Adaptive wind instruments

Instruments are mass produced. People are all different. That is why so many players turn to Flutelab to have their musical instrument adapted to their needs. Often, when musicians experience discomfort while playing hey will blame themselves or see a therapist.

To Flutelab, the instrument is the interface between a human and a resonating column of air. It should function right at both sides: the acoustic side and the ergonomical side.

Flutelab has worked on flute, bass flute, , saxophone, clarinet, oboe, recorder, cornet, basset horn, tin whistle, trumpet and folk instruments as the tenora (Cataluna) and Scottisch highland bagpine chanter.

Flutelab invented this novel mechanism for tenor saxophone so an Italian musician could fullfill a life long wish: play saxophone.

This handicapped girl has a deformed right hand. Introducing a D/bD key and porting C and #C to the left pinky she can play the flute.


and an adjustable leg was made to support the instrument.


This girl suffers from juvenile rheuma and has trouble holding the clarinet up. The one-legged stands simply clicks on the clarinet. Also not-handicapped players have reported that they find this arrangement very comfortable.


After a work accident, the owner of this saxophone could not play anymore. With our design, the lower section can be played with two fingers. The same player in action.

The same instrument in action during a gig (XL orchestra, BIMHUIS Amsterdam)


A woman born with one arm requested me to make a one-handed tenor recorder. The system is very easy to learn. The thumb has 3 keys for the thumb hole allowing 3 different apertures. The lower thumb key will change a C into a #C and a D into a #D. C and D are both played with the pinky.


Focal dystonia (task related cramp) is relatively often seen with bagpipe players. One custumer found the dystonia could be held at bay using a more relaxex hand position so I built these special high keys for him. Key height is adjustable for tuning purposes.

After a stroke, the lay playing this recorder was wheelchair bound and unable to hold the instrument. Flutelab made this tripod stand that the recorder clicks onto.

Sometimes you just can’t reach the keys. That is not because the fingers are too short: the keys are too short so we extend them. More images of rebuilt keys here.


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