I was trained as a pianist with a degree
from the Conservatoire Superior of Geneva
where I studied counterpoint, harmony and
history of music. In 1994 having completed
my studies and not wishing to pursue a
teaching career, I decided to put my efforts
toward recorder making under the guidance of
my father. Clearly, my training
as a professional musician proved to be a
Because quality and means are inseparable in
my view, I made a decision from the start,
to invest in tools and precision equipment
that would enable me to reproduce the same
fine results every time. Though a costly
undertaking which required additional
knowledge and skill, this investment has
allowed me to achieve high precision and
beauty in my instruments. In fact I believe
it is this marriage of technology and old-world
craftsmanship that enable me to satisfy the
highest standards of instrument making today.
In 2000, I started to work on a Boehm style
transverse flute made of Grenadille wood.
This was a monster of a project which
created all manner of technical problems.
However, my interest and growing technical
insights into the field of engineering,
allowed me to acquire the know how to make
this devilish instrument. Considering that I
started with a handicap of 50-100 years of
work already done by Japanese and American
flute makers, I managed to make several
important improvements to the instrument.
By adding ball bearings to the mechanism, I
provided greater tactile facility for the
player, and by creating a layer of support
for the mechanism from a single piece of
metal, I created a flute with a mechanism
that was far more stable.
My persistence in this effort brought me
recognition from the French Ministry of
the prize for Best
Instrument Maker in France 2006.
Back to terra firma in my workshop after
Champagne with the Minister, I now offer
several models of baroque recorders, the
soprano at 415 Hz to the Voice Recorder.
These flutes can be delivered at the
original pitch (between 392 Hz and 412
Hz ) according to the model. Pre-baroque are
represented by Ganassi in G, Soprano Van-Eyck,
and the Rafi Recorders. I am in the process
of finishing the Bassette Rafi which will
complete the consort of instruments already
My objective has always been to recreate the
sound of the instruments as they were in
their original state.
instruments are available in Boxwood, Maple,
Boxwood can be a bit capricious and requires
a special stabilization process. Its
particular tone color makes it a favorite of
Grenadille, also known as Mozambique
Ebony, is a very stable wood from the
Dalbergia family and is considered top-notch
among tropical woods.
Compared to Black Ebony from Africa, it is
very resistant to cracks.
Maple is an amazing wood because its sound
is velvety and powerful but is light in
terms of weight. In addition, recorders made
of maple are very resistant to the problems
happy to make revisions on instruments
whether they are from my workshop or not.
It is always possible to improve an
instrument, even if it is “tired’... I
can’t give a price for such work without
seeing an instrument, but consider that for
the sum of a hundred Euros, a recorder can
be transformed. I offer this service
to those who have purchased my instruments,
but in truth I see very few of them coming
back for revision. Are my flutes
stable to the point of never having to be
worked on or cleaned? Don’t hesitate
to return them for a tuneup, you will never
prefer not to make an instrument with a body
that can operate at more than one pitch for
I find that it is a compromise. The result
is sometimes satisfactory, but it is never
Finally, I have the greatest respect for the
recorder players who help me earn my
livelihood. I understand
that one makes a substantial investment when
purchasing an instrument. For this
reason I guarantee my recorders for two
years including the appearance of cracks, a
problem that is rare in the instruments I
produce, and to my way of thinking is more
the fault of the maker than the player.
Musician that I am, I could not sell
an instrument which does not please me
It is my intention with this website, to
show you my work and to give you a sense of
my ideas about instrument-making. I am
convinced that an exceptional instrument
does not happen by accident. That is
why precision will always be the watchword
in that which I produce. An instrument
capable of rapid attacks in the upper
register, power in the lower register, with
perfect intonation and refined color is
fundamental to a fine instrument .
But beyond that is the personality and
richness of its possibilities of musical
expression that makes it your instrument.