740 Louis Lot #5568

740 Louis Lot #5568

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740

Louis Lot

Paris

Stamp: On headjoint: L.L./LOUIS LOT/PARIS/5568/BREVETÉ. Same stamp on body, less number. Footjoint unstamped.

Comments: This flute shows all the casual elegance of a true Lot. We also know she has been through a lot, even though she is a Lot through and through. This is not a museum piece; rather, this is a player's instrument. More wear and tear will not insult this flute; indeed, after Paul Rabinov's excellent work she is poised for it. The tone is filled with the wonderful liquid smoothness of Lot. This flute is no novice, the only question is whether her experience and trials make for a rich and rewarding lifetime companion.

Material: Tube, lipplate, and keys of silver. Blue steel springs.

System: Model 5, Silver cylinder flute with C foot. B trill has been converted to Bb trill. Steel cork screw. No adjustment screws. Closed G#.

Condition: Completely overhauled by Paul Rabinov. Headjoint had been cut back too far, and a silver sleeve has been fitted in the socket by Paul Rabinov. Ring has been placed for playing at A=440. Nonetheless, the headjoint is contemporary with the body. The hole in the headjoint tube is a bit larger on the inside (the player's side) than the bottom of the chimney, probably from fitting a larger embouchure at an earlier date. The body is in surprisingly good shape, considering the usage this flute has had. Repairs include a conversion of the B trill key to Bb. Restoration work included resoldering the tone holes and refitting the Lot lipplate. Mysteries include the gap in the strap between the F keys, where Godfroy used to swing his upper trill key but Lot never ventured, and the shaping of the D# arm on the footjoint, as though a left-hand touch for the low C had been proposed but not included in the end.

Pitch: This flute was probably built to play at A=438 or so, but the headjoint has been cut and fitted to play at A=440.

Sounding Length: Sounding length 609 mm, as currently set.

Measurements: Scale length 22.6cm (8 7/8"). Emb. 10x12mm.

Case: With worn Louis Lot case of the Marigaux-Strasser era.

Removed.

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Photographs (click to enlarge):

Headjoint stamp with number.
Headjoint stamp with number.
Lovely upper torso with delicate foot.
Lovely upper torso with delicate foot.
Thumb mechanism with disconnected trill lever.
Thumb mechanism with disconnected trill lever.
Current setting of headjoint ring, with tenon sleeve.
Current setting of headjoint ring, with tenon sleeve.
Hanging spade clutch for right hand.
Hanging spade clutch for right hand.
Gap in rib, sometimes used for trill key.
Gap in rib, sometimes used for trill key.
The trill conversion and backclutch.
The trill conversion and backclutch.
Another view of the Bb trill.
Another view of the Bb trill.