Pat Olwell Restored 19th Century 8-Key French Flute
French flutes, while not sought after for Irish sessions, are great flutes with very sophisticated design features. This flute has the usual small holes, and the "lighter" feel compared to a British flute, making it adaptable for either early classical flute, or the range of traditional music that wood flutes are now being employed in. A little judicious re-reaming on compressed tenons etc, and a tidying up of the embouchure have yielded a flute with a surprisingly powerful tone. The embouchure is not as tiny as a Baroque flute, so is more accessible to a modern flute player who wants to start playing simple system flutes, and wants a wooden flute that will sound more like early flutes than a silver flute does.......and you get a very nice cocus wood headjoint!
Good condition. Missing two tenon caps which do not affect playability. Lower C/C# key pads work, not quite perfect but are usable.