Claude Rive S/N 243

A Gorgeous Player

This is a silver plated Claude Rive French model flute serial #243, made around 1882. One piece rib, open cups to low C, soldered tone hole, in-line G, original pad retainers, Bb shake, blue steel springs, pinned footjoint mechanism with a tear drop D#, some plating wear and pitting, maker’s marks quite worn from use, some tarnish and some scratches. An oval plate was installed on the tube near the left hand, probably to cover plating lost. The headjoint guard ring has a split. The headjoint may have been shortened about 2 mm and the ring moved up the same distance. All in all, none of the cosmetic flaws hinders the feel and music making ability of this Rive. The embouchure has been recut. Fortunately, the recut does not impede the sound quality or the response in any negative way. The sound is beautiful, clear, and full of nuances in all three registers. The body resonates and vibrates in your hands.

With the headjoint pulled out about 1 mm, Rive #243 plays comfortably at A=440. The distribution of the pitches has all the characteristics of a traditional scale. This is a great playing flute and in excellent mechanical condition. The key action is even and fast. Restoration and acoustic work recently done by David Chu. For more information on Claude Rive and his flutes, please see the article “Rive Reunion - Hearing Nine Claude Rive Flutes” on our article page.

Maker’s marks are on both the headjoint and the body, monogram and serial number are on all three joints. Engraving is quite worn from use.


MARK: CR (monogram)/C. RIVE/Paris (gothic)/serial number.

The embouchure hole measures at 10.26 x 11.94 mm.

Headjoint length is 9”.

The flute weighs 396 grams.

Sounding length is 600 mm.

It comes in a generic case.

Please see detailed photos below.

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