Pre-Owned Rudall Carte Cocus Flute
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From the 1911 Rudall Carte price list:
"This is the earliest established form of the modern Flute. It was patented in England and France by Messrs. RUDALL & ROSE, as this firm was then styled, in 1847. It is made with either an open or shut G# key. The open key is the original form, and the shut one has been made to accommodate players on the Old Flute, from which this system is the most removed in fingering. Price, £29 8s."
This Rudall Carte, dating from 1911, has a couple of extra pieces of useful keywork - a B-C# trill (unusual for a flute of this age), and Brosser F#, which gives an alternative fingering for those tricky top F#s.
This instrument is in very good condition for its age. There are no visible cracks in the wood and the keywork is in good playing order.
About Rudall, Carte & Co
The British company Rudall Carte was among the most famous and well-regarded names in the music industry of the 19th and 20th centuries. Founded as Rudall & Rose in 1822, Richard Carte (father of Richard D'Oyly Carte, of later Gilbert and Sullivan fame) joined the firm around 1850, and the company of Rudall, Rose, Carte & Co then became Rudall, Carte and Company in 1874.
Up until its acquition by Boosey & Hawkes in 1955, Rudall Carte were producing high-quality flutes in a range of materials - primarily cocus wood, but also silver, ebonite and gold - at varying price points. In addition, many famous names in flute history honed their trade at Rudall Carte, including Albert Cooper, Ewen McDougall and Harry Seeley (the last two of whom, along with five other Carte workers, went on to set up Flutemakers Guild).
Rudall Carte cocus wood flutes in particular are rightly still held in high esteem today: beautifully engineered and well ahead of their time, a restored, well cared-for Rudall Carte can be a pleasure to play. Many players like to match a modern British headjoint (such as Robert Bigio or Peter Worrell) to get the most out of these instruments, although there are some notable players who find the warmth and charm of the original headjoint preferable.
Rudall Carte today are known primarily only in the flute world, yet they were hugely successful and highly influential: as well as selling other instruments, the firm published books and music, and were also concert promoters. We highly recommend Robert Bigio's excellent book Rudall, Rose & Carte: The Art of the Flute in Britain for a greater insight into this historic company's production and legacy.
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