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Arthur Haswell Flute Repairs

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Rudall Carte


Rudall Rose Carte & Co made in 1869. Cocus-wood with silver keys, open G sharp, Rockstro F# with reversed trillers. HIGH PITCH. Marked Rudall Rose Carte & Co/20 Charing Cross/London.


This unusual French-style flute was possibly made by one of the fine craftsmen brought over from Paris around this time as the Carte workshop expanded to produce more Boehm-system flutes. The keycups are small and the keywork light and finely wrought. The style of the touchpieces is French though the rods and point-screws are English, and the lovely coloured and grained wood is lightweight as though it were a Louis Lot.


The flute plays as it looks, with a bright and nimble sound and a wonderfully lyrical upper register typical of French flutes of this period. The head is original though unmarked, sharing the same style ferrule as the foot and seeming to have been turned from the same piece of wood as the body.


Wood and keywork generally in very good condition: right hand keycups with finger-wear; repaired crack to bottom of main body. An elegant and rare survivor that rewards the player with a sweet and quite unique sound. We have overhauled and repadded this flute ready for sale. Comes in a slightly later Rudall Carte case, including turned grease pot.  

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