Flutes are in the category of woodwinds and unlike other similar instruments produce a very pleasant soft sound without using a reed. Flutes produce sound using the flow of air . Generally called a flutist, the flute is known for its pleasant and sweet sounding tones that easily blend with various other instruments.
Flute manufacturers like the Powell Company use precious metals to make their flutes because of their denseness, attractive luster and malleability. Silver, gold and platinum alloy are the most used of the precious metals. Platinum alloy flutes are thought to be the best sounding flutes because of their dark, penetrating sound as well as its ability to maintain stable pitches with different dynamic levels.