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Industry: Musical Instruments

Burkart Phelan Case Study

Musical Instruments: 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 [from which] to make a part. The material cost $7 and the part took us 1 hour to make. The DATRON mill did the job in 2 minutes.”

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