Flute in C

Catalogue number: 2.7

Original name: Flute in C.

Type or system: Five keys.

Maker: Unknown.

Place of origin: Probably England, late 19th Century.

Overall size: 615mm.

Technical description: Five sections, probably blackwood. Head joint: 168mm (206mm including metal tuning sleeve); barrel: 62mm (77mm including metal tuning sleeve); upper joint: 212mm; lower joint: 37mm; foot joint: 92mm.

Five modern-style silver keys mounted by posts and axles without plates; “Continental” style metal fittings on ends of tenons. Metal telescopic tuning slide; screw stopper; slightly oval embouchure hole.

Key work and finger holes

Finger hole diameter (av.)

Left hand thumb:

B Flat key

Left hand, first finger:

T; 6.6mm

Left hand, second finger:

T; 6.6mm

Left hand, third finger:

T key; 5.5mm

Right hand, first finger:

T key; 6.7mm

Right hand, second finger:

T; 6.7mm

Right hand, third finger:

T; Long F key; 5.4mm

Right hand, fourth finger:

D sharp / E flat key

Faults: Barrel and foot joints, both repaired. The instrument is slightly warped. Crack on inside of barrel (joints leaking air), crack on outside of foot-joint.

Repair history: Tenons have been replaced with cork. Key touch pieces have been backed with cork.

Usable pitch: Plays at a’ = 440 Hz.

Recording references: Click here

Illustration references: See below

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