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Pre-Owned Metzler Cocus-wood 8-key Flute


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Our Description

The flute is of a medium bore size, with large finger/tone holes. The taper is more extreme than that of a Rudall Carte from a similar time. The flute is most probably more of a chamber instrument, however the left hand tone holes are considerably larger than usual, so this will help a little with projection.

General Condition

This flute, which was made circa 1840 and is being sold "as seen", is generally in good cosmetic condition, although it does require some work to restore it to playing order. There are two cracks: one running the entire length of the headjoint (running under the metal lip-plate), and the other on the tuning slide. As the headjoint is lined, the former crack has no bearing on the playability; however, the crack in the tuning slide does prevent the instrument from working and does need to be repaired. In addition, all joint bindings need to be replaced and the keywork oiled and adjusted. The original case (key missing) is in good condition for its age. The stamp, present on all three sections, reads: METZLER & CO / LONDON

Condition Report

Condition can be highly subjective. This information is to be taken as a guide only. E&OE.

  • Sounding length (mm): 574
  • Total length (mm): 650

About Metzler & Co

Not a lot is known about the Metzler company, other than they were a London-based family company active in the 19th century. It's not clear whether they were makers or dealers, but they produced a large number of woodwind instruments, particularly flutes in the English style.


  • 8-key flute
  • Six salt-spoon keys, two pewter plugs, block-mounted with brass springs
  • Cocus-wood body tube
  • Silver-plated German silver embouchure, keys, tone hole inserts and ferrules
  • Thickwall headjoint, lined
  • Ornate crown

What's Included

  • Original hard case

Item Details

Item number: C125014 (Please quote this Item Number if you contact us about this item)
Manufacturer: Metzler & Co - Metzler & Co online
Category: Pre-Owned Wooden Flutes

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