Stamp: Engraved on headjoint: L.L / LOUIS LOT / PARIS/ 4134 / BREVET� engraved on head; L.L / LOUIS LOT / PARIS / BREVET�, engraved on body. No mark on foot.
Manufacture Date: Made in 1886 under Debonneetbeau. This was made just the year before one of the surviving record books, and does not appear in the later books.
Hallmarks: Hallmarked on tubes with boar's head and
Comments: This instrument has more stories to tell, after several lifetimes of storytelling. Indeed, there are many mute adventures enshrined in the mechanism today. Remarkably, the instrument does play enough to recognize the classic Lot sound and resonance. This is an opportunity to own a Louis Lot flute at a very low price.
Material: Made of silver, with steel springs.
System: This is Lot's Model 6, silver flute with B foot. The low B is left-hand pinkie operated, and this key closes all of the footjoint keys. The footjoint shows innovation in the set screws for C and C#, and the attendant repositioning of the pinless rod to the front of the mechanism, passing over the C# key. This bypasses the set screw for low B, and closes the C# for low C, thus rendering unnecessary the little corner clutch normally in the crotch of the C# touch. Although much of the footjoint has been repaired or reworked, it does appear as if the touch for D# has been moved closer to the C and C# touches, thanks to the low B tail. This meant that the traditional teardrop D# would not fit, and the straight sided D# key introduced as a result. This is certainly the earliest flute we recall seeing with the straight-sided D#. The next such instrument in our files is #5212, made 1892, also with a left-handed low B.
Condition: This flute has died and been resurrected several times. It is the Phoenix of Lot's, and has attracted considerable interest from past caretakers. The last overhaul really achieved momentous progress in overcoming more signs of fervent usage than one could possibly expect. I doubt that the last work could be repeated, but there is enough left in this instrument to realize the glories of times past, and times yet to come. The embouchure has been replaced at one time. Many of the silver rods have split. The rod on the C# is probably the only one that should really be replaced.
Pitch: Appears to be pitched a bit high, although not fully old pitch. Plays around A=442 today, and A=440 when pulled out a reasonable 6 mm.
Sounding Length: Sounding length 635 mm.
Weight: Weighs 408.g.
Case: In old case.