Haynes #18780 handmade silver French open hole flute, from 1947, soldered tone holes, extremely thin tubing of .011 ½” throughout, in line G, Bb shake, gold springs, C-foot. The headjoint was drawn on the famous #7 arbor indicated by the engraving under the WSH monogram.
George Madsen (1906-1986) was the original purchaser of this flute. He played flute and piccolo in the Boston Symphony Orchestra from 1935-1965. His main flute was a Powell made in the early 1930s. Haynes #18780 was probably ordered for a student or used as back-up. He recorded J. S. Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto #4 with Georges Laurent in 1945 on the RCA label. Madsen is most renowned for his outstanding piccolo playing. For more information about George Madsen, please go to the BSO achieve.
This flute is in very good playing condition, the keys are tight, the action is free and well adjusted, pads are older but covering well. There are many small dents on the tubing, and normal amount of tarnish from use. The tone has a lot of presence and much character worthy of a super light flute, full of colors and a strong core. The response is fast with the right amount of resistance. It comes in a newer leather covered French case with red velvet interior.
Maker’s mark and serial number on body only, monogram on headjoint.
The embouchure hole measures at 10.39 x 12.19 mm.
Headjoint length is 9 inches.
The flute weighs 383 grams.
Sounding length is 600 mm.
It comes in a newer leather covered French case.
Please see detailed photos below.
Price is $3,250 with free USA shipping only.
For more information please email Alan Weiss at firstname.lastname@example.org