FOUR INSTRUMENTS AVAILABLE, ALL SIMILAR, ALL FROM THE SAME TIME-PERIOD, ALL IN TOTALLY ORIGINAL CONDITION. ONE (only) is being offered, but you can have your choice of four. Number 3674, number 3760, number 4202 and number 4624. Embouchures are totally original on all four. Nothing has been “cut shorter”, “re-tuned” or otherwise altered. All play at 440 pitch. I have measurements of about 25 Lot flutes that have, in the past decade, passed through my hands. Yes, all four do indeed play at 440 and they’ve not been cut shorter. Sounding length is 599 / 600 mm. The flute in the photos is number 3760, from 1883. Embouchure is very clean, showing no signs of having been re-cut or otherwise altered. I measure it as 10.0 X 11.8. France of the early Second Republic is not exactly my field of expertise, but we all know that France’s defeat by the Prussians in 1870 precipitated a period of economic stress. All four of my silver Lot flutes tune at 440, not at 435. We’ve speculated that many flutes from the 1880’s may have been produced for the export market. Yes, somebody out there in Vintage Flute Land will have an opinion. That we take seriously our task of finding new homes for certain rare wind instruments. Regretfully, many residents of the British Isles find it necessary to “re-tune” vintage flutes. My wife’s English, I’ve visited the UK more than one-hundred times and two 1977 English roadsters live in my garage. There’s nobody more pro-British than I. But a “re-tune” is butchery, a crime and is totally ill-advised. Sorry, no sales to England. A FEW WORDS ABOUT OUR SENDING ON APPROVAL. Weve had the same policy for half a century, are always happy to send almost anything for a short trial period. Five days is, we believe, sufficient for a trained musician to decide if the item sent them is a good match. With clarinets, flutes, and oboes, we remove all the keywork, then give the bodies (no keys on them) a quick bath. Soap and water, but not long enough to harm the finish. Keys are lightly sprayed with a disinfectant and pads are lightly swabbed with the same. Then, back in the case after a spray to the exterior and carrying handles of the case. Not sure what the other shops are doing about this issue (Ive asked, have had no replies), but we think our clean-up work is exactly whats required to keep everybody safe. In January of 2021, our small workshop in Wichita will celebrate sixty-eight years in business. We are not in the 1952 Wichita telephone directory, but we ARE in the 1953. Over the decades, weve repaired and restored more than two hundred vintage French flutes from Louis Lot, Bonneville, Claude Rive and Buffet-Crampon plus many hundreds of Powell and Haynes instruments. We are not amateurs, nor are we a back bedroom operation. We would be pleased to furnish you with references attesting to the above. Wichita Band Instrument Company is a small musical instrument emporium located in the center of the USA. Weve been in business since 1953 and have had the same owner since 1963. Originally we were a repair shop that specialized in woodwind and sax restoration. Today we have 12 employees including five of the finest repair technicians in the country. Virtually ALL the items we sell have been fully reconditioned in our own shop, although we do sell a few unrestored historical instruments each year. With a used flute from OUR shop, you know its in the finest condition when it arrives at your home! Heres what we do to all used flutes we sell. The instrument is taken apart and everything washed clean. Dings are next burnished from body, head and foot. After the body-shop works been completed, we swedge hinge-tubes tight again and re-fit them to the flute body. Finally, pads and corks are replaced and the instrument play-tested. Pre 1950 French flutes often require more than twice the restoration time that we need for a modern Haynes or Powell. We use thin double-skin pads of the highest quality and shim each pad in the manner of the best Boston makers. Its in addition to any factory guarantees. For two full years, we will repair or replace, whichever in our estimation is the more advisable, pads, corks, springs or other parts required, at no charge to the customer. Wichita Band Instrument Company maintains a repair department capable of restoration work of the highest quality. Even though repairs are essentially free for the first two years, after that period has expired, we remain at your service to maintain and repair your musical equipment forever. Its our service after the sale promise and has been since 1953! Anything we sell can be sent to you for a short approval period without obligation. Were happy to respond to any and all questions about flutes and other musical instruments, but please dont write and ask Whats grannys mellophone worth? . Wichita Band Instrument Co. The item “VINTAGE 1883 FLUTE FROM THE LOUIS LOT WORKSHOP, NEW PADS, A = 440, SOLID SILVER” is in sale since Saturday, December 12, 2020. This item is in the category “Musical Instruments & Gear\Wind & Woodwind\Band & Orchestral\Flutes”. The seller is “wichitaband” and is located in Wichita, Kansas. This item can be shipped worldwide.
- Model: handmade
- Country/Region of Manufacture: France
- Headjoint Material: Silver Plated
- MPN: Does Not Apply
- Body Material: solid silver
- Brand: Louis Lot