|Hi Folks. Here are some
more of the testimonials sent in after my customers received their
flutes or CDs.
I received the F# Eastern Aromatic cedar flute yesterday. I was
expecting a concert tuned flute that was a work of art with a voice and
range that would blow me away.
Well...you exceeded my expectations! When I took the flute out of the
bag, it took my breath away. The sweet voice and range of this flute is
I own flutes made by Brent Haines, Ed Hrebec and Gary Kuhl and let me
say, for the money, your flute beats them all! (please don't raise your
prices :) although you could)
My next purchase is going to be a drone flute ,I'm not sure what key I
want yet, but I am sure of this, it will be a Laughing Crow flute!
Paul from Massachusetts
WOW and AWESOME is all I can say.
Your flute is the only flute in my collection I can really lay
down some blues riffs on. The notes bend with ease.
Way to cool. Last night I was jammin on your flute like crazy,
my wife came in the room and told me "Go to the garage. It
sounds good but you are driving me bananas!" That's cool to I
have a flute that drives my wife bananas. Bottom line Richard
Thank you for an excellent flute.
Marcus Dyess (DyessFlutes) http://www.dyessflutes.com/
Hi Richard - I just have to have that tiger maple /
claro walnut flute so I have just ordered it online. I also ordered
a burl maple eagle fetish, but it is not for that flute (I wouldn't
change a thing on that one), I want to add it to my rosewood flute
so please just include it separately when you ship the flute.
I have had an epiphany on this trip and am certain that this year
will be a major step in my flute journey. I have found that rather
than focusing on the technical aspects of playing, if instead I
focus on what or who I am playing for and let the feeling flow
through me it makes a dramatic difference. Also, I find that new
flute melodies are frequently popping into my head now, when
previously I have never composed any music of my own.
There are certainly a bunch of wonderful and no doubt accomplished
flute makers out there, and I gave some thought to having several
flutes from different makers. But not only is it always a bit dicey
choosing something from just an online representation.....but I
really like your flutes. They play and feel right to me, and it
seems that having several flutes that feel and play similarly would
be perhaps easier than switching between a number of different
styles. Having met you, it's also obvious that you are as much a
musician as an accomplished flutemaker, and I'm sure that's not
always the case. I find that I prefer the crisper and more resonent
sound that some of the harder woods yield to the softer and fuzzier
western red cedar. And I very much admire and appreciate some of
the fantastic things you are doing with combining different woods in
such dramatic ways to create wonderful instruments that are also
such true pieces of art.
Up until recently I have really just been dabbling at playing and am
very much a beginner. But after discovering what I think is the key
to take my playing to a much higher level, I am really excited to be
able to own and play several of your truly unique and special
instruments. I know that I will treasure and enjoy them forever -
thank you for being such a true artist and craftsman.
I picked up my flute today, the birds-eye maple drone. It arrived in
You know, it's not very often where something inspires you to the point
all you can say, over and over again, is "wow!". What an incredibly
beautiful flute. Your phrase "musical works of art" fits perfectly. It's
equally enjoyable to play, ask my neighbors, I haven't stopped since
it out of the box! I particularly like the way you've crafted the mouth
piece. I was concerned that it would be difficult to control the
air to the second chamber but your design makes this all very natural.
I really can't thank you enough. Perhaps the only way I may, is by
the gift of your art with others!
I hope the joy your instruments bring
to others does more than peek through
from time to time. I think that they don't stop giving from the moment
leave your hands (and probably long before!)
Music of any kind elevates the soul, but playing music, even more so. In
limited experience, playing a wind-blown instrument bonds the player
instrument, with the music and with the spirit like nothing else (OK, I
play drums, they could be an exception).
I have a couple of wonderful flutes. A crow flute from Odell Borg in F#
a bass C flute in cedar from Colin Peterson. They each play so sweetly,
they are well made and beautiful. But this flute... this birds-eye maple
drone from Laughing Crow, well, wow! It's easily the finest flute I've
I'm extremely fortunate to touch the culture that has borne these
instruments. And I greatly appreciate that you've not only kept this
tradition alive for future generations, but that you've elevated this
to such a high degree of art and function. You inspire me to do more in
life and career to bring joy to other people. Thank you, thank you,
If you'd like to use any of my words in any way, I'd be honored.
And if you ever want to peek into that joy, just close your eyes and sit
quietly. I think you'll hear us all out there making glorious, if not
so beautiful, music.
My deepest gratitude,
Thank you very much for the flute (Eastern Aromatic Cedar F#) you have
made me, it was made to perfection and arrived oh so quickly. I can't
thank you enough for the sound it produces as I play it, oh and the over
all feel and look is amazing, this is art in itself. Much appreciation
for your work, and much kindness. Thank you again, and happy holidays!
Hello Mr. Maynard,
I am Yonah Two Bears. I believe you and
my dad (Eric Two Bears) have been communicating ever since he
purchased a flute for me. I really enjoy the flute. I used it in a
performance at Church on Christmas eve and was able to touch a lot
of people's hearts with the instrument you made. Being Native
American, I have grown up hearing the peaceful melodies of the
native flute and know a good quality flute when I hear it. The flute
I received is in the key of E and not only sounds beautiful but is
very well crafted. I just wanted to thank you for the flute and to
let you know how great my new flute sounded on stage in front of
about 900 people on Christmas eve.
Also, I attached a song I composed and
recorded for a CD my dad and I are making. I used your flute in this
song. It sounds like there are two people playing at once but I just
recorded two tracks of harmony, so they are both me. Please let me
know what you think of it. I also used the wireless microphone you
sent to record the songs on my cd, It works great. Thanks.
I arrived home today from a short trip to find
the package on my
doorstep. Thank you for such quick service. Of course I had to spend
some time playing the new acquisition. I found that my practice on the
larger Dm really helped me here. I have a short performance in about 3
weeks where I intend to include a brief piece using the Am flute (oh,
what an incentive to practice!!!). Of course the workmanship is
superb. I will have both flutes out and displayed in my "music
room"/office. The Dm has always generated very positive comments from
guests/visitors just because they view it as art regardless of its
musical qualities (which are superb).
Got the flute yesterday.
Thanks for shipping it so fast. I'm amazed at how lightweight
and sonorous it is. You may be interested to know that a big
flock of crows converged for a short time next to my house
yesterday, no joke. Keep up the good work-
Hi Richard, I received my beautiful flute today. I
cannot put into adequate
words what the sound means to me. It is magical! Also what skillful
construction, truly a masterpiece. Thank you so much.
Hello Richard (Laughing Crow),
It has been a year since I bought my two flutes from you. I
got your Bear in Dm and an F#. I did not know how to play
the flute before I bought mine, so I got the book and CD
"Understanding the Gift". It taught me how to play and I
love it! I can actually play pretty well now :-). My Flutes
bring me such peace and tranquility and uplift my Spirit. I
have met three local flute makers and all of them were so
impressed with your work. "This guy really knows his stuff",
"This guy is a master craftsman" etc. Two have actually
changed the way they do the sound box and fetish because
your design is so good. I was invited to join the "Cascadia
Flute Circle" here in Oregon and played my flutes at our
Powwow. The most common comment I get after some ones plays
one of my flutes is "WOW, This is the most magical flute
I've ever played". I think so too :-). I can honestly say
that you are the best flute maker I've come across! I
recently bought a E Drone form a local flute maker. He is a
Master Carver and his Flutes are beautiful works of art.
Mine is an Eagle. It is a nice flute... but heavy. It has a
sweet voice but does not sing out the way your flutes do. I
definitely want to get a Drone from you. I love my D flute
and really want a D Drone. I can manage the size :-). I will
probably want a customer made one from you if you are
willing. The past year has given me a skill that I will take
with me the rest of my life. My Roommate and I have five
flutes now. I want to buy her one of yours. She loves the
bass flutes. Her reach is 6feet from finger tip to finger
tip and she has not found a bass flute that she cannot play.
I am so envious... I just don't have the reach to play them
but I love the sound! She loves your ABM. So I just wanted
to say thank you! Hey, congrats on getting your Earth Ship
up and running... Gaia loves you!
I have worn out all three CD's of your music, lol. In fact I
am listening to "Aeolian Dreams" right now. Emergence is my
favorite! Anyway, Keep up the beautiful work and I'll talk
to you soon.
Fly High, Seek Peace, Breath Deep,
Kriss B. (Abalone Shell Woman)
Hi Richard, I received the flute yesterday. It is
beautiful a true work of art. The sound quality is grand. And as you stated easy
to blow even for a beginner as myself. Your craftsmanship is outstanding. I
couldn't be more satisfied. I look forward to the arrival of the Gm flute.
From the UK:
THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!! Its wonderful, I can't wait till
Christmas day to see his face when he opens it. Thank you so much
I received my flute a half and hour or so ago...I would have written
immediately, but I couldn't put it down.
As you know, I learned the fingerings on a friend's student flute. Being
professional musician, I know what a difference a quality instrument can
make - but this is unbelievable. This flute responds far more easily to
vibrato. It's easier to play in tune. It's possible to fall off the
(something I couldn't do consistently on my friend's instrument). The
quality of the sound is fantastic.
I can hardly believe it's me playing it.
You are a craftsman and an artist. Thank you so very much. And thank you
the surprise. I will enjoy hearing you play at least as much as I will
learning on this instrument.
Hi Richard. I have now had my LC cedar F# flute for a
few days and cannot
tell you how very much I am enjoying it. I already had a walnut G from
another maker but I doubt that it will ever get played again. Yours is
simple and so enchanting!!!!
Thank you so very much for this precious gift you have created from
Mother Earth. I have received the flute you created and it is a
blessing. The Peace this brings is truly a gift. My children are so
excited to play it and I have found my quiet time will share the flute
as well. Thank you!
Thank you. I received the flute you made for me. I am playing it and it
sounds great. I have musical experience from playing guitar for the last
years, so it comes quite easily to play this great flute. I have always
a admirer of Carlos Nakai and I have already figured out a few of his
Four years ago, I lost my voice due to RRP disease, (Recurrent
Papillomatosis). It is basically a disease that attacks the vocal cords
these aggressive tumors block my airway and have taken my voice away. I
a faint whisper and I have had multiple surgeries. My life has changed
without a voice. This flute gives me inspiration and I can now create a
voice, so to speak!
I play melodies to heal myself and keep my spirit strong. I am thankful
you. From my heart, your gift is appreciated and I will remember you
Also thought you might find this interesting.......I just completed 7
weeks of radiation treatment during which my blood pressure went up. The
doctors said the treatments couldn't be the cause but my BP has always
been good and I definitely believe radiation is a stress on the body.
Yesterday my BP was 152/101 but in the evening, after playing my
wonderful LC flute, it was only 117/82!!
Thank you, thank you. Sherry
Received flute this week, great looking flute also sounds brilliant.
Thank you for the great service ,was first class you will always be
will cherish this flute forever.
Steve ( England )
Thank you so much for the wonderful flute. I love the
voice and she has such a beautiful response and volume.
She has easily and quickly become a very valued part of
my musicality. I feel that I have been blessed by you
with the beautiful instrument to allow me to better
express myself musically and spiritually.
Thanks again for your work and the heart that you put
the sweetest tone I have ever heard, I can't believe that it sounds
sooooooo good" Lee from Irving TX.
"The tone and quality of the flutes
are awesome. I like the wood so much, that cedar has such a sweet
mystical fragrance and colour. They will always be respected for the
wood and the intent that went into making them" George G., London,
The birds eye flute is
over the top! she sounds wonderful! Thank you! A.K. New Canaan, CT
Hi Richard, just to let you know that my Flute
arrived this morning, and I am really, really pleased. When I opened
the parcel it was much nicer than I had expected and honestly
thought you had sent me the wrong Flute! It sounds and looks great.
Thank you very much. It really is a pleasure to deal with someone
over the internet whom you can trust, and I'm now looking forward to
the mic arriving.
Coral (From the U.K.)
"I just wanted to
let you know how pleased I was when I received the Bear in D. It is
really beautiful and I was especially pleased that the lighter cedar
color showed on the majority of the flute...in my opinion, it really
added to it's beauty. Thanks again for such a great instrument!" Clare
in Chelmsford, MA
"Hi Laughing Crow, I'm really enjoying
the F# I bought from you and want the companion in G. I've tried a wide
variety of NA flutes and like several. The attraction and playing
comfort of yours beats all of them for a natural instrument in my hands.
Your flutes are beginning to sound even better the more I get the chance
to listen to and play other flutes." Jim T. Dayton, OH
"I'm enjoying your CD Quemado Rain.
I'm in east Texas and it's thundering with
a light rain fall. My windows are open and the song birds are rejoicing.
the perfect Mother's Day gift from God. I thank you." Mary H.
"Hi Richard. Just wanted to let you
know that I received my flute today. In
perfect condition and in perfect sound!! Thank you so much. My friend
(who purchased an F# from you recently) and I plan to join our "voices"
your beautiful instruments. Thanks for sharing your love of the Native
American flute and culture." Sherry (From Australia)
"I really enjoy playing "your" flute.
I don't need instructions, I don't have
to read notes. It's just a matter of feeling. And what is also important
me: playing this kind of flute means to be connected to nature like the
Native Americans wee.
Bye for now."
"Thank you very much for the flute you
made for me which arrived early. It is
a work of art and I am proud to own it." Joe
The drone flute arrived this afternoon, and she is magnificent. The
feels just right in my hands and produces a sweet, but haunting, voice.
Thanks for doing a wonderful job! I need to sign off so I can go have
with the flute..."
a dear friend of mine wrote to me that brings it all home)
I've noticed that when I'm depressed,
there's no music going in the house. It's like my heart goes
silent. But that day I heard your beautiful flute music, it became
my ray of sunlight. It pierced my darkness and drew me towards it.
The plaintive cry of the Native flute brings the sadness out; it cries
out the pain that we couldn't cry out on our own. One blows softly
and has to finger the instrument delicately to produce the blissful
sounds that lead to healing. Diana