Haynes s/n 11647

An Ultra Thinned Early Handmade French Model

Wm. S. Haynes Flute serial #11647, made in 1931, solid silver, handmade French model, inline G, C-foot, Bb shake, forged keys and touches, guard ring on headjoint, soldered tone holes, gold springs, 0.011” – 0.012” tubing, A=440 Hz.

It is extremely rare to see a thinned handmade French Haynes flute from this period coming to market because the Wm. S. Haynes Company made very few of these special models. At this time, Haynes ex-foreman, Verne Q. Powell was enjoying his inaugural success, making mostly French open hole flutes, while less than 10% of Haynes’s total production were handmade French flutes. The actual number of French flutes these two companies produced from the late1920’s to early 1930’s were more or less equal to each other, and the quality of both were not dissimilar either. The prices were within 10% of each other, Powell sold theirs for $250, and Haynes $230. But in today’s market, the price of a vintage handmade Powell from 1931 would be easily three or four times that of Haynes #11647’s.

#11647 is in playable condition, pads are old, mechanism is sound but will need tightening, normal amount of light tarnish, some small dents, light scratches on the footjoint, the key cups and touches are all in good condition, the center joint  logo is quite good, but headjoint trade mark is a bit worn. It will take a complete overhaul for the serious flute player to fully appreciate #11647's former glory. In spite of its marginal condition, the flute still vibrates strongly in your hands. It has a big and full low register, the overall tone is beautiful, rich and robust, the headjoint is very responsive. All three registers are equally outstanding. This is an extraordinary flute, especially for the price offered here.

The embouchure hole measures 10.38 x 12.1 mm.

Sounding length is 600 mm.

The flute weighs 381 grams.

Please see detailed photos below.

Sorry, it is sold.

















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