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Boosey & Co. Pratten's Perfected
Boosey & Co. Pratten's Perfected
Boosey & Co. Pratten's Perfected
Boosey & Co. Pratten's Perfected
Boosey & Co. Pratten's Perfected
Boosey & Co. Pratten's Perfected
Boosey & Co. Pratten's Perfected
Boosey & Co. Pratten's Perfected
Boosey & Co. Pratten's Perfected
Boosey & Co. Pratten's Perfected
Boosey & Co. Pratten's Perfected

Boosey & Co. Pratten's Perfected

 

Condition: Restored Antique

Cocus & nickel-silver with 8 post-mounted keys.

Serial number 11288. According to David Migoya, the flute was made in the early part of 1881 at the firm's Frederick Mews facility. It's high-pitched, designed for A=456.

Overall condition is good, with normal wear for a flute of this age. There is a professionally repaired crack in the head joint (well away from the embouchure) which has been stable since the current owner received the flute (~1993).

The cut of the embouchure is certainly not as crisp and sharp as it once was. Modern head joints really bring this flute to life. The tone holes are quite large, and with the right head joint this flute is capable of massive volume.

The key work is sturdy yet refined. There's a subtle, elegant sort of art nouveau flourish to the key touches. One unusual feature of this flute is a cleverly designed additional touch for the second-octave C natural key, engaged by the left-hand thumb--very useful for certain melodic passages.

At some point in the past, the pewter plugs of the bottom C and C# keys were replaced with pads which work reasonably well.

One other modification is a nickel-silver band fitted around the upper end of the foot joint. The posts of the E-flat key and the C and C# keys are brazed to it. It is neatly and skillfully done.

Comes with a thermo-plastic, velvet-lined Boehm flute case, which fits it very well.