What have I bought?

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Tell us something.: I have just picked up an old wooden flute at a online auction, and am interested in knowing what it is that I have bought and how to refurbish and play it. (I play a conventional silver flute.)

What have I bought?

Post by mal wood »

Hi everyone,
I have just bought a wooden flute through the local auction site, but I don't know quite what it is or its age. Can I crowd-source your wisdom? If the flute is any good, I'll refurbish it and have a crack at playing it. (I play a modern silver flute with a wooden head.)
https://photos.app.goo.gl/7mCyChocZVeQxxt38
The image is from the auction site. With a bit of luck, I'll take delivery this week.
Hope you are all staying safe.

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First things first. We need some measurements. Terry McGee has an excellent guide to lengths/pitches.http://www.mcgee-flutes.com/flutelengths.htm
The picture looks promising, but we need measurements.

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Post by mal wood »

Many thanks Bob. That's really useful -- and not something I would have found. I'll post again when the thing arrives.
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Looks to be an unstamped German "nach Meyer" eight key simple system flute. Not especially sought after for playing Irish traditional music though

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Yup, nach Meyer style German flute, made any time between c1870-1940. See also "Meyer and "Nach Meyer" flutes" http://www.oldflutes.com/articles/meyer.htm
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Post by mal wood »

I guess that was to be expected – it's coming from provincial New Zealand, so the date and the back story all fit. I paid about US$200. No Antiques Road Show story unfortunately. Now we'll see how playable it is. Huge thanks to the forum.
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