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810

Louis Lot

Paris, France

Stamp: On headjoint: L. L / LOUIS LOT/ PARIS/ 3952/ BREVETÉ/. On body: L. L./ LOUIS LOT/ PARIS/ BREVETÉ . Footjoint unmarked.

Comments: This flute has a great and compelling tone. It is a loud flute for a Lot, possibly due to the very large embouchure, which appears to be original. The embouchure is not exactly symmetrical. We are reminded of the story about Debonneetbeau and his lengthy lunches. He apparently kept all of the embouchure cutting to himself, and the embouchures from after lunch are reputed to have been somewhat wayward. This looks to us like an afternoon cutting, which nonetheless was genius.

Material: Made of silver plated metal, probably with silver lipplate. New crown of silver with steel rod.

System: This is Lot's model 7, plated flute with C foot. The keys are plateau model. The upper trill key trills the G-G# rack! Pinless foot. Lot's mechanism. Tone holes with tapered rim.

Condition: This flute has been in constant service. Although no major damage or repair is visible, nonetheless the plating has worn off entirely where the fingers touch the instrument. The pad washers are original, yet the springs, several screws, some steels, and the crown are new. This instrument was recently completely overhauled in Canada, and these new parts may well come from this work. At any event, the parts that wear out from use have been upgraded, while the parts that principally make the sound are all original.

Pitch: Sounding length 601 mm.

Sounding Length: Scale length 227 mm. Embouchure 12.9 x 10.4 mm. FJ tone holes 15.6 mm. Body holes 13.5 mm (B, Bb, A. G#), and 14.3 (G, F#, F, E).

Measurements: Scale length 227 mm. Embouchure 12.9 x 10.4 mm. FJ tone holes 15.6 mm. Body holes 13.5 mm (B, Bb, A. G#), and 14.3 (G, F#, F, E).

Weight: 374 g.

Case: No case (currently in modern band case).

Sorry, Sold.

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Photographs (click to enlarge):

The engraved mark in the headjoint lacks Louis Lot's personal hyphen, since this flute was made by Lot's second successor, Debonneetbeau de Coutelier.
The engraved mark in the headjoint lacks Louis Lot's personal hyphen, since this flute was made by Lot's second successor, Debonneetbeau de Coutelier.
This interesting flute was made with plateau keys and a mechanism with many of the adjusting screws introduced by Villette.
This interesting flute was made with plateau keys and a mechanism with many of the adjusting screws introduced by Villette.
This is the
This is the "hanging T" clutch, which replaced the shoulder clutches of Lot. The adjustment screw is for the arm to the E key at left.
The closed G# is topped by a great swirling key that actually trills the whole G-G# rack, giving an A-G trill.
The closed G# is topped by a great swirling key that actually trills the whole G-G# rack, giving an A-G trill.
The plating on the tip of the G# key is worn, giving an idea of the desirable playing quality of this flute.
The plating on the tip of the G# key is worn, giving an idea of the desirable playing quality of this flute.
The upper mechanism, with split rib at the trill keys.
The upper mechanism, with split rib at the trill keys.
The beautiful embouchure is slightly wayward, suggesting that this is one of Debonneetbeau's famous
The beautiful embouchure is slightly wayward, suggesting that this is one of Debonneetbeau's famous "after lunch" flutes.
The footjoint touches show the classic spatulated D#, with slightly flattened top, of Debonneetbeau.
The footjoint touches show the classic spatulated D#, with slightly flattened top, of Debonneetbeau.
The underside of the lipplate shows the clean flange.  We do not believe this lipplate has been altered.
The underside of the lipplate shows the clean flange. We do not believe this lipplate has been altered.
The rear of the right hand mechanism, with the adjustment screw for the F key on the rear of the hanging T clutch.  A silver patch has also been applied, where the plating surely wore off from use.The rear of the right hand mechanism, with the adjustment screw for the F key on the rear of the hanging T clutch. A silver patch has also been applied, where the plating surely wore off from use.