Serial # 2722
Stamp: Engraved on headjoint: L.L / LOUIS LOT /PARIS / 2722 / BREVET� . Engraved (!) on body: L. L. / LOUIS-LOT (hint of hyphen) / PARIS / BREVET� . Footjoint unmarked.
Manufacture Date: Made in 1879 (Giannini), under Villette.
Hallmarks: Hallmarked with the makers mark, "H#V" and the boar's head of silver purity, on the upper body ring and the bottom ring on the footjoint.
Comments: This is an exquisite and special flute. I suspect that it was made by Debonneetbeau while working for Villette. Several new features coexist with the old-style lipplate. This instrument has been the favorite Louis Lot of Gary Schocker, who feels that it is the best playing Lot he has had or tried.
Material: This is a model 5, silver flute with C foot. The crown is a metal screw. The lipplate is remarkably made with the "over and under" embouchure uni� which Lot invented in the early 1860's, and is unique for Villette flutes.
System: This very beautiful flute is made with Villette's clutch system, using adjustment screws on both sides of the hanging T clutch, the F# lug (which replaces the middle piece on the back clutch) and the Bb side of the backclutch. All these screws are in mint condition. The footjoint is the pinless design, with an additional set-screw fitted tail on the C#. Flat French pad washers all original.
Condition: This flute is in exquisite condition, and has been painstakingly overhauled by Mark Leone.
Pitch: Although made to play at French pitch of A=435, the headjoint has been trimmed for A=440. Gary Schocker used it at this pitch, and felt the scale was perfect.
Sounding Length: Sounding length 600 mm.
Case: In original case.