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Louis Lot

Stamp: On headjoint: L. L. / LOUIS LOT// PARIS /3792/ BREVETÉ. On upper body: L. L (no second period) / LOUIS LOT/ PARIS / BREVETÉ. Footjoint unstamped.

Comments: This flute is very easy to play, with a strong and rich tone. The low notes are a touch lower than the high ones, thanks to the trimmed headjoint an the original 435 pitch, yet she plays easily with an even tone throughout. The high notes speak very easily. I would call this a classic Debonneetbeau embouchure. This early in his proprietorship it is not known if the "after lunch" flutes were so pronounced, but this looks like a good, solid, before lunch blowhole.

Material: Made of silver, with metal cork screw.

System: 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.

Condition: The condition of this flute is well used, yet excellent for playing. The embouchure is perfect, and appears never to have been removed or tampered with. Modifications for playing include: The C# hole has a little crescent insert, added by Gary Lewis. The headjoint has been cut about 5 mm. The open hole keys were changed to closed hole many years ago, then returned to open hole by Gary Lewis just a few years ago. Thus this instrument retains the tonal characteristics of the original, with a few superficial modifications for current use.

Pitch: Plays today at A=440.

Sounding Length: Sounding length 600 mm.

Measurements: Scale length 227 mm. Emb to C# 230 mm. Emb. 11.93 x 10.06.

Weight: 382 g.

Case: In old case, unlikely to be the original one, which is in poor condition.

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Photographs (click to enlarge):

Louis Lot #3792 was made in 1884 during Debonneetbeau de Coutelier's second year of proprietorship.
Louis Lot #3792 was made in 1884 during Debonneetbeau de Coutelier's second year of proprietorship.
Debonneetbeau was an excellent and successful flutemaker, with a lot of character.  Here we see his right hand mechanism, and the fruits of undoing a conversion to closed hole via the artistry of Gary Lewis in San Francisco.
Debonneetbeau was an excellent and successful flutemaker, with a lot of character. Here we see his right hand mechanism, and the fruits of undoing a conversion to closed hole via the artistry of Gary Lewis in San Francisco.
Debonneetbeau gives a languid, fluid, almost riverine movement to the G# lever and the trill keys.
Debonneetbeau gives a languid, fluid, almost riverine movement to the G# lever and the trill keys.
From the tip of his strap to his long and slender Y arms, Debonneetbeau has created a very metrosexual flute.
From the tip of his strap to his long and slender Y arms, Debonneetbeau has created a very metrosexual flute.
The thumb key can now be ornamented with this undulating curve, since it no longer needs to reach an arm for a trill.  On top, we see the curved, convex finish to the tone hole rims.
The thumb key can now be ornamented with this undulating curve, since it no longer needs to reach an arm for a trill. On top, we see the curved, convex finish to the tone hole rims.
Debonneetbeau's lovely footjoint is only modestly modified from Villette, who changed Louis Lot's design to this pinless model.
Debonneetbeau's lovely footjoint is only modestly modified from Villette, who changed Louis Lot's design to this pinless model.
Everybody had fun designing their footjoint keys.  Debonneetbeau liked to make a broad teardrop, with an almost flat top.  The little pointed ornament between the roller and the arm, and the flat-sided C# are also noteworthy.
Everybody had fun designing their footjoint keys. Debonneetbeau liked to make a broad teardrop, with an almost flat top. The little pointed ornament between the roller and the arm, and the flat-sided C# are also noteworthy.
This lovely blowhole is perfect.  Much later during his tenure, Debonneetbeau became known for irregularities after a vinous lunch.
This lovely blowhole is perfect. Much later during his tenure, Debonneetbeau became known for irregularities after a vinous lunch.
This elegant crown, little changed from the days of the master, shows the wear of loving use and many wipings.
This elegant crown, little changed from the days of the master, shows the wear of loving use and many wipings.