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PostPosted: Wed Jan 23, 2019 5:54 am 
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Well, it's clearly what we call a "frankenflute" - one compiled from parts of several. Besides the stylistic differences others have noted, to me the R&R upper body has medium-sized tone-holes which look proportionately larger than the small style ones of the Pearson lower body, so I wonder how judicious a match they are for intonation and volume balance. The only way to find out how decently playable it is or isn't is to try it. Its potential value will rather depend on that. If it had been a complete, integral boxwood R&R in full playing condition it would have been worth over £3k, even in today's depressed antique flute market. As it is, I wouldn’t speculate £1.2k on it untried.

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I am to send it down to London for them to look at and take from there. They had all the photos you have seen....same ones.
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An intact (except newer RRC barrel) R&R #1900, maybe for context.
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Now we have established the nature of the flute and it's general condition I think it very hard to value it in line with "Rudall and Rose" values.
A player would need to try the instrument out first of all to establish the quality of sound - tuning, strength, clarity etc. Only then could that player put a value to it.

The OP mentions sending to London, with all due respect who are these authorities? They may not be the best choice depending who they are ! There are possibly others who appear on here who may give you a more realistic opinion.


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Not sure how this flute is labelled. Website is a bit puzzling, but mentions Wylde & Pearson in the same page:
http://www.transversewoodenflutes.com/p ... den-flute/

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kkrell wrote:
Not sure how this flute is labelled. Website is a bit puzzling, but mentions Wylde & Pearson in the same page:
http://www.transversewoodenflutes.com/p ... den-flute/


I can be of help about it, that Pearson (in my possession) is stamped "Pearson". then "Wylde" impressed on the long keys (C and F).
Also I had the chance to have a close comparation with 1840/50 Wylde flute and they result identical in making and tone.


From my own researches I can say that "Pearson" was active (as Dealer of musical instuments) from 1835 already
(and this will be in an essay sooner or later).

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2019 7:38 pm 
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thanks for that photo of my old boxwood Rudall, Kevin.
#1900 was mine for a time, but it never really caught my fancy. In retrospect, I probably should have held onto it just for fun. I forget where I sold it.

That 1980 would have been mildly different. But as the group notes, if it's not an intact Rudall....it's not really a Rudall, no matter how it plays. You'll always feel as if you've got 1/2 a flute.


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