Brannen s/n 655

Early Brannen with Lafin Headjoint

Brannen-Cooper Flute serial #655, made in 1985. Solid silver, handmade French model, soldered tone holes, open hole, pointed arms, no adjustment screws, offset G, B-foot, Bb shake, C# trill, D# roller, pinned mechanism, .014” tubing, gold springs, felt pads, Brannen-Lafin headjoint with gold riser, gold Adler wings and gold ring on crown.  

In 1978, Bickford Brannen and his brother left Powell Flutes, taking half of their best flutemakers to establish the now renowned Brannen Brothers Flutemakers, Inc. The division of Powell had a devastating impact on the company, ultimately leading to its sale to a new owner who had no direct connection to Verne Q. One of the game changers at that time was the Cooper scale, which Brannen embraced and incorporated the Cooper name and London location into their logo. In Korea, these flutes are often known as Cooper flutes. However, Powell had already been offering Cooper scale flutes as an option as early as 1973.

Brannen #655 is in very good condition other than some tarnish, the felt pads are older but covering perfectly. It is ready to play. When properly installed, traditional felt pads, as demonstrated by this flute, enhance the instrument's true resonance and produce a wider range of colors without compromising its responsiveness. The pinned mechanism on #655 is very well made, as Brannen was the company that raised the bar for the industry in key work precision. The Lafin headjoint is well matched to the body, it brings a wealth of drama and dynamics, offering quick response and a beautiful tone. This Brannen comes in its original case in good condition.

The embouchure hole measures 10.4 x 11.7 mm.

Sounding length is 632 mm.

Headjoint length is 8-7/8”.

The flute weighs 496 grams.

Please see detailed photos below.

Sorry, it is sold.



















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