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Rudall Carte & Co, Ltd.

Serial #6432.

London,

Stamp: STAMPED ON BODY: (crown/ RUDALL/ CARTE & CO LTD/ 23 BERNERS STREET/ OXFORD STREET/ LONDON/ 6432. On head and foot: (crown/ RUDALL/ CARTE & CO LTD/ LONDON.

Marks:

Manufacture Date: Made c. 1924 (Langwill)

Hallmarks:

Comments: This is a good quality student flute. The wood is beautiful, the mechanism sturdy, the keys large and easy to finger. The instrument seems to have been built at A=440 or just a tad lower.

Material: Made of lovely cocus wood with silver-plated keys and trim. Corkscrew of wood. Springs blue steel.

System: English version of French System, with offset G, large plateau keys, B trill, Larger footjoint toneholes required the wood to be left proud at the tone hole rims, a much more difficult job than just cutting, as on the body. I suspect this was built as a student model, considering the large plated keys. The headjoint is fully lined with a seamed metal tube, giving the tuning slide, and a bright tone. The footjoint is to C, and is of the pinless design. The clutch system is the shoulder clutches of Lot.

Condition: There are old repairs at the Bb thumb key, a nicely repaired crack on the front of the headjoint (missing embouchure completely), and a scuff here and there. In other words, this flute is in quite nice condition for its age. The flute was last repadded quite a few years ago, yet the pads are in very good condition (no moth holes visible). She plays with a sweet tone, yet the flute does need a clean-oil--and adjust.

Pitch: Seems pitched at around A=440.

Sounding Length: 598 mm.

Measurements:

Weight: 518

Case: In original case with later wooden cleaning rod. Case shows signs of wear.

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