Pre-Owned (Marked) Rudall Carte Cocus Wood Flute
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Every so often, we come across an instrument which is a little bit different to the norm. This Rudall Carte flute is one such example: although stamped with a genuine Rudall Carte logo, the serial number is not in the usual place and does not correspond to the flute in the Rudall Carte records.
The mechanism is in German (nickel) silver and of French styling and, we believe, manufacture. The flute is as well-made as any other Rudall Carte, just not in the usual fashion. It is possible that this flute may have been a special order by a customer and was a joint venture between Rudall Carte (or one of their workers) and a French keywork maker.
This would be an ideal candidate to pair with a modern headjoint such as Bigio or Worrell, which would transform this instrument in to a very playable flute.
This instrument is in good condition for its age. There are some scratches to the body, and some signs of wear to the keywork, but the wood is in good condition with no obvious cracks.
Condition can be highly subjective. This information is to be taken as a guide only. E&OE.
- Sounding length (mm): 597
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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- Original case
- Cleaning rod