Shannon Flute

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I'm developing an improved model now; please watch for its début.


Finally!  The power and playability of the
wooden flutes, now in affordable polymer.

"SHANNON" sounds loud and clear for superb performance of Irish music. Classic features include elliptical blowhole and conical bore for the rich harmonics required. With the playing specifications of "SLIGO”  and the construction of "ONYX", “SHANNON" has profiled, undercut toneholes, to give a clear, buildable tone and crisp ornamentation. Excellent harmonic alignment (octave registration) and accurate scale on A=440. An easy-blowing, high-performance flute, designed for maximum playing satisfaction, durability and beauty at an affordable price with easy care. Pitched in the key of low D (non-transposing).

Comfortable hole spacing on the left hand (2.86", 73mm) and right (2.70", 69mm). The F# hole has a diameter of (0.35", 8.9mm). The A-hole (left hand, #3) is offset for easy reach. No extra charge for zero offset, just contact me to place a special order. Lengths are 10.2" (head), 8.2" (upper body), 8.2" (lower body) or 24.1" assembled (256, 208, 208 and 612mm respectively). A joint between the hands means that the player can adjust the angular position for comfort. The player can easily tune this instrument by moving the slender tenon that slides in the head's internal o-rings. Additional o-rings join the other components or serve as tuning spacers. The crown cap is integral with the endstopper; the three main sections are machined from solid rod-stock black acetal (like Delrin®, and FDA approved). Laser engraving complements the fine workmanship.

Gives a strong tone throughout its compass, with a respectable presence on E and A, which are sometimes weak on old flutes. "SHANNON" has good honk to cut thru at any session.

This flute has a simple exterior, but beneath the surface lie the results of 40 years of my experience, drawing the best from more than a century of classic, wood-flute greatness. Guaranteed to satisfy the beginner or expert, or your money cheerfully refunded. Please check out my other models. A word about break-in and setup.

Shannon Flute


Price of the "SHANNON" Model Flute: $275.00



SHIPPING INFORMATION: All U.S Domestic orders will be shipped at a flat rate of $8 per order.  International orders will be charged an initial $8 for shipping and upon completion of order processing through PayPal, the customer will be contacted and billed by WD Sweet Flutes for additional shipping charges based on the international location and value of the order.  European customers should contact me prior to ordering for the best shipping options.


.mp3 Sound Samples (Coming Soon!) 

mp3     "SHANNON" Flute 
played by Walt
mp3     "SHANNON" Flute 
played by Walt Sweet
mp3     "SHANNON" Flute 
played by Walt Sweet

Padded Nylon Case with Velcro




"Out of the box, the thick delrin construction feels very sturdy. The surface of the delrin reminds me of vinyl records. The finish is very nice, while the finger holes are noticeably hand worked. Now, this is not a problem. It just says that hands-on care was put into carefully voicing and tuning the instrument."

"I put flute together and boy was I blown away! While many people praise the ease of the reedy Irish tone, the most striking feature I find is the extremely wide dynamic range. I can play the flute sweetly and quietly up to the higher octaves. I can also honk it out loud and reedy should I want a more powerful sound. Whether it is for quiet practice at the apartment or at a loud gig, this flute will definitely suffice. In just a little time, I will get to know the full potential of this beautiful instrument."

Ruben Claro A. Reyes IV, Fluting halfway around the world, September 2015

"Dollar for dollar the "SHANNON" flute, by Walt Sweet, is hard to beat. I appreciate [the flutes made by the other respected makers], but Walt Sweet's flute works beautifully. It is in perfect tune and plays very easily. It feels great in the hand and has good volume and a solid low D. It is indestructible and low-maintenance. It's a perfect beginner's flute, and then some. I am selling one for $275 and I will take it back if the buyer doesn't like it, and I'll offer a full refund. This would be a great travel flute or a flute to keep with you in the car, that you wouldn't have to worry about very much. The flute is available in the US but I can also mail the flute to anybody in the EU, when I get back there in July, with no expensive shipping or tax implications."

Julia, Clare County, June 2013

"I have both a [beginner's flute] and a Walt Sweet "SHANNON". Both have ergonomic hole designs, very comfortable. The delrin "SHANNON" is more of a "powerhouse" for when I need to be heard. It's got a real booming low D, and takes practically no effort to maintain a strong, reedy tone throughout (that "session edge" tone). Also, it's really easy to play in-tune, staying on pitch virtually no matter what I do."

Cameron, Seattle, Wa, June 2013

The very first time I played "SHANNON," I didn't need to adapt myself or adjust the flute. This is the first flute I feel that way about, and we're clearly made for each other. All I can say is, "Wow, you have a winner." The sound is rich and woody, the articulation crisp.

  • Good volume in a session. I was able to hear myself playing much better than on my R&R style flute, despite the R&R having equal if not larger tone holes (not sure how you pulled that off). 
  • Very nice embouchure hole. The tone is easily varied and responsive as heck, yet easy to play, too, which is a rare combo. Thank you for sticking with an elliptical hole instead of the boxed oval that some folks use. 
  • This is THE most-in-tune flute I've ever played. 
  • Fnat, G# and Bb half-hole very well. I can even make an attempt at Eb. The other accidentals are really good. 
  • The slender tenon at the tuning slide is superb and the internal O-rings work great! Very stable, tunes well (and your marker of two O-rings is right on pitch with my blowing style). 

Eric, Kansas City, MO, July 2012 

I recently had the privilege of playing one of Walt Sweet's "SHANNON" flutes. Aesthetically, the "SHANNON" is a beautiful instrument. Fit and finish are exceptional and the graceful lines show Walt's artistry. There is obviously a lot of attention to detail. The tone holes and tenons are nicely finished as well.

Of course, none of that matters if the thing won't play and boy does the "SHANNON" play! The tone is rich and complex and the volume is excellent. The volume between octaves is nicely balanced as well. I have to say I was surprised by what good volume it has for a flute with smallish holes. The ergonomics of the flute are very nice. Even a person with small hands could manage this flute.

The flute is made of delrin which means it requires virtually no care. At this price point, I think every serious flute player should have one of these beauties. The "SHANNON" is a flute that could go to places that a wooden flute wouldn't dare to go, and play like a champ when it gets there.

Doc Jones, The Irish Flute Store         Buhl, Idaho                  July, 2012


"I just received the "SHANNON" and WOW! It's definitely the best Irish flute I've ever played, hands down: "the best." Just love the response and would play this one professionally. Who cares if it's not wood? I think the pricing is great. And the o-rings are super for the joints. Congratulations. I think it will be a big hit! And made in the USA! Which is something I stand for wholeheartedly. Beautiful clean workmanship. Impressive. I can't wait to try your other flutes."
Susan Eberenz, New York Woodwind and Brass, New York NY        June 2012 


"The new Shannon Low D Irish Flute, by proven whistle and flute maker Walt Sweet, offers authentic Irish Flute sound with superb intonation, a sleek design, and the stability only high quality polymer can provide. The strong low D note, good control, and clarity in moving between octaves make this flute a joy to play."
Michael White, Heritage Music, Salmon Arm British Columbia    April 2012


"I received the Shannon flute today and it's a beauty. Congratulations! I love the the full sound and the ease when going between octaves.  Thanks again for your fine work." 
Maureen, San Francisco CA    April, 2012


"Simply The Best:  This is one amazing flute: my goodness, what a sound.  I cannot put it down. One of my guitar playing friends, commented on how it sounds like, "two flutes at once." Very loud, great complex woody tone, and comfortable. I have played several Delrin flutes over the years, and have paid a great deal of money for some, but this Shannon beats them all, hands down. I cannot compliment you enough on this flute, and thank you for convincing me to give it a little time."
Malcolm Susman,  Los Angeles CA   Dec 7, 2011