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The Kingma Company originated in Holland in the early 1950s, shortly after World War II. At that time, there was a great shortage of wind instruments and Dirk Kuiper, who was the second flutist in the Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam, founded his small company to meet the demand for new flutes. For over 20 years Kuiper was known for his wooden, silver, and gold C-flutes. He also built alto flutes, which at that time were unusual. In 1975 Eva Kingma joined Dirk Kuiper in building flutes. In 1981 Eva Kingma took over the company. Since 1988, the company has been located in the picturesque rural village of Grolloo in the northern Netherlands.