gold Classic Cooper headjoint, 14K gold body with sterling silver mechanism, soldered silver tone holes and rings, silver ribs and posts. French (open hole) model, pointed key arms, white gold springs, inline G, B footjoint. Handmade in USA. Owned by Paula Robison. Letter of provenance included. 

 

Paula Robison with Brannen #32

 

"It was the summer of 1978. The National Flute Association was holding its Convention in Washington DC and I was there as a performer. One day on the exhibit floor a man approached me and opened his raincoat with a very mischievous look on his face! Inside was one of the most beautiful flutes I’d ever seen. It was not solid silver or solid gold, as most flutes were then, but a mixture of the two! The man said “Come to the Brannen Brothers booth and try one” and walked away. “Brannen Brothers?” I thought…”Oh yes…they were with Powell…they have just gone into business for themselves. I’ll head over there right now!” Sure enough, as soon as I tried a Brannen flute I knew that it would help me to sing in the new way I was searching for. The combination of gold tubing, silver mechanism, and Cooper scale was unbeatable, as well as the impeccable craftsmanship and design, with Randy Bowman’s elegant logo on the headjoint. Randy said to me “Go with gold.” I thought he had a good idea there.

That afternoon several of us went into the bathroom in the Brannen suite, one of the only private places to try the flute (how things have changed since then!) and even though the shower curtain got in the way and even though everyone was listening eagerly, close up, I could feel the resonance, and decided to go for it and to order a Brannen flute right away. At the booth I was told that the waiting time was four weeks for a new instrument. I took a deep breath, and ordered mine. I was thrilled to hear that it would be number 32, a special number for me as I regard the age of 32 as an especially beautiful time in a woman’s life. By the time I revisited the booth the next day the waiting time had jumped to 3 years! I guess the word had gotten out!

It took a while for me to get used to playing a gold instrument, and Bickford Brannen was wonderful about making a group of headjoints for me try. I was looking for both warmth and brilliance. Bick knew my playing well, even from the time he was with Powell Flutes, and as I hesitated, chose again, then hesitated, he smiled. Finally when I made my choice he said “I knew you’d choose that one! I made it especially for the way you play.” That really touched my heart! Bick was right. #32 with his headjoint had possibilities I hadn’t dreamed of, and the friendship with Bick and Bob and all the artisans at Brannen Flutes has been a bright part of my life for many years since then.

Brannen Brothers #32 was my voice for all the middle era Vanguard recordings, the MusicMasters recordings, all the Chamber Music Society performances of that era, the subject of some of the best Christian Steiner photo portraits ever, my constant companion for all the Orpheus trio tours around the world, the “CBS Sunday Morning” episode viewable on YouTube, as well as countless Mozart Concerti, Ibert concerti, and some significant first performances of Leon Kirchner solo and chamber works.

I’ll miss my friend very much, but I know that this marvelous flute will soon light up another player’s performing life and bring joy to many listeners too."

Paula Robison

FCNY offers free 3-day Express or 1-3 day Ground shipping via FedEx on all US orders over $400, no code required - this will automatically be an option at checkout. Please note that orders may take up to 2 business days to process.

We are also happy to ship orders internationally! We've shipped flutes to over 100 countries around the world, from Brazil to Korea and everywhere in between. Nothing would make us happier to help you find your next instrument, no matter where you live!

Flute Center of New York offers free in-home trials for all our instruments, new and used. Contact a Resident Flutist or call the shop to set up your trial today!

We are happy to send several instruments at a time - and if you don't find the right instrument, we're happy to send follow-up trials for you to find the perfect instrument! 

Please note that trials are not available on keyless flutes or accessories. Shipping fees may apply - have your flute teacher Join the Club for free shipping!

FCNY offers a 7-day return window for all instrument purchases made through our website, new or used. Please contact us within 7 days of receiving the instrument to begin the return process. All returns and exchanges must include a completed RMA Form.

For those clients who choose to trial instruments before purchasing, there are no returns or refunds after finalizing a sale, as the trial period allows for a free, no obligation return. 

Any pre-owned instrument purchases made via our website will be fulfilled immediately after any existing trials are completed and the instruments are returned to FCNY. FCNY. Please note that FCNY will grant the trialing client the right to purchase any unique item from their trial, even if another buyer has made a purchase online in the interim.

All accessories, including cases, bags, tone enhancers, flute care products, are not eligible for return or exchange. Defective merchandise may be returned for exchange within 7 calendar days of the original invoice date for replacement with an identical item, but must be unused and in original packaging to be eligible for return. Lefreques are eligible for return/exchange within 7 calendar days of the anticipated delivery date. To be eligible for a return or exchange, the Lefreque(s) must be unused and in the same condition that you received it, including the original packaging. To initiate a return of a Lefreque, please contact us. 

Read more about our sales and return policy here.

We proudly offer a 12-month Standard Service Guarantee on all new instrument purchases. The FCNY Standard Service Guarantee covers any and all minor adjustments impacting the playability and/or mechanical functionality of the instrument for 12 months from original purchase date. This Guarantee is built on top of any pre-existing Manufacturer's Limited Warranty on new instruments. New instruments are also eligible for enrollment into FCNY’s Concierge Service Guarantee at time of purchase.

New instruments purchased by students of our ClubFCNY members qualify for a complimentary 18-month extended Standard Service Guarantee. If you're shopping and want to receive a free extended Service Guarantee, tell your teacher to join the Club, or enter your teacher's name and email address at checkout!

Certified pre-owned flutes come with FCNY’s 12-month Standard Service Guarantee. CPO instruments are also eligible for enrollment into FCNY’s Concierge Service Guarantee at the time of purchase.

Non-Certified pre-owned flutes are sold in as-is condition and do not come with any formal warranty or guarantee. However, some minor adjustments can sometimes be completed as part of the sale.

Neither non-certified pre-owned nor certified pre-owned wood instruments or headjoints are eligible for replacement due to cracking.

Shipping

FCNY offers free 3-day Express or 1-3 day Ground shipping via FedEx on all US orders over $400, no code required - this will automatically be an option at checkout. Please note that orders may take up to 2 business days to process.

We are also happy to ship orders internationally! We've shipped flutes to over 100 countries around the world, from Brazil to Korea and everywhere in between. Nothing would make us happier to help you find your next instrument, no matter where you live!

Trials

Flute Center of New York offers free in-home trials for all our instruments, new and used. Contact a Resident Flutist or call the shop to set up your trial today!

We are happy to send several instruments at a time - and if you don't find the right instrument, we're happy to send follow-up trials for you to find the perfect instrument! 

Please note that trials are not available on keyless flutes or accessories. Shipping fees may apply - have your flute teacher Join the Club for free shipping!

Policies

FCNY offers a 7-day return window for all instrument purchases made through our website, new or used. Please contact us within 7 days of receiving the instrument to begin the return process. All returns and exchanges must include a completed RMA Form.

For those clients who choose to trial instruments before purchasing, there are no returns or refunds after finalizing a sale, as the trial period allows for a free, no obligation return. 

Any pre-owned instrument purchases made via our website will be fulfilled immediately after any existing trials are completed and the instruments are returned to FCNY. FCNY. Please note that FCNY will grant the trialing client the right to purchase any unique item from their trial, even if another buyer has made a purchase online in the interim.

All accessories, including cases, bags, tone enhancers, flute care products, are not eligible for return or exchange. Defective merchandise may be returned for exchange within 7 calendar days of the original invoice date for replacement with an identical item, but must be unused and in original packaging to be eligible for return. Lefreques are eligible for return/exchange within 7 calendar days of the anticipated delivery date. To be eligible for a return or exchange, the Lefreque(s) must be unused and in the same condition that you received it, including the original packaging. To initiate a return of a Lefreque, please contact us. 

Read more about our sales and return policy here.

Warranty

We proudly offer a 12-month Standard Service Guarantee on all new instrument purchases. The FCNY Standard Service Guarantee covers any and all minor adjustments impacting the playability and/or mechanical functionality of the instrument for 12 months from original purchase date. This Guarantee is built on top of any pre-existing Manufacturer's Limited Warranty on new instruments. New instruments are also eligible for enrollment into FCNY’s Concierge Service Guarantee at time of purchase.

New instruments purchased by students of our ClubFCNY members qualify for a complimentary 18-month extended Standard Service Guarantee. If you're shopping and want to receive a free extended Service Guarantee, tell your teacher to join the Club, or enter your teacher's name and email address at checkout!

Certified pre-owned flutes come with FCNY’s 12-month Standard Service Guarantee. CPO instruments are also eligible for enrollment into FCNY’s Concierge Service Guarantee at the time of purchase.

Non-Certified pre-owned flutes are sold in as-is condition and do not come with any formal warranty or guarantee. However, some minor adjustments can sometimes be completed as part of the sale.

Neither non-certified pre-owned nor certified pre-owned wood instruments or headjoints are eligible for replacement due to cracking.

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