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Powell, V. Q.

Stamp: Engraved on all three joints: (in triangle) VQP / VERNE Q. POWELL / BOSTON. Additionally on barrel: 3161

Comments: An absolutely beautiful flute.

Material: Silver, B foot, with gold lipplate. Tubes appear to be .016". Gold springs.

System: This is listed in Powell's record book as hand made, French model, low B, gold embouchure. In fact, it is Powell's copy of a Louis Lot flute from one of Lot's successors, possibly as late as Chambille. No gizmo, but low B is independent.

Condition: This flute is in absolutely perfect condition, with little sign of use and no sign of abuse.

Pitch: This flute appears to be made to play at A=440 with the headjoint out just a tad.

Sounding Length: Sounding length 636 mm.

Measurements: Emb 12.12 x 10.32. Body scale 226 mm. Chimney 5.26 and 5.05. Tube .016".

Weight: 424 g.

Case: In a beautiful handmade wooden case with inlay, made by the original owner, Harold Jeter.

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Photographs (click to enlarge):

Flute 3161 was made at Powell's for Harold Jeter by Bickford Brannen in 1969.  The flute is almost as new.
Flute 3161 was made at Powell's for Harold Jeter by Bickford Brannen in 1969. The flute is almost as new.
The keys are curiously flat due to high outside edges; perhaps this was an attempt at stabilizing the pads?  Apart from their shape, this mechanism is almost completely taken from, I believe, a Chambille Lot.
The keys are curiously flat due to high outside edges; perhaps this was an attempt at stabilizing the pads? Apart from their shape, this mechanism is almost completely taken from, I believe, a Chambille Lot.
The original owner, Harold Jeter, was especially well known for making beautiful wooden cases.  His list of customers includes Rampal, Baker, and a host of other flute luminaries.
The original owner, Harold Jeter, was especially well known for making beautiful wooden cases. His list of customers includes Rampal, Baker, and a host of other flute luminaries.
This Powell lipplate is very beautiful, and cut quite like the Louis Lot lips.  At 10.3 x 12.08 this is only slightly larger than Lot.  The crown, on the other hand, is completely new (especially on the inside), and simply not as gorgeous as the Louis Lot crown!
This Powell lipplate is very beautiful, and cut quite like the Louis Lot lips. At 10.3 x 12.08 this is only slightly larger than Lot. The crown, on the other hand, is completely new (especially on the inside), and simply not as gorgeous as the Louis Lot crown!
Again, Powell has copied a later Louis Lot.  The Lot company started making thumb keys like this after players asked for the Bb trill, rather than trilling the thumb key, as originally designed.
Again, Powell has copied a later Louis Lot. The Lot company started making thumb keys like this after players asked for the Bb trill, rather than trilling the thumb key, as originally designed.
This flute is very precisely made and finely finished.  The lines are all crisp and new, and care has been taken in the construction of the parts.
This flute is very precisely made and finely finished. The lines are all crisp and new, and care has been taken in the construction of the parts.
The profile of the lipplate shown how closely it follows the contours of the body.
The profile of the lipplate shown how closely it follows the contours of the body.
The backclutch is designed with slight differences from Lot, including the straight sides.  Makers have always had a chance for a bit of play with the shape of this clutch.
The backclutch is designed with slight differences from Lot, including the straight sides. Makers have always had a chance for a bit of play with the shape of this clutch.
The top of the Harold Jeter case, with inlay.
The top of the Harold Jeter case, with inlay.