James Hall


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Hall Crystal Flutes

James Hall saw his sister’s flute and wondered if he could make one out of glass. He bought a glass tube from his university’s science supply and used his brother’s blow torch to make finger holes in the tube. His first flute wasn't completely in tune, but James knew he was on to something new and interesting. James sold his flutes for 10 years up and down California at craft fairs. His first NAMM show was a big turning point and the success of that show allowed him to settle down and not travel. Today, Hall Flutes uses automated machinery to create James' masterpieces. Hall Flutes has also expanded to manufacture panpipes, guitar slides, and a four-foot tall glass didgeridoo.