Powell s/n 2973

Handmade with Gold lipplate

Powell Flute serial #2973, made in 1968. Solid silver, gold lipplate and riser, handmade French model, soldered tone holes, open hole, pointed arms, no adjustment screws, inline G, Bb shake, B-foot, .014” tubing, gold springs, felt pads, traditional scale, A=440.

This flute is a prime example of Powell flutes made after Verne Q sold his company to four of his disciples in 1961. When it was made, the workshop was still located at its original premises on Huntington Avenue, Boston. In 1970, it was expanded and relocated to Arlington Heights. The following year, Edward Almeida, one of the original four owners, left to establish his own flute company. Many consider Powell flutes of the 1960s Almeida period Powells because of Almeida's exceptional craftmanship as demonstrate by the later flutes bearing his name.

Powell #2973 is in lovely used condition, showing some tarnish. The pads are older but still covering very well, the action is light and quick, no dents. The well-cut gold embouchure gives it a slightly more modern appearance than an old Powell flute. This instrument has been meticulously cared for over the years. It produces a robust, resonant tone characteristic of vintage Powell flutes, with a quick, responsive, and open sound across all three octaves. Its middle and high registers are sweet and velvety, while the low notes are full and resonant. The flute vibrates under your fingers, a sign of good acoustics, magic that you can feel. The original case is in well-used condition.

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

The embouchure hole measures 10.5 x 12.2 mm.

Sounding length is 639 mm.

Headjoint length is 8-7/8”.

The flute weighs 420 grams.

Please see detailed photos below.

Price is $5,500 USD, $75 shipping to USA.



















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