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Rudall Carte Upright Bass Flute in C


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Our Description

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so either you are immediately smitten with the sculptural form of this instrument or you may think the maker had partaken of a few too many the night before.

This flute was made in 1933 by Mr Charlton and sold in 1934 to an F J Whitehead of Bude, Cornwall.

Once the flute is balanced in the hands it is very comfortable to play.  We think this particular flute was a special order as we have never seen another like it. The instrument is designed to be played at a jaunty angle just off vertical and has a special right hand thumb hook and knee rest arrangement for when playing in a sitting position and a ring  for a neck strap when standing. Once you have acclimatised the flute is comfortable with play, It has quite a good scale for its day and a reasonable three octave range.  

There are various signs of wear of course but metal work wise the flute is in pretty good condition. We do not think the instrument has been played for the past 15/20 years. However, with an overhaul, strip down clean and oil this promises to be a very interesting and individual flute.

The case is functional but heavily worn.

The flute currently has a pickup in the headjoint crown assembly which according to the owner was working the last time he used the flute but by the look of it will need some retiring and attention. The original crown is present and in the case.

General Condition

This instrument is in very good condition for its age. The silver plating is tarnished, and there are two very small minor dents in the headjoint. These are purley aesthetic, and the instrument plays well, though it could benefit from a complete overhaul.

This item is sold “as seen”. It has not been checked in our workshop prior to sale, and this is reflected in the selling price.


Item Details

Item number: C124005 (Please quote this Item Number if you contact us about this item)
Serial number: 764***
Manufacturer: Rudall Carte
Category: Pre-Owned Alto, Bass and Harmony Flutes

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