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Shepherd and Sutton / Rod Cameron

London

Stamp: On headjoint: (unicorn) / SHEPHERD / & SUTTON / LONDON / (small letters) PATENT. On all other joints: SHEPHERD / & SUTTON

Comments: This is a honking flute, excellent for session playing. The lower octaves are especially strong, with a powerful low C. Since Rod Cameron has rebuilt the flute, it plays like the cross between the old and the new that it is. The boxwood gives a bright tone.

Material: Made of beautiful figured boxwood with silver keys and ivory trim. Cap and corkscrew ivory. Springs brass, footjoint springs replaced with steel (probably by Rod Cameron).

System: This is a six keyed flute with C foot. Toneholes modestly Nicholsonian, with the characteristic large F# and B holes. Rod Cameron rebuilt the flute some years ago, including retuning, probable re-boring, and Rod's signature polish to the bore.

Condition: The condition is excellent, with the understanding that Rod Cameron rebuilt the flute to modern standards some years ago. The flute was repadded and given full maintenance here about a year ago. The keys all work, with a rich low C. The springs are individualistic, with the little G# a bit stiff, and the short F a bit soft; this is actually fairly common among English flutes with hard brass springs.

Pitch: Although the tuning does beg for dexterity, the pitches are all close to A=440 with the head out a perfect 6 mm.

Sounding Length: Sounding length 588 mm.

Measurements: Embouchure 10.4 x 11.3 mm. F# hole 9.0 x 9.2 mm.

Weight: Weighs 298 g.

Case: In modern case.

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Photographs (click to enlarge):

This firm is listed as dealers rather than manufacturers, yet their flute is from a boutique maker.  The elegant and simple lines with beautiful boxwood are beyond the usual trade instruments.
This firm is listed as dealers rather than manufacturers, yet their flute is from a boutique maker. The elegant and simple lines with beautiful boxwood are beyond the usual trade instruments.
The lovely blowhole itself is untouched, yet the tube inside has been undercut as part of Rod Cameron's rebuilding.
The lovely blowhole itself is untouched, yet the tube inside has been undercut as part of Rod Cameron's rebuilding.
The keys and boxwood are first quality.  The tuning has been adjusted, with the B and A clearly lowered, probably with a bit of epoxy.
The keys and boxwood are first quality. The tuning has been adjusted, with the B and A clearly lowered, probably with a bit of epoxy.
The right hand shows the elegant straight lines at the socket.  The tone holes have been slightly narrowed with glue as part of Rod Cameron's tuning adjustments.
The right hand shows the elegant straight lines at the socket. The tone holes have been slightly narrowed with glue as part of Rod Cameron's tuning adjustments.
The beautiful Shepherd and Sutton in her new case.
The beautiful Shepherd and Sutton in her new case.
The original brass springs are attractive, but a bit stiff.
The original brass springs are attractive, but a bit stiff.
There is a definite quality of elegance in the flamed boxwood and clean stamp.
There is a definite quality of elegance in the flamed boxwood and clean stamp.
The footjoint, again with a straight socket and nicely made keys. The tone hole cutter left a flat seat for the pads, just visible under the low C key.
The footjoint, again with a straight socket and nicely made keys. The tone hole cutter left a flat seat for the pads, just visible under the low C key.
All three of the footjoint keys have had their springs replaced with steel, giving nice and smooth action.
All three of the footjoint keys have had their springs replaced with steel, giving nice and smooth action.