he development of the wooden flute reached its peak in the latter half of the eighteenth century.
A group of London flute makers had apparently developed a flute with four
keys. Other pairs of keys were subsequently added, bringing the total to
Classical Flute in C
In the manner of Richard Potter
Granadilla wood, moulded polyester resin, brass
65.8 cm (or 66.8 cm with interchangeable joint)
Die-stamped marking: "Jean-Luc Boudreau Montreal 610690"
Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert wrote music for this type of flute, which
was usually made of wood, but occasionally of ivory, and was equipped with
up to eight keys. It was not until the mid-nineteenth century that the metal
flute appeared, thanks to the German flute maker Theobald Boehm (1794-1881).
The flute shown here is based on a model by Richard Potter (1726-1806), an
English flute maker who significantly improved the construction of the
instrument. This flute in C with six keys (C#, D, D#, F, G# and Bb) has an
interchangeable middle joint so that the instrument can be tuned to A=430
and A=440. It is made of granadilla wood and has polyester resin mounts.
The keys are made of brass.