An interesting vintage piccolo from the Paris workshop Claude Rive, silver keys, grenadilla wood body and head, circa 1900 1910. KEY OF C, 440 PITCH. We acquired the instrument some several weeks ago from a collector friend whom weve known for a very long time. Its part of a set of two (flute & picc) both bearing Rives engraving as well as that of Alexander Robert. Robert succeeded Claude Rive in 1895, continued the production of woodwinds of high quality, finally retiring in 1924. The piccolo shows superb workmanship, with each key stamped with the mark of the maker as well as the French mark for solid silver. No cracks, no damage anywhere. All pads are new, cork pads not felt. Cork pads are usually easy to seat and last forever. In this case the padding did take a bit longer than we anticipated. Embouchure measures 9.1 X 10.2, which seems large to us. But we see no signs that its been cut or altered. The flute that was part of the pair is engraved with serial number 912, so we assume the picc do be of the same vintage. 1900 1910 perhaps, but only a guess. Somebody out in Flute Land will perhaps share information with us. Both the flute and the picc play well at 440 pitch. Not 435, but also not 442 or higher. Its our opinion that the piccolo would not be appropriate for a student. With ring keys and a non-modern embouchure, its best suited for a collector or a member of an original-instrument ensemble. Havent yet decided about posting the flute, probably will do so later this week, perhaps sooner. The flute plays very well indeed and Im tempted to keep it for my elderly years. Always glad to hear from flute people! In January of 2020 our small workshop in Wichita celebrated sixty-seven 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 hundreds of professional-quality flutes from Haynes and Powell. 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 six 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. We dont float flute pads with shellac, as did the original Paris workshops. 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 CLAUDE RIVE / A. ROBERT WOOD PICCOLO, ALL NEW PADS, SOLID SILVER KEYS” is in sale since Wednesday, April 22, 2020. This item is in the category “Musical Instruments & Gear\Wind & Woodwind\Band & Orchestral\Piccolos”. The seller is “wichitaband” and is located in Wichita, Kansas. This item can be shipped worldwide.
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- Brand: RIVE / ROBERT