Stamp: On headjoint: L. L. / LOUIS LOT / PARIS/ 3340 / BREVET�. On body: L. L. / LOUIS LOT / PARIS/ BREVET�. Foot unstamped.
Marks: No marks visible under keys.
Manufacture Date: Made in 1882, the last year of Villette's proprietorship. (Giannini).
Comments: Julius Baker tried to buy this flute in the early 1940's. It is clear why. This is the very finest of the Villette flutes we have seen. The construction is perfect. The condition is perfect. The tone is firm, yet disciplined. This instrument seems perfectly balanced throughout, with no change of character between the low, middle, and upper ranges. This is one of the special flutes from the Louis Lot company. This instrument is not listed in the remaining Louis Lot record books. It first came to light around 1938, when the current owner purchased it from a professional shop in Philadelphia. For three years he used it, while having Verne Powell maintain it. Powell showed the flute to Wm. Kincaid, who thought the embouchure was too small for his taste. Julius Baker also got wind of this flute, and had his brother approach the owner to purchase this instrument. The owner declined. A short while later, in March of 1941, the current owner purchased a new Powell flute. This Louis Lot has laid idle ever since. It was recently completely restored by the very talented and well know Louis Lot technician Gary Lewis.
Material: This very beautiful flute is made of silver, with an 18k gold lipplate and chimney. The springs are of gold, including the flat springs under the thumb keys. The grommets are gilt, and the pad washers are of the screw, leather, flat washer type.
System: Model 6, silver flute with B foot. B touch completely independent, yet part of the "pinless" footjoint cluster. Gold embouchure, gold springs. Bb trill. This is what we call a "Villette system" flute. Shortly after Louis lot retired in 1876, Henri Villette changed the firm's design to include adjusting screws at the back clutch and shoulder clutches, while eliminating the F# tail in the backclutch. This is unquestionably the finest flute of this system we have seen.
Condition: This flute comes to us after a complete and very expert overhaul by Gary Lewis, a Louis Lot specialist of Portland, OR. It is currently in perfect playing condition. Previous repairs have included a shortening, and re-lengthening, of the headjoint tenon (the latter probably by Verne Powell), and changing the pad washers to the Munich screw-type, also probably by Powell. Small bits of lead solder on the lower main post are an anomaly.
Pitch: Plays at A=440 perfectly, thanks to the adjusted headjoint tenon, and the original amazing quality of the instrument. The distance between the C# and E holes on the main body seems to be long enough for a scale of A=435.
Sounding Length: Sounding length 643 mm.
Weight: 421 g.
Case: In very nice case, possibly from the days under Powell's care.