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PostPosted: Tue Mar 13, 2018 1:44 pm 
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Hi all!

I have for sale a nice fully restored and ready to play old flute stamped “TH. POPPE // DRESDEN”, made in Germany in late 19th century.

It has the typical nach Meyer look but with better performance, as you would expect from a well-known flute brand.

The intonation is conveniently spot on at the modern standard pitch of A=440hz, which makes it good for Irish traditional music sessions and other types of music.

The medium/small holes makes it easier to handle for people with smaller hands and give an “agile” sweet woody sound which is particularly nice on the mid/high notes. Can be "pushed" a bit too for more volume which is nice.

It has 10 keys in nickel silver, the main ones all work very well, while the low foot notes (C#, C, B) are harder (for me at least) to sound properly, as is typical with this design.

It´s made of African blackwood (dalbergia melanoxylon), which is a great hard and stable wood that wasn´t as common in the old days but that become the most used today for woodwind instruments. Small sapwood inclusions make a nice change of color on some parts of the flute surface, while having no effect on the sound. The usual crack on the barrel is restored and almost invisible.

Humidity and time made the embouchure hole swollen and rounded, which dulled the sound. I decided to rework it slightly to restore what was likely the original shape, which resulted in greatly improved tone and performance.

The case doesn´t have a key to lock it so it doesn´t close properly.

The price is 700 euro which includes shipping.

Here´s a VIDEO:

More pictures on my website:


Antique 6 key French flute for sale: viewtopic.php?f=2&t=102436

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