CONN GOLD PLATED FLUTE. ULTRA LOW SERIAL NUMBER # 28. Elkhart Indiana – 1895. NOTE: This Flute would be compete if not for the MISSING CROWN / CORK assembly. NOTE: This flute is NOT playable in its current condition, and does require some repair. ULTRA LOW SERIAL NUMBER!! This approaches being a’museum piece’. In my research I’ve not seen a CONN serial number lower than this one – not even in museum collections. This truly is a piece of musical instrument history. Complete with original case which is wood with a paper-thin leather covering and padded satin interior. The wood is good, but the leather finish is largely broken down. Interior of case shows some of the 120 years of wear, but is entirely serviceable. Nice metal clasps look and work nicely. The case has protected this fine instrument over the decades of non-use. Open at both ends with unmarked lip plate. Most western concert flutes require a CROWN and CORK assembly which is MISSION on this instrument. Keys in the Boehem configuration we believe this flute was manufactured just 30-40 years after this key configuration became somewhat’standard’ for a concert “C” flute. Lovely Engraving just along the flute Made by G. Just the keywork has the gold plating. The head joint connects to the body with a barrel that is removable from the head, though head and barrel would normally remain connected in storage. These joints are good – tight. The body / foot joint is OK, connects easily, but this joint is NOT as tight as it should be. Overall the flute is mostly clean from extraneous soil. However what may be deterioration of pad material and/or keywork lubrication remains on the flute. This is best seen in photos #8, 9, 10. We have made no attempt to clean the flute, deciding to leave that to a future expert. I’m using a diagram from US Patent #5,014,585 (available at US patent office if need be). This patent # is NOT on the instrument, but the keywork matched this diagram better than any other I could find, and the keys were numbered on that diagram in a logical way. I suggest finding that document to follow my discussion below of the key details. If you have trouble, please send a message, I can send this diagram back to you. Key “K2″ (which operates pad P1) has no spring return action – the key is free moving. Key K4 (operates pad P6) is STUCK CLOSED. Note this key is the only one that shows wear from use. The gold plating here is slightly worn just off center of the key. This can be seen in the upper half of Photo #6. Key K9 – the first key on the foot – is free moving, but has no spring return action. Key K10 – moves freely, but has Weak spring return action. Keys K6, K7, K8 move freely, but ONLY as a unit. Pressing any of these three keys closes the pads underneath all three. I tried to free this, but used only slightest finger pressure to do so. I could not free them from one another, and will leave this condition for an expert to review / repair. All the rest of the keys seem to work correctly – freely with good spring return action. No levers are bent, no pads seem to be out of alignment with their respective holes. Please contact me for instructions and possibilities. Including some musical instruments, recordings, sheet music, and other items if they remain for sale. =- -=- -=- -=- -=- -=- -=- -=- -=- -=- -=- -=- -=- -=- -=- -=- -=- -=- -=- -=- -=- -=- -=- -=- -=- -=- -=- -=- -=- -=. NO SERVICE TO RUSSIA due to the CYBER ATTACKS on the USA! We accept a high percentage of offers (or counteroffers). Ask for more info. Most items are in our STURBRIDGE, MA Location, but we can also do Boston (Metro West and the North Shore especially), Worcester, Hartford, New Haven, and less often, Manhattan. We are happy to accept your check [Personal / Business / Bank] – just takes longer for you to receive your goods. Uncertainty is the enemy. We love to satisfy our buyers, we’re always nice to you, so please be nice to us. Track Page Views With. Auctiva’s FREE Counter. The item “Vintage CONN Gold Plated Silver Flute = ULTRA LOW SERIAL # 28 = Needs Minor TLC” is in sale since Friday, October 27, 2017. This item is in the category “Musical Instruments & Gear\Vintage Musical Instruments\Vintage Wind & Woodwind\Band & Orchestral\Flutes”. The seller is “ranwiz” and is located in Sturbridge, Massachusetts. This item can be shipped to United States.
- Country/Region of Manufacture: United States
- Exact Year: 1895
- Machine Head Material: Silver
- Headjoint Material: Silver
- Body Material: Silver
- Brand: Conn
- Riser Material: Gold