Louis Lot S/N 3297

An Outstanding Cocuswood Louis Lot

Louis Lot, #3297 made around  the early 1880's. The cylindrical body is made of cocuswood, the French open hole key work is silver plated maillechort, foot to low C, closed G#, elegant small mainline key cups on both the left and right hand sections, steel springs, original Bb shake, two end caps to protect the fabric in the case from the cork grease on the joints, one original and one replacement, the original has a crack in it, two adjustment screws for the F# and E, single pin on the right hand lug, old French style pad washers, grease bottle and original French case in fair condition. This flute is a stunning example of a well preserved wood Louis Lot.

Wood Lot #3297 is in excellent shape, it has been expertly overhauled by David Chu some years ago and it is in regular use for the last 15 years. There is an old pinned repair between the trills, a crack repair in the footjoint next to the D# tone hole, and a slight indentation in the wood under the G# lever. The color of the headjoint is lighter than the body - not unusual for a cocuswood Louis Lot as choice wood from Cuba was not easily obtainable in France. Matching blanks were not always a priority. No other imperfection in the wood is detected. The key mechanism is fast and snappy. There is some plating wear on the keys. The finish on the wood is completely intact. Some traces of gold crayon can still be seen in the maker’s mark on the footjoint.

For modern use, the flute has easily removable platicine inserts in some of the left hand and thumb tone holes. In addition, a removable wooden "donut" was installed in the duplicate G tonehole for tuning purposes. All the tuning devices could simply be taken off without any change to the original. With the headjoint pulled out 2 mm, this flute can play acceptably at A=440 except for some flat low notes, typical characteristics of the traditional scale. The sound is very beautiful, deep, woody and expressive. The flute feels very light and the body is especially vibrant. All three registers response well - the high register is brilliant and singing, the middle just vibrates in your hands, and the low register is remarkably full and reedy. All these great qualities could probably be attributed to the well preserved and significantly aged cocuswood.

Maker’s mark on the headjoint, footjoint and the body. Serial number on body only.


The embouchure hole measures at 10.71 x 12.65 mm.

Headjoint length is 9-1/4”.

The flute weighs 424 grams.

Sounding length is 602 mm.

It comes in the original leather covered French case.

Please see detailed photos below.

Price is $10,500 with free USA shipping only.























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