Haynes s/n 2153

Excellent Wood Flute

Wm. S. Haynes Wood Flute serial #2153 (?), made in 1912. Grenadilla body, solid silver keys, close hole, adjustment screws, offset G, B/C shake, forged keys and touches, gold springs, C-foot with double rollers, 2 metal end caps, felt pads.

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 1920, there was a sudden shift in flute preferences, and silver flutes became the predominant choice. Production of wood flutes quickly phased out. 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.

Haynes #2153 (the second number is not perfectly clear) is not in optimal playing condition, just adequate for testing and some casual playing. Even in this condition, the tone is impressive - exactly how a proper wood flute should sound - rich, dark and vibrate, without any shrillness. There are 2 short cracks in the headjoint at the tenon and a small chip near the end of the body. All could be easily repaired during an overhaul. The wood is in excellent shape, the tone holes are sharp and clean, no damage or unsightly repair on the mechanism either. It comes in an older custom Haynes case in well-used condition.

Maker’s mark and serial number on body only, monogram on headjoint.

The embouchure hole measures 10.8 x 11.9 mm.

Sounding length is 603 mm.

Headjoint length is 9”.

The flute weighs 491 grams.

Please see detailed photos below.

Price is $3,900 USD, $75 shipping to USA.























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