Wood Haynes #2343, made in 1912, grenadilla, silver keys, closed hole, offset G, gold springs mixed in with a few steel springs, B/C shake, C-foot with double rollers.
Haynes got their start making wood flutes in the early 20th Century. Flutists from many renowned performing groups, such as the Boston Symphony, Metropolitan Opera, Cincinnati Symphony, and Sousa’s Band, played on their wood flutes. However, by the 1920’s, Haynes was selling mostly silver flutes and their wood flute production ceased. Their total production of wood flutes is less than 1,600 instruments over 20 years, many are open G#, some are in Db. Practically all of them are made in grenadilla wood of the finest quality. For the lucky few, they may come across flutes in cocuswood! There were only a handful made.
Haynes #2343 is a wonderful player. The pads are very old but still cover enough to get out the low notes and for casual playing. Keys are a bit tarnished and the mechanism is good. There is a repaired crack on the headjoint, the body tenon has some missing wood and will need to be fixed before more damage is done, one rib screw is missing. The wood is in excellent condition. Original embouchure. The sound is warm and enticing, as a wood flute should produce. In spite of the older pads, the flute still vibrates in your hands and evokes much emotions. The high register is easy and clear. The middle and low registeres are warm and full. It plays well at A=438. This flute has all the fine qualities of a superb wood flute and would deserve a proper overhaul and a player who would treasure it.
Maker’s mark and serial number on body. Monogram on headjoint
The embouchure hole measures at 10.82 x 11.96 mm.
Headjoint length is 9-1/8 inches.
The flute weighs 477 grams.
Sounding length is 605 mm.
Please see detailed photos below.
Price is $1,500 USD with free USA shipping only.
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