Burkart Phelan Case Study

Milling Flute and Piccolo Parts from Precious Metals

Some manufacturers march to the tune of a different musician.

James Phelan is a horn player who repaired brass and woodwind instruments to pay for his music degree from the New England Conservatory. Later, when working for Boston flute maker Verne Powell, Phelan decided to bring modern manufacturing technology to flute making, and acquired a small, manual Wade screw machine for the company’s shop.

When Burkart-Phelan was looking at a machine purchase, I gave DATRON a piece of silver to make a part with. The material cost $7 and the part took us 1 hour to make. The DATRON mill did the job in 2 minutes.

The Industry: Musical Instruments

The Customer: Burkart Phelan

Burkart-Phelan, located in Massachusetts, is a fully equipped machine shop, larger flute making area, and acoustically designed testing room allows Burkart’s craftspeople to continue providing world-class instruments for today’s discerning musicians.