George Haynes

A Pre-Selmer Museum Piece

George Haynes, no S/N, made around 1912, .011-.012” silver seamed headjoint with gold lipplate, .018” silver one-piece body and foot, drawn tone holes, silver mechanism, plateau keywork, special thumb keys, offset G, C-foot with double rollers, no shake, gold springs, adjusting screws, A=440.

George Haynes returned to New York from Los Angeles in 1905. He also kept a workshop in East Providence where this flute was made. Other than being the inventor of the draw tone hole technique, George also invented the forged cup, arm and tail in a single unit, use of screws instead of pins, and steel bearings inside the tubing of the silver mechanism. All of these inventions were applied to this flute.

The thumb key is also unique. It may look like the design used by Boehm where the thumb key is hinged from the mainline left hand section. But the design of George Haynes operates with the Bb lever on the upper side, same as a modern flute, not the reversed Bb of Boehm’s design. The execution is masterful. The craftsmanship of the entire flute is top-notched. The precision of the mechanism is as good or better than most high-end flutes made in Boston today.

This flute may look tarnished and wears old pads, but the mechanism is tight as new. There is no need for an overhaul. However, a repad and light polish would do the flute a lot of good for professional use. It has a beautiful singing tone in all 3 registers. Plays very well at A=440. The feather light headjoint is very responsive. The one-piece body resonates all the way to the low C even with old pads. The action is superb.

The final score for this flute is its scale. It is identical to the scale Powell chose for his flutes after he left Haynes in 1926. Powell’s A=440 “traditional” scale was considered to be the best and most balanced flute scale before the advent of the Cooper scales and its countless variations. I would not be surprised if Powell was familiar with this flute and even did the engraving on it. He came to Boston in 1913 to work for Haynes.   

Our flute offered here is the twin of the one in the Dayton Miller Collection - silver instead of wood:

    https://www.loc.gov/resource/dcmflute.0108.0

I doubt George Haynes made many of these flutes. His personal output was very small. He was not one to sit down at a bench and do production work. His passion was innovation. Most of the flutes we know today that bear his name were products of Selmer using his tooling and namesake. Our price is $3,500 – a bargain for a rare historically important American flute that plays at 440! There is no case for this flute.

Maker’s mark on body only, no serial number.

The embouchure hole measures 10.3 x 11.9 mm.

Sounding length is 600 mm.

Headjoint length is 8-7/8”.

The flute weighs  396 grams.

Please see detailed photos below.

Price is $3,500 USD,  $55 shipping to USA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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