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Rudall Carte & Co., Ltd

London, England

Stamp: On upper body: (crown) / RUDALL / CARTE & Co Ltd / 23 BERNERS STREET / OXFORD STREET / LONDON / 7585

Comments: Robert Bigio comments on this flute: "7585. 27 June 1932. Thinned cocuswood Boehm, silver keys, shut G#, middle and foot in one, low pitch. Made by Handke. Sold 1 December 1932 to C.A. Allen. If this is your flute, it is very interesting indeed. A thinned-throughout flute was the most expensive instrument made by Rudall Carte, and Fred Handke, in my opinion, was the best craftsman ever to have made a flute. I have a few of his instruments, which I bring out every so often to show myself what great craftsmanship should look like. There are a couple of pictures of Fred Handke in my new book on Rudall Carte. See my website for details. You may be interested to know that Albert Cooper thought Handke was the best, too, as did all the Rudall Carte workers."

Material: Made of thinned cocuswood with silver keys and fittings. Headjoint lined with silver tube. Springs of blue steel. Pad washers French-type screw-on, probably white metal.

System: This is the rare and exquisite fully thinned flute with one-piece body and foot that was the highest quality instrument from Rudall and Carte. It is a standard Boehm, with offset G, closed G#, C foot, and B-C thumb trill. The headjoint is silver lined.

Sorry, sold.

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