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Louis Lot

Stamp: Engraved on headjoint and body: L. L / LOUIS LOT / PARIS / (on headjoint only) 4884 / BREVETÉ.

Comments: This instrument plays just enough today to witness the warmth, brightness, and flexibility of a lovely Louis Lot flute. With a good overhaul, we suspect this will be a lively and bright flute with a great tone. It is high pitch (A=448), and plays at A=440 with the headjoint out about 11 mm.

Material: This model 7 covered hole flute is made of Maillechort with silver plating, and an original silver lipplate. The springs are steel. The original metal padwashers are all present. The original thumb crutch is of ebony and silver.

System: This model 7 covered hole flute is made of Maillechort with silver plating, and an original silver lipplate. The springs are steel. The original metal padwashers are all present. The original thumb crutch is of ebony and silver.

Condition: The condition of this flute is very good, yet unrestored. Everything is in perfect original condition. There is a small bump in the headjoint, and the keys show signs of modest use and wear. A full overhaul would bring this beautiful flute fully back to life.

Pitch: This flute is pitched at A=448, "Ancien diapason" to the French.

Sounding Length: Sounding length 585 mm.

Measurements: Scale length 223 mm. Embouchure 10.0 x 11.7.

Weight: 368 g.

Case: The case is original, and in poor external condition, yet fine internal condition.

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Photographs (click to enlarge):

Louis Lot #4884 was made May 10, 1890, just one year after Barat took over as proprietor.  E. Chambille was foreman all through Debonneetbeau and Barat.
This flute is in excellent original condition, and even needing an overhaul, plays with a rich and friendly tone.  Possibly the high pitch helps the flute feel frisky.
Louis Lot #4884 was made May 10, 1890, just one year after Barat took over as proprietor. E. Chambille was foreman all through Debonneetbeau and Barat. This flute is in excellent original condition, and even needing an overhaul, plays with a rich and friendly tone. Possibly the high pitch helps the flute feel frisky.
This elegant flute was made for export to New Haven, Conn.  It is originally made with closed toneholes.  The slight sign of wear from use can be seen on the top of the F key, where the plating is very modestly worn.
This elegant flute was made for export to New Haven, Conn. It is originally made with closed toneholes. The slight sign of wear from use can be seen on the top of the F key, where the plating is very modestly worn.
Louis Lot flutes had been known in New York since 1855, thanks to the influential flutist Philip Ernst.  Such elegance about the G# touch was nonetheless still a rarity in the musical hinterlands.
Louis Lot flutes had been known in New York since 1855, thanks to the influential flutist Philip Ernst. Such elegance about the G# touch was nonetheless still a rarity in the musical hinterlands.
The left hand mechanism shows the precise workmanship and excellent condition of this rare closed hole Louis Lot.
The left hand mechanism shows the precise workmanship and excellent condition of this rare closed hole Louis Lot.
Barat maintained the flattened-top teardrop touch of Debonneetbeau, here with the straight-sided C#.  The C touch closes the C# as well, thanks to a little flap in the elbow of the C#.
Barat maintained the flattened-top teardrop touch of Debonneetbeau, here with the straight-sided C#. The C touch closes the C# as well, thanks to a little flap in the elbow of the C#.
The thumb key continues to show the somewhat Spartan precision of this instrument, as though the shop was experimenting with some new tools or process.
The thumb key continues to show the somewhat Spartan precision of this instrument, as though the shop was experimenting with some new tools or process.
All the lines are very clean on this flute, including the bevel on the backclutch, which is itself modest and precise.  There is very little wear on this instrument, leaving it very close to new condition.
All the lines are very clean on this flute, including the bevel on the backclutch, which is itself modest and precise. There is very little wear on this instrument, leaving it very close to new condition.
The sweet clover leaf for the crutch shows a sense of humor and skill.  The tone hole rim shows a new design for the shop, with a straight taper.  This flute represents Barat's leadership and ingenuity, as he experimented to improve the instruments.
The sweet clover leaf for the crutch shows a sense of humor and skill. The tone hole rim shows a new design for the shop, with a straight taper. This flute represents Barat's leadership and ingenuity, as he experimented to improve the instruments.
The trill key rib and post show a lot of personality.  The post looks a bit heavy in the belly, and no portraits of Barat survive.
The trill key rib and post show a lot of personality. The post looks a bit heavy in the belly, and no portraits of Barat survive.