Note from Blayne: Those looking for an antique Rudall type flute that plays awesome at A440, this is it. Also, the foot keys work really really well! (yes, two reallys :)
Note: The original head joint plays fantastic. We do have a Cocus Olwell headjoint currently in stock which fits this flute. If you want to get every bit of power out of this flute, you might consider pairing the two. (Adds we'll say "10%" more oomph!)
Notes from Patrick:
"I stamped this with a year for when repairs were done. The O and O means [Patrick] Olwell and [Aaron] Olwell. Makes it look nice, and functional. In this case there was some tuning to be done, and a silver cap put on.. This Wylde is a valuable 170 year old antique, made for La Crème of 19th Century players.
Henry Wylde flourished in London between 1832 - 1850. In addition to working with Rudall and Rose, Wylde continued to make flutes for them - to be stamped Rudall Rose - after he started working on his own. This flute has all the looks and playability of a fine vintage Rudall Rose flute from the 1830s – the golden period. It is slim and elegant, with holes that are on the small side. There is plenty of volume and the flute holds its own against louder instruments. It plays nicely at A=440 with the slide pulled out about 13mm (1/2”). The elegant keys all work well. The barrel is a new cocus sleeve over the original tube, stained with nitric acid to match, so there are no cracks in the tuning barrel. This accounts for the lack of the "Wylde" stamp on the barrel. “Wylde” appears on the center joints and on the foot joint. The blocks and keys are undamaged, unrepaired, and look perfect. The silver-lined keyways add strength and stability to the key blocks. Overall it is in remarkable condition for a flute of this age."
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