The Thumpy Flute

  Thumpy originated as an educational concept to invite and motivate especially the younger generation to enter the wonderful world of flute playing.

- Wil Offermans

Thumpy© the thumb flute is a relatively simple instrument with a surprisingly natural sound. The Thumpy flute is most suitable as a beginners flute for those who want to learn to play flute. But it is also a challenging and enjoyable flute for advanced flutists who want to enhance their tone and embouchure flexibility. The focus is on the essence of the flute-playing: the flute sound and the blowing. The Thumpy is available in three models: the Junior, the Classic and the Classic Pro, which are described below. The Quick Start explains how to play the basic sounds, as well as various harmonics. Furthermore, you will find a section about imitating Bird Songs, an extended guidance for Flute Teachers and finally the Thumpy Shop, where you can order Thumpy flutes online.

This new flute has been designed and developed by Dutch flutist-composer Wil Offermans and is manufactured by Studio E Music Creation, Granada, Spain. The Thumpy Book by Wil Offermans is published by Musikverlag Zimmermann.

Thumpy© the thumb flute is a relatively simple instrument with a surprisingly natural sound. The Thumpy flute is most suitable as a beginners flute for those who want to learn to play flute. But it is also a challenging and enjoyable flute for advanced flutists who want to enhance their tone and embouchure flexibility. The focus is on the essence of the flute-playing: the flute sound and the blowing. The Thumpy is available in three models: the Junior, the Classic and the Classic Pro, which are described below. The Quick Start explains how to play the basic sounds, as well as various harmonics. Furthermore, you will find an attractive section about imitating Bird Songs, an extended guidance for Flute Teachers and finally the Thumpy Shop, where you can order Thumpy flutes directly online.

  Thumpy originated as an educational concept to invite and motivate especially the younger generation to enter the wonderful world of flute playing. - Wil Offermans

This new flute has been designed and developed by Dutch flutist-composer Wil Offermans and is manufactured by Studio E Music Creation, Granada, Spain. The Thumpy Book by Wil Offermans is published by Musikverlag Zimmermann.

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Let's Start with Thumpy!

Thumpy offers an excellent experience in learning to play a first flute sound. Compared to the flute head-joint - often used to try to produce the first flute sound - Thumpy extends and deepens the fundamental study level and gives the player an attractive and rich musical experience from the very first flute sound. Since Thumpy is an unconventional and non-chromatic instrument, its simplicity is demanding a musical sense which will help to naturally develop the embouchure and the breathing. Here the blowing is directly connected with a musical result. From the first practice - and without the usual stress of holding the flute and placing the fingers - we can focus to shape the sound. Once a kid moves on to the (Boehm)-flute, the experience with the Thumpy flute will contribute to a better sound and a relaxed and flexible performance.

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Feedback by Flute Teachers

  •   Thumpy is a simple way to determine a child's talent and interest for the flute, without having to invest in an expensive flute.

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  •   I use the Thumpy and the Thumpy Book to teach beginners for the first several months and always have a nice result.

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  •   The sound quality of the kids becomes much better when starting with the Thumpy compared to the flute head-joint.

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  •   We used Thumpy in a theatrical music creation and some games with kids and had lots of fun!

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  •   At first, Thumpy was also a bit difficult for me and indeed I had to focus on the blowing to get the right pitch. It is a good instrument to develop the embouchure, breathing and sound quality.

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  •   Kids love Thumpy. It’s simple, solid and easy to position. Kids can try to flute at any moment.

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Thumpy Models

Thumpy Junior

€ 39,00

thumpy junior

The Thumpy Junior is the basic, low-priced model, most suitable for kids, the beginner, the music enthusiast or for those who are just curious to try the Thumpy flute.
De Thumpy Junior is het economisch geprijsde basismodel, vooral geschikt voor kinderen en beginners of voor iedereen die de Thumpy duimfluit eens wil uitproberen.
Die Thumpy Junior ist das grundlegende, kostengünstige Modell, bestens geeignet für Kindern, Anfänger oder für diejenigen, die einfach mahl die Thumpy Flöte versuchen wollen.
La Thumpy Junior est le modèle de base à bas prix, le plus approprié pour les enfants, les débutants, les amateurs de musique ou pour tous ceux qui sont simplement curieux d'essayer la flûte Thumpy.
Thumpy Junior es el modelo básico de bajo precio, adecuado para los niños, los principiantes, los entusiastas de la música y para aquellos que simplemente tienen curiosidad de probar la flauta Thumpy.
サムピー・ジュニアサムピーの基本的で安価なモデルです。子供達、初心者の方々、音楽愛好家の方々、またサムピーに興味があり、まずは試してみたいという方々に適しています。

  • Fully handmade out of European maple wood in natural, red, yellow or blue
  • The instrument has a nice natural feel
  • Protected against moisture by an environment and child friendly, non-toxic coating.
  • Comes with a protective cotton bag
  • 100% handgemaakt uit Europees esdoornhout
  • heeft een mooie natuurlijke uitstraling
  • afgewerkt met een beschermende, milieu- en kindvriendelijke lak ter protectie tegen vocht
  • wordt geleverd in een beschermende, katoenen etui
  • komplett handgefertigt aus europäisches Ahorn-holz in Naturfarbe, Rot, Blau oder Gelb
  • hat eine schöne natürliche feel.
  • mit einem transparenten Kinderfreundlichen Eco-Lack zum Schutz gegen Feuchtigkeit beschichtet ist.
  • wird geliefert mit einem Baumwollbeutel.
  • Il est entièrement fait à la main en bois d'érable européen, couleur naturelle, rouge, bleu ou jaune
  • l'instrument possède un toucher naturel et agréable
  • avec une couche de protection contre l'humidité adaptée aux enfants, non-toxique et respectueuse de l'environnement
  • livré avec un sac de protection
  • tiene un tacto agradable y natural
  • totalmente hecha a mano de madera de arce europeo en Natural, Roja, Azul o Amarillo
  • recubierto con un barniz para la protección contra la humedad y lo cual es apropiado para el medioambiente y para niños
  • viene con una bolsa protectora
  • 完全な手作り、ヨーロッパのカエデ材使用、ナチュラル色、赤、黄、青
  • 自然な仕上がり
  • 湿気保護のためのニス(環境保護保証つき、安全な無毒性塗料)仕上げ
  • 楽器保護用の布製の袋付き

Thumpy Classic

€ 99,00 ~

Thumpy Classic

The Thumpy Classic is a high-quality model, suitable for the advanced flutist, the flute-teacher or for any flute loving amateur.
De Thumpy Classic is een hoog-kwaliteit uitvoering, geschikt voor de gevorderde fluitist, de fluitdocent of de fanatieke fluitliefhebber.
Die Thumpy Classic ist ein hochwertiges Modell, geeignet für den fortgeschrittenen FlötistIn, FlötenlehrerIn oder für begeisterte Amateure.
La Thumpy Classic est le modèle de haute qualité, adapté pour le flûtiste avancé, le professeur de flûte ou pour l'amateur de flûte.
La Thumpy Classic es un modelo de alta calidad, adecuado para el flautista avanzado, los profesores de la flauta o para cualquier aficionado de la flauta.
サムピー・クラシックは上質の木材を使用したモデルで、上級フルート奏者、フルートの先生方、またフルート愛好家の方々に適しています。

  • Fully handmade out of exotic Sandalwood, European Olive, or other hardwood
  • Beautiful, natural wood with a delicate sound
  • Impregnated with a special oil which protects against moisture
  • Comes with a protective luxury bag
  • volledig handgemaakt uit het exotische sandalhout, het Zuid-Europese olijfhout of een andere hardhout-soort
  • heeft een heel mooie en verfijnde klank
  • is geïmpregneerd met een speciale beschermende olie
  • wordt geleverd in een luxe, stoffen etui
  • komplett handgefertigt entweder aus dem exotischen Sandelholz oder den südeuropäischen Olivenholz
  • sehr schönen Holz-Klang
  • Öl-imprägniert
  • wird geliefert mit einem luxe Tasche
  • entièrement fabriquée à la main en bois de santal exotique ou d’olivier européen
  • un son délicat
  • est imprégnée d’une huile spéciale
  • livré avec un sac de protection de luxe
  • totalmente hecha a mano de madera, ya sea del sándalo Exótico o la madera de olivo del sur de Europa
  • puede producir un sonido delicado
  • impregnado de un aceite especial
  • viene con una bolsa protectora de lujo
  • 完全な手作り、エキゾティックな堅木サンダルウッド、南欧のオリーブ材、その他を使用
  • 木目が美しく、洗練された音質
  • 湿気保護のため、特別なオイルを染み込ませてあります
  • 楽器保護用の高級袋付き

Thumpy Classic Pro

€ 179,00

Thumpy Classic Pro

The Thumpy Classic Pro is the top model in the Thumpy range, suitable for any professional flutist, flute-teacher or for any profound flute lover.
De Thumpy Classic Pro is het topmodel in de Thumpy-serie, geschikt voor iedere professional, fluitdocent of intense fluitliefhebber.
Die Thumpy Classic Pro ist das Top-Modell in der Thumpy Reihe, geeignet für jeden Profi-FlötistIn, FlötenlehrerIn oder für jede aufgeregte Flöten-LiebhaberIn.
La Thumpy Classic Pro est le modèle haut de gamme, adapté à tout flûtiste professionnel, professeur de flûte ou pour tout grand amateur de flûte.
La Thumpy Classic Pro es el modelo superior de la gama de Thumpy, adecuado para cualquier flautista profesional, los profesores de la flauta o para cualquier amante profundo de la flauta.
サムピー・クラシックプロサムピーの最高級モデルで、プロのフルート奏者、フルートの先生方、またフルート愛好家の方々に適しています。

  • Fully handmade out of high-quality Grenadill wood (African Blackwood), a precious dense hardwood often used for professional piccolo's and flutes.
  • This wood produces a rich and powerful sound.
  • Impregnated with a special oil which protects against moisture
  • Comes with a protective luxury bag
  • volledig handgemaakt uit het edele Grenadilla-hout (African Blackwood), vaak ook gebruikt bij topkwaliteit piccolo's
  • deze houtsoort heeft een krachtige en rijke toon
  • is geïmpregneerd met een speciale beschermende olie
  • wordt geleverd in een luxe, stoffen etui
  • vollständig handgefertigt aus hochwertigem Grenadillholz (African Blackwood; oft für piccolo's verwendet), ein kostbares dichtes Hartholz
  • sehr reichen und kräftigen Sound
  • Öl-imprägniert
  • wird geliefert mit einem luxe Tasche
  • est entièrement fabriquée à la main en bois de grenadille (African Blackwood; souvent utilisé pour les piccolos)
  • un son riche et puissant
  • est imprégnée d’une huile spéciale
  • livré avec un sac de protection de luxe
  • totalmente hecha a mano en madera de grenadilla de alta calidad (otro nombre; African Blackwood; usado mucho para los piccolos de alta calidad.), un precioso densa de madera dura
  • un sonido muy rico y poderoso
  • impregnado de un aceite especial
  • viene con una bolsa protectora de lujo
  • 完全な手作り、高質のグレナディル材使用。この高価な堅木は、プロ使用のピッコロや木製フルートにたびたび使用されます
  • 非常に豊かでパワフルな音質
  • 湿気保護のため、特別なオイルを染み込ませてあります
  • 楽器保護用の高級袋付き
* price includes 21% VAT tax, which will be deducted to non-Spanish customers inside the EU with a valid VAT number and to all customers from outside the EU.
* prijzen zijn inclusief 21% BTW. Deze belasting zal bij niet-Spaanse klanten binnen de EU met een geldig BTW-nummer en bij alle klanten van buiten de EU niet in rekening worden gebracht.
* Preis beinhaltet 21% Mehrwertsteuer. Diese Steuer wird bei nicht-spanischen Kunden innerhalb der EU mit gültiger UID-Nummer und bei alle Kunden von außerhalb der EU abgezogen.
* prix comprend 21% TVA, qui seront déduits pour les clients non-espagnoles à l'intérieur de l'UE avec un numéro de TVA valide et à tous les clients de l'extérieur de l'UE.
* precio incluye el 21% de impuesto de IVA, que se descontará a los clientes no españoles dentro de la UE con un número de IVA válido y para todos los clientes de fuera de la UE.
* 値段には21%の消費税が含まれています。EU国以外の国からご注文の場合、また有効なヨーロッパの消費税番号を保持されている場合には、消費税が控除されます。

The Thumpy Book

Thumpy Book

€ 10,95

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The Thumpy Book by Wil Offermans (also available at your local music store), published by Musikverlag Zimmermann (ZM34230) introduces the Thumpy flute and its technique in 75 progressive solo and duo pieces with explanations in English, German, French, Spanish, Dutch and Japanese. Here below are some sound samples from the Thumpy Book. Thumpy is also recorded on these CD's by Wil Offermans: The Magic Flute and Luna y Sierra.

Audio samples

  • duo playing Thumpy Book
    A duet from the Thumpy Book Een duet van uit het Thumpy Boek Ein Duett aus dem Thumpy Book Un duo du Thumpy Book Un dueto del libro Thumpy Book A duet from the Thumpy Book
  • group playing Thumpy
    Wil Offermans with Thumpy group in Veldhoven, The Netherlands Wil Offermans met een groep in Veldhoven, Nederland Wil Offermans mit Gruppe in Veldhoven, Niederlande Wil Offermans avec groupe - Veldhoven, Pays Bas Wil Offermans con grupo Thumpy en Veldhoven, Paísos Bajos Wil Offermans with Thumpy group in Veldhoven, The Netherlands
  • Thumpy Classic Sandallwood
    Blowing hole of Thumpy Classic - Sandelwood Mondgat van een Thumpy Classic - Sandelhout Thumpy Classic - Sandelwood Embouchure du Thumpy Classic - Sandelwood Embocadura del Thumpy Classic - Sandelwood Blowing hole of Thumpy Classic - Sandelwood
  • Thumpy Junior
    Thumpy Junior in colors blue, yellow and red Thumpy Junior in blauw, geel en rood Thumpy Junior in dem Farben blau, gelb und rot Thumpy Junior en couleurs blue, jaune et rouge Thumpy Junior en colores azul, amarillo y rojo Thumpy Junior in colors blue, yellow and red
  • Making Thumpy Junior out of maple wood
    Left to right: production stages of the Thumpy Junior Links naar rechts: productiefases Thumpy Junior Von links nach rechts: Productionsstadien des Thumpy Junior De gauche à droite: étapes de production du Thumpy Junior Etapas de producción del Thumpy Junior (izq. a der.) Left to right: production stages of the Thumpy Junior
  • Thumpy Classic Olive and Classic Pro Grenadill
    Thumpy Classic Pro (above; Grenadill) and Thumpy Classic (Olive) Thumpy Classic Pro (boven; Grenadill) en Classic (Olijfhout) Thumpy Classic Pro (oben; Grenadill) und Classic (Olive) Thumpy Classic Pro (ci-dessus; Grenadill) et Thumpy Classic (Olive) Thumpy Classic Pro (ariba; Grenadill) y Thumpy Classic (Oliva) Thumpy Classic Pro (above; Grenadill) and Thumpy Classic (Olive)
  • Theatrical Thumpy Story
    Movement game-piece with Thumpy in Saint-Omer, France Thumpy speelstuk in Saint-Omer, Frankrijk Bewegungsspiel mit Thumpy in Saint-Omer, Frankreich Pièce de mouvement avec Thumpy à Saint-Omer, France Juego de movimiento con Thumpy en Saint-Omer, Francia Movement game-piece with Thumpy in Saint-Omer, France
  • Thumpy outside
    Thumpy project in Saga, Kyushu, Japan Thumpy project in Saga, Kyushu, Japan Thumpy project in Saga, Kyushu, Japan Projet Thumpy à Saga, Kyushu, Japon Thumpy proyecto en Saga, Kyushu, Japón Thumpy project in Saga, Kyushu, Japan
  • Thumpy Junior
    Thumpy Junior during production Thumpy Junior in productie Thumpy Junior während Production Thumpy Junior pendant la production Thumpy Junior durante la producción Thumpy Junior during production
  • Thumpy Snake performance
    Thumpy performance in Luzern, Swiss Thumpy performance in Luzern, Zwitserland Thumpy performance mit Wil Offermans in Luzern, Schweizer Thumpy performance avec Wil Offermans à Luzern, Suisse Actuación con Wil Offermans en Lucerna, Suiza Thumpy performance in Luzern, Swiss
  • Theatrical Thumpy piece
    Thumpy performance for all ages in Tokyo, Japan Performance voor alle leeftijden in Tokio, Japan Thumpy performance mit auch Ältern in Tokio, Japan Thumpy performance pour tous les âges à Tokyo, Japon Actuación con todos las edades en Tokio, Japón Thumpy performance for all ages in Tokyo, Japan
  • Playing Thumpy with hand palm
    Thumpy project in Zaragoza, Spain Thumpy project in Zaragoza, Spanje Thumpy project in Zaragoza, Spanien Projet Thumpy à Saragosse, Espagne Proyecto Thumpy en Zaragoza, España Thumpy project in Zaragoza, Spain
  • Playing with Group
    Playing Thumpy in Feldkirch, Austria Thumpy-spelers in Feldkirch, Oostenrijk Thumpy spielen in Feldkirch, Österreich Jouer Thumpy à Feldkirch, Autriche Tocar Thumpy en Feldkirch, Austria Playing Thumpy in Feldkirch, Austria
  • Thumpy Duo
    Thumpy players in Vienna, Austria Thumpy-duo in Wenen, Oostenrijk Thumpy Duo in Wien, Österreich Thumpy joueurs à Vienne, Autriche Thumpy dúo en Viena, Austria Thumpy players in Vienna, Austria

Frequently Asked Questions

Below we have collected some of the most frequently asked questions concerning Thumpy. Click a question to display the corresponding answer. Feel free to contact with us whenever your question is not listed.

Is Thumpy only for children and beginners
No, anyone can play the Thumpy. Beginners can enjoy to develop a flute sound spontaneously. However, advanced flutists can use Thumpy for developing their embouchure flexibility and sound, or for studying circular breathing.
At which age can a child start playing the Thumpy
That may differ in each case, but 7 years or even younger is possible. Important point is whether a kid can close the endings with the thumbs (the centre ending-holes are 14 millimeter).
Which notes can we play on the Thumpy flute
The basic five pitches are: F - Ab - C - Eb - F. However, Thumpy is a most 'analogue' instrument, which can produce many 'micro-tones', which we cannot find on the piano. See more about the basic five tones and sound samples on the Quick Start page.
Is the coating of the Thumpy Junior safe for children
For wind instruments, and especially those also used by children, safety and hygiene are of great importance. To protect against moisture and other influences the Thumpy Junior has been coated with a paint, either transparent (Natural) or with a color pigment (colored versions). We have been assured that the paint is environment and child friendly and guarantees a non-toxic coating. To see all legal qualifications of the paint in detail, you can download the Safety Data Sheet of the paint in PDF.
How could the Thumpy flute be used in music education
• In the flute lesson: the Thumpy flute can be used in the first flute lessons before touching the Boehm-flute. The student will learn how to flute, can develop the embouchure and can enjoy the flute and breath sounds. After some weeks, or months, the student will be ready to change with ease to the Boehm-flute. For those already playing the flute, Thumpy can be used to develop more flexibility in embouchure and breathing as well as to stimulate improvisational qualities. See for more ideas the Flute Teachers page.

• In musical projects introducing the flute at schools and institutions: Thumpy can be used as an accessible instrument to stimulate musical creativity, improvisation, group interaction and the ability to flute in an enjoyable way. It also can be a help to find out or a student has ability for playing the flute.
Why not use the flute's head-joint instead of the Thumpy
Thumpy is more than "using-the-flute's-head-joint" to learn the blowing. Thumpy is not part of another instrument: it is an instrument, made out of wood, with its own charm, its own scale and its own enjoyable repertoire and lots of possibilities for improvisations, games in groups and music/flute introduction programs at schools. It has no sharp edges and is not as precious and delicate as a head-joint. It is strong and easy to carry around.
Should I dry my Thumpy flute after playing
It is advised to dry the flute after playing. To do so, use a rod or stick with a cloth connected (like a flute-cleaner or recorder-cleaner) or a rope with a cloth (like saxophone cleaner). Use the included bag to store it safely and keep it away from any heating or direct sunlight.
Do I have to oil my Thumpy
• Thumpy Junior (natural or color coated): No, this flute has a maintenance-free protective coating.

• Thumpy Classic (Pro): this model has been fully oil-impregnated during production using a special oil. To keep it in good shape, one should rub the flute frequently with a soft dry cloth. Depending on usage, one may also apply a very little oil once a while, like twice a year, to both the outside and inside of the flute, rubbing it strongly with a cloth or rod until the oil is absorbed. Use some wood-oil or otherwise olive oil will also do.
Where can I buy the Thumpy flute
To order Thumpy flutes and books visit the Thumpy Shop or contact directly with Studio E.
Is there any discount if I buy more Thumpy Junior flutes
Yes, there is a quantity discount in the Thumpy Shop: order for more than €300 (excl. VAT tax) and you will automatically receive a 10% discount.
What is your production capacity per year
As each flute is fully handmade, we have a limited capacity to make about 500 Thumpy flutes each year. About 10% are Thumpy Classic (Pro) models, while the other 90% are Thumpy Junior models.

Contact

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