Description: Flute - Vintage silver flute by W S Haynes
THIS is a solid silver flute with open hole cups, closed G sharp, and an offset G conformation. The instrument is numbered 12290 and was produced by the W S HAYNES Co during the year 1933. Jorge of Haynes has very kindly furnished the information that the flute started life as a closed hole (plateau) model and was subsequently converted to open hole by WHS himself. It has to be said that this work was impeccably done and that the instrument itself is virtually like a brand new instrument, as I hope the photos help to show. This may be the only existing Haynes to have been converted in this way, I am not sure . What can confidently be said is that it this rare flute shows very fine craftsmanship.
Since being completely overhauled to the highest standard and fitted with premium pads and gold springs, the instrument has been played for perhaps 20 hours and the pads are still finding their imprint. The sounding length is 60 cm and total length is 67 cm. With the headjoint in the flutes plays accurately at 440 throughout its compass and is well in tune with itself.. The embouchure hole is 12.5cm by 10 cm and responds with character and certainty, especially on the difficult third and fourth octave notes, and on the bottom notes which are dark and silky. This flute is I think a medium wall instrument and it plays very easily and with a comfortable amount of resistance.