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Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Stamp: On headjoint: (8 pointed star) / GEISLER / AMSTERDAM / (8 pointed star)

Material: This elegant flute is made with an ivory adorned headjoint, the ivory being a 2.63" long ivory tube sandwiched on the headjoint for the embouchure. Against the dark and rich wood, the ivory is beautiful. The trim is silver, the keys are silver, the springs are flat steel. There are no pad washers. The cork and screw parts are turned wood. The cork is a full cork, in this case with an added section of cork. The pads are modern white skin pads, except the D#, which is leather, and the low C, which looks older.

System: This clear work of art from Amsterdam is built on the Boehm 1832 system as made by Godfroy and Lot, taking design elements from the Godfroy/Lot flutes throughout their output from c.1836 to c. 1860, when this flute was probably made. The foot is to C, with the side-by-side arms and overlapping armrest clutch, accompanied by the "kidney" shaped D# key, as used on the first models of the Godfroy 1832 system. The right hand mechanism has the two conjoined rings over the E and F holes, with a fully completed back clutch, invented by Godfroy and Lot around 1849. The design of the backclutch is very square, compared to Godfroy. and this is continued in the square tops of the arms on the thumb key, where Godfroy had his famous ball. The swirling Bb over the two-hole C on the thumb is classic Lot / Godfroy from the 1850's. The headjoint, with the large ivory section, is a throwback to a more decorative age. The ivory piece is only a few millimeters thick, and slides from the top of the headjoint over the wooden headjoint, which has been turned down from the bottom end of the ivory to the top of the flute. Under the crown ring one can see that a piece of wood has been turned to fit over the thinned headjoint, and slid on to meet up with the ivory. It is astounding that this instrument has maintained such good condition over the years.

Condition: There are a few hairline cracks in the headjoint around the socket, which has allowed the tuning slide insert to come loose. The rest of the flute is in perfect condition.

Pitch: The pitch seems around A=448.

Sounding Length: Sounding length 564 mm.

Measurements: Embouchure 9.72 x 11.36.

Weight: Weighs 380 g.

Case: In the beautiful original case, fitted precisely for this flute (although the headjoint enjoys extra space). Exterior of faded black leather over wood, interior of red cloth with fitted sections for each piece.

Price: $4,800

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