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908

Bonneville

Stamp: On head and upper body: (monogram AB) / Ate / BONNEVILLE / (gothic) Paris. Additionally on body the number: 3608

Comments: This robust flute offers extraordinary variety in tone and expression, opening the famous Bonneville textured-tone into new territories. This is truly a transitional flute, maintaining the purity and sweetness of the 19th century in a bold, powerful body. If this flute were a wine, it would marry the depth of age with the fruity vivacity of youth in an extraordinary and expensive vintage.

Material: Made of Maillechort with silver plating throughout. Springs of steel, with many new ones.

System: This is the plated C foot model, with a Bb trill. Graduated toneholes. One piece strap. Pinless foot.

Condition: This instrument appears to be in fine and original condition, except the crown has been replaced. It has been relatively recently overhauled to full performance standards. The headjoint has not been cut, the pad washers are all original, the embouchure is perfect.

Pitch: This flute was made to be played higher than A=435, yet is certainly not a high pitched flute. With the head out a few millimeters it plays very well at A=440.

Sounding Length: Sounding length 604 mm.

Measurements: Embouchure 10.3 x 12.16. Scale 226 mm. Emb to C# 233 mm.

Weight: 406 g.

Case: In Bonneville double case, with an empty piccolo compartment.

Sold.
Price: $5,900

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Photographs (click to enlarge):

We still estimate 100 flutes per year as a reasonable dating technique for Bonneville, making this flute 1876 plus 36, or roughly 1912.
We still estimate 100 flutes per year as a reasonable dating technique for Bonneville, making this flute 1876 plus 36, or roughly 1912.
Bonneville's style incorporates a flatter finger area than his more fluid contemporaries, while retaining the beautiful sculptural qualities of Godfroy.
Bonneville's style incorporates a flatter finger area than his more fluid contemporaries, while retaining the beautiful sculptural qualities of Godfroy.
The G# touch shows Bonneville's
The G# touch shows Bonneville's "flattened curve" aesthetic, while the trill to Bb is part of a general change, almost complete by 1912, away from the B thumb trill.
The left hand mechanism shows bold pointed arms with modest
The left hand mechanism shows bold pointed arms with modest "Y" arms on the open hole keys. The one piece strap can just be seen curving down to the trill keys on the left.
Bonneville's 1912 footjoint has adopted Villette's pinless mechanism (without a backclutch), and retained the tear drop D# (with a flattened curve surface).
Bonneville's 1912 footjoint has adopted Villette's pinless mechanism (without a backclutch), and retained the tear drop D# (with a flattened curve surface).
The embouchure, at 10.3 x 12.18 mm, reflects the growing sound of the twentieth century.  This lipplate is original and unaltered.
The embouchure, at 10.3 x 12.18 mm, reflects the growing sound of the twentieth century. This lipplate is original and unaltered.
The thumb key is fully up to date, with the tail of the key finished off, taking advantage of the change from a thumb trill.  Like all of this flute, these keys are bold, yet with a certain retained delicacy.
The thumb key is fully up to date, with the tail of the key finished off, taking advantage of the change from a thumb trill. Like all of this flute, these keys are bold, yet with a certain retained delicacy.
The back clutch is very nicely finished, although a repairman long ago made the Bb adjustment with sharp pliers!
The back clutch is very nicely finished, although a repairman long ago made the Bb adjustment with sharp pliers!
This lovely crown is modern and is the only replacement part on the flute.
This lovely crown is modern and is the only replacement part on the flute.