Louis Lot Conical Flute s/n 1287

Rare 1st Gen Conical Flute

Louis Lot #1287, made in 1869. Cocuswood, ring-key conical, maillechort keys and rings, gold plated, inline G, C-foot, no shake, grease case, 2 end caps, period case with key, A=435.

Unlike the firm of Godfroy, Louis Lot did not produce too many 1832 Boehm system conical flutes or ordinary flutes. Their main instruments were the cylindrical metal and wood flutes. Boehm's initial response to Charles Nichoson's powerful sound was his 1832 system invention, but the pinnacle of his work came with the 1847 cylindrical metal flutes. Interestingly, the 1847 invention did not prevent many makers to stop production of the 1832 flutes.

For modern flute players, the charm of a conical flute is irresistible. While it may not offer the best intonation or easy high notes, its appeal lies in the sound it produces. #1287 is well preserved and underwent a recent overhaul with cork and synthetic pads, along with gold plating on the keys. The embouchure hole has a small amout of overcutting. The current pads do not seal well, and felt pads would have been more suitable. A small amount of wood was cut out on the footjoint to make room for the C# key. Despite these issues, the flute is playable except for the low notes due to leaks. The pricing takes these inadequacies into account, and a proper overhaul should rectify the problems. It comes in a period case with a working key.

Maker’s mark and serial number on headjoint and body.

The embouchure hole measures 10.3 x 11.9 mm.

Sounding length is 592 mm.

Headjoint length is 9-1/4”.

The flute weighs 398 grams.

Please see detailed photos below.

Price is $4,000 USD, $75 shipping to USA.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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