|Alto flute with "C" foot. Dorus (closed) G#. Keywork designed for maximum balance, with high left hand. This flute has a wonderful system of clutches and extenders to make the alto flute mechanism work. Apparently Philip Marcil was working for Selmer at the time this instrument was made, and rumor has it that he used George Haynes' tools for these flutes, although this would be unlikely yet highly interesting.||Sold.|
|This is the standard model 5. The trill is to Bb, and there is an additional trill lever for the A and G# hole rack, which actually seems to give a G# trill. The foot is to C. The right hand clutch is a "hanging T", with one adjustment screw on top for the E key and one on the bottom for the F key. The tone holes and keys are graduated. The chimney has one, bottom, flange. The footjoint is of the double rod type. The open tone holes have been rebuilt by Gary Lewis, while removing a previous conversion to closed holes.||Sold.|
|This is the plated C foot model, with a Bb trill. Graduated toneholes. One piece strap. Pinless foot.||Sold.|
V. Q. Powell
Boston, Mass. USA Note: Please contact us for a link to our 20 page report on this flute!
|Verne Q. Powell (scholars differ over whether the Q stands for anything) set out in 1926 to make a flute based on the instruments of Louis Lot. Just as Lot himself had left his partnership with Godfroy to make silver flutes of his own design, so Powell left the Haynes Company to design and build a better silver flute. Just as Godfroy made a special effort to match the work of their lost Lot, so too did the Haynes Company endeavor to meet the skill, and the new model, of Powell. In a letter from Albert Tipton to Jan Scott, Tipton says that Powell copied his Lot #4742, which was made by Debonneetbeau in 1889 for Charles Molé. This flute was a model 6, silver flute with B foot and gold lipplate. Powell's design includes the triangular base to the upper C# key, first introduced by Debonneetbeau around #4000 c. 1885. Powell's flutes also include the "spatula" D# key, first introduced by E. Barat around #5000 c. 1890. Powell used the seamless tubes first used in France by Chambille, proprietor from 1904-1922 (apparently George Haynes was the first to use seamless tubes in the 1890's). In fact, Powell was a finer craftsman than one often sees on the Louis Lot flutes of this period. This flute, Powell #2, is exquisitely finished. Every piece is gorgeous. The back clutch is especially reverently treated. All of the pillars, spring catches, ribs and other pieces are perfectly formed. This flute shows that Verne Powell was indeed one of the great flutemakers, equal to Lot, Godfroy, and even Carl Mendler.||Sold. |
Winchester, N.H. USA
|This is a one-keyed piccolo in D, pitched at around A=440. The cork is free, and the cap friction-fit.||Sold.|