Gemeinhardt’s “Crusader” Series
Developed in partnership with flute icon Sir James Galway, this new product range delivers artist-level quality to advancing students Known around the globe as “The Man With The Golden Flute,” Sir James Galway has performed in the world’s most magnificent concert halls and recorded more than 70 albums—not to mention being knighted by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. If you’re a flute maker, finding out Sir James wants to collaborate on a product design is a bit like having Michael Jordan offer to coach your basketball team. That, however, is exactly what led to the Crusader series from Gemeinhardt, a new product range developed with the Irish-born flute virtuoso. The line debuted its first product in 2016 with the C1 headjoint, which Gemeinhardt has begun selling as an option on its 33 Series step-up flutes. For the manufacturer, working with Sir James and his wife Lady Jeanne Galway has been a revelation, sharpening its take on advanced intermediate production and opening new doors throughout the flute world. It was the Galways, however, who suggested the partnership. As creator of the “First Flute” educational program, an online instruction series for students, Sir James wanted an accessibly priced flute line he could recommend alongside it. He also had some specific thoughts on what it should look and sound like, and that’s where Gemeinhardt came in.
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