Olwell 6 key cocus wood flute on E-bay

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Olwell 6 key cocus wood flute on E-bay

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There is an Olwell 6 key cocus wood flute with sterling silver keys, rings, and head joint lining on E-bay now. Nicholson model. Looks very nice, bid at will for the next 9 days.
eBay item number:11484559703:
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Gorgeous! Aaron says he´s been playing this one for a year, and both tweaking the embouchure and refining the bore. I note the tenon joints have metal caps, but can´t tell if the joint sockets have metal cups.

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You better make sure you're not allergic to cocuswood before placing a bid :boggle: :lol:
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gwuilleann wrote: Fri Jun 11, 2021 5:10 pm You better make sure you're not allergic to cocuswood before placing a bid :boggle: :lol:
Just have Aaron install a lip plate. In for a penny, in for a pound...
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Nanohedron wrote: Fri Jun 11, 2021 5:25 pm
gwuilleann wrote: Fri Jun 11, 2021 5:10 pm You better make sure you're not allergic to cocuswood before placing a bid :boggle: :lol:
Just have Aaron install a lip plate. In for a penny, in for a pound...
Sure, but if you don't live in the US it's not that simple :wink: Even if you only ship back the headjoint, dealing with export/re-import to avoid having to pay custom duties twice can be a real pain, and I talk from first-hand experience. :(
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gwuilleann wrote: Fri Jun 11, 2021 5:36 pm
Nanohedron wrote: Fri Jun 11, 2021 5:25 pm
gwuilleann wrote: Fri Jun 11, 2021 5:10 pm You better make sure you're not allergic to cocuswood before placing a bid :boggle: :lol:
Just have Aaron install a lip plate. In for a penny, in for a pound...
Sure, but if you don't live in the US it's not that simple :wink: Even if you only ship back the headjoint, dealing with export/re-import to avoid having to pay custom duties twice can be a real pain, and I talk from first-hand experience. :(
Let's say you make the winning bid. Isn't there a way to have contact with Olwell et fils to request the modification prior to the thing being sent?
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Nanohedron wrote: Fri Jun 11, 2021 5:49 pmLet's say you make the winning bid. Isn't there a way to have contact with Olwell et fils to request the modification prior to the thing being sent?
Hence my initial comment :-) If you know you're allergic to cocus, I'd expect the Olwell's would be happy to add a lip plate for you, but it would be wise to make sure of that before you get the flute.

I wasn't trying to discourage anyone from bidding, it's just that I got an antique flute from the US last year and discovered on that occasion that I was allergic to cocus, so I can't imagine what my reaction would have been if it had been a flute worth $7-8k.

Anyway, I'll sit this one out and watch... :D
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gwuilleann wrote: Fri Jun 11, 2021 7:59 pm If you know you're allergic to cocus, I'd expect the Olwell's would be happy to add a lip plate for you, but it would be wise to make sure of that before you get the flute.
Understood. But making sure is hard to do when you don't have any priors; very often sensitization is a matter of exposure over time, as in my case. If I bought this flute decades ago (there's a space-time thought experiment for those of you brave enough to twist your minds around) I wouldn't have any issues until about ten years had passed. What I'm suggesting is a preemptive measure just in case. Besides, a lip plate looks snappy - kind of like a bow tie on a tux.
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19 bids. Sold for £6886.86 + £162,92 postage. (81,732 Swedish crowns) (€8008) ($9502)
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Steampacket wrote: Mon Jun 21, 2021 3:14 am 19 bids. Sold for £6886.86 + £162,92 postage. (81,732 Swedish crowns) (€8008) ($9502)
I've been out of the loop for too long, but is it what these birthday Olwell's usually go for? :-? This one only has 6 keys :shock:
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"I've been out of the loop for too long, but is it what these birthday Olwell's usually go for? :-? This one only has 6 keys " gwuilleann.

Some previous Olwell "birthday flutes":

2013: A six key cocus wood flute, a Nicholson model, went for $9200.

2014: 00#1221 - A six key blackwood & silver Pratten Olwell sold for $9353.10 on the 18th of June, 2014. The bidding went from $6309 to $9353.10 on the last day, the 18th June, 2014

2015: OO#1268 - A six key cocus wood Olwell (Nicholson model) sold for $11100 on the 17th of July 2015. The bidding went from $6200 to $11,100 on the last day, the 17th of June, 2015.

2016: OO#1300 Pratte - A six key cocus wood Olwell (Nicholson model) sold for $7457 on the 17th of July 2016. The bidding went from $6557 to $7457 on the last day, the 17th of June, 2016.

2017: A six key cocus wood Olwell (Pratten model) sold for $8500 on the 18th of June, 2017. The bidding went from $6425 to $8500 on the last day, the 18th of June, 2017

2018: A six key cocus wood flute sold for a good price $7855= £6000 = €6790. The last four minutes saw the bidding go from $6000 to $7855.

2019: A birthday flute, cocus wood, with two middle sections, went for for $8,850.00 wrote Jim Stone.

2020: An eight key, coccus wood flute with a Boehm foot, went for $13,600.
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Thanks Steampacket, much appreciated :) Based on that it appears that the average price for a 6-key Olwell Birthday flute is $8,977. Wow! Those who "only" paid $7500 got a bargain of some sort...

Edit: Added "Birthday", since apparently it wasn't clear from the context.
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gwuilleann wrote: Mon Jun 21, 2021 5:12 pm Thanks Steampacket, much appreciated :) Based on that it appears that the average price for a 6-key Olwell flute is $8,977. Wow! Those who "only" paid $7500 got a bargain of some sort...
No, the prices mentioned were for the once a year special edition “Birthday” flutes, not the standard order 6 key Olwell flutes. The Birthday flutes are often made of more expensive cocus, and always have additional features of various sorts (changes from year to year) not found on a “standard” Olwell 6 key.
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Yeah, and you don't have to wait 6 years to get it.
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