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921

Louis Lot

Paris

Stamp: Engraved on headjoint: L.L / LOUIS LOT / PARIS/ 7388 / BREVETÉ engraved on head; L.L / LOUIS LOT / PARIS / BREVETÉ, engraved on body. No mark on foot.

Comments: This flute is a very rare example of a Louis Lot with some construction innovations and in a perfect original condition. The thumb keys are not attached with a screw-in steel rod as usual, but rather with a steel rod pressure fixed inside the silver thumb key tube, extending to go through the Bb touch tube. This steel rod has a pointed end that swivels This headjoint carries a strong and compelling character, with the call for full participation by the player pioneered by Louis Lot. The tone quality of these flutes is so compelling it resembles a fine violin in it's individual character.

Material: This very sweet flute is made of silver, with seamed tubes, blue steel springs. Original padwashers on all pads appear to be white metal.

System: This is the Model 5, silver flute with C foot, used by most professionals in France. The upper trill key is for the thumb B, and is made like the Godfroy trills, on the outside rod with a groove in the body strap. The padwashers are made with a definite change from earlier, having small rectangular catch holes for unscrewing, rather than the round holes used since the time of Lot and Godfroy, and they are flat topped. The tone hole rims are with the concave taper. The wall thickness is a very thin .012" (.3048 mm), and the diameter of the tubes seems scant to 19 mm. It is likely that this instrument was made for a client wishing an old-time sound; the lyrical call of the original Louis Lot flutes. The construction is exquisite, and in perfect original condition.

Condition: This flute is in excellent, nearly completely original condition. It has been played, and played well, but she has been put to bed and tucked in each night. The flute looks virtually new, but the toneholes have been resoldered some years ago, which belies the sedentary life.

Pitch: Pitched to play at A=440, if not A=442

Sounding Length: Sounding length 602 mm.

Measurements: Scale length 226 mm. Emb. 9.9 x 11.9 mm. Chimney 4.56 (lower wall) and 4.80 (upper wall). Tube .012". Tone holes 13.4mm left hand, 14.3 mm right hand, footjoint 15.6 mm.

Weight: 410 g.

Case: In Yamaha case.

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Photographs (click to enlarge):

Louis Lot #7388 was made in the middle of 1905 under the new proprietor Ernest Chambille, who had been foreman of the workshop since 1882, when Debonneetbeau left the job to become proprietor.
Louis Lot #7388 was made in the middle of 1905 under the new proprietor Ernest Chambille, who had been foreman of the workshop since 1882, when Debonneetbeau left the job to become proprietor.
Chambille took his time entering the 20th century.  This flute is built with some conservative elements, such as the left trill key on the outside rod, an old Godfroy trick that required a slice taken out of the strap (see later photo).
Chambille took his time entering the 20th century. This flute is built with some conservative elements, such as the left trill key on the outside rod, an old Godfroy trick that required a slice taken out of the strap (see later photo).
This sturdy and elegant flute is in remarkably excellent condition after a life of serious, but in no way abusive, playing.
This sturdy and elegant flute is in remarkably excellent condition after a life of serious, but in no way abusive, playing.
The left hand mechanism on this remarkably clean flute shows a modestly ornamented Bb shoulder clutch, lovely rounded key cups, and little or no visible wear.
The left hand mechanism on this remarkably clean flute shows a modestly ornamented Bb shoulder clutch, lovely rounded key cups, and little or no visible wear.
The embouchure (9.9 x 11.9 mm) is untouched inside and out.  The lipplate has never been removed.  This headjoint gives a bold and bright sound, with the compression and core of the small embouchure.  This is an ideal chamber music flute.
The embouchure (9.9 x 11.9 mm) is untouched inside and out. The lipplate has never been removed. This headjoint gives a bold and bright sound, with the compression and core of the small embouchure. This is an ideal chamber music flute.
Chambille had been making footjoint touches like this, with the straight sided D# touch and the oval roller, since the early Barat days.
Chambille had been making footjoint touches like this, with the straight sided D# touch and the oval roller, since the early Barat days.
The round knob in the middle is the top of the kingpost, which serves as bushings for the left and right mechanisms.  A steel bushing has been inserted in the kingpost, to prevent wear, we believe as part of the original construction.
The round knob in the middle is the top of the kingpost, which serves as bushings for the left and right mechanisms. A steel bushing has been inserted in the kingpost, to prevent wear, we believe as part of the original construction.
The elegant, long thumb key with the classic sculpted touch for Bb; these are the hallmarks of the beautiful flutemaking from the Louis Lot shop.  The tail of the thumb key sits over a trill connection from the top trill touch discussed earlier, giving a B-C trill.
The elegant, long thumb key with the classic sculpted touch for Bb; these are the hallmarks of the beautiful flutemaking from the Louis Lot shop. The tail of the thumb key sits over a trill connection from the top trill touch discussed earlier, giving a B-C trill.
 These are the last days of the seamed tube flutes.  The seam is the little gray line going under the top of the pointed rib.
These are the last days of the seamed tube flutes. The seam is the little gray line going under the top of the pointed rib.