The flute has not been "re-tuned". Embouchure measures 9.9 X 11.8 mm. The flute is part of a small collection of French instruments that I've acquired over the years, which means I may offer to sell a few more in the upcoming months. But please note: This instrument wears all original parts and has not been cut shorter or re-tuned.
Regretfully it is not for sale to any person who might have plans to alter it in any way. I have a wonderful English wife, I own two vintage British roadsters and I've visited the UK more than one hundred times. But I will not sell this flute to a resident of England where the ruination of fine vintage instruments seems to be acceptable. Always glad to hear from flute.
In January of 2022 our small workshop in Wichita celebrated sixty-nine years in business. Over the decades, we've repaired and restored more than two hundred vintage French flutes from Louis Lot, Bonneville, Claude Rive and Buffet-Crampon plus hundreds of professional-quality flutes from Haynes and Powell. Today we have ten employees including five of the finest repair technicians in the country.We are not amateurs, nor are we a "back bedroom" operation. We would be pleased to furnish you with references attesting to the above. BEFORE WE SEND ANYTHING TO YOU.
The instrument is carefully inspected by us to make certain it's spotlessly clean. We disinfect the exterior of the instrument, spray the exterior of the case as well.We do not send anything to you without it's being checked and then checked again. A FEW WORDS ABOUT OUR SENDING "ON APPROVAL". With recorders, clarinets, flutes, and oboes, we remove all the keywork, then give the bodies a quick bath. Soap and water, but not long enough to harm the finish.
Keys are lightly sprayed with a disinfectant and pads are lightly swabbed with the same. Then, back in the case after a spray to the exterior and carrying handles of the case. Not sure what the other shops are doing about this issue (I've asked and have had no replies), but we think our clean-up work is exactly what's required to keep everybody safe. Wichita Band Instrument Company is a small musical instrument emporium located in the center of the USA. We've been in business since 1953 and have had the same owner since 1963.
Originally we were a repair shop that specialized in woodwind and sax restoration. Virtually ALL the items we sell have been fully reconditioned in our own shop, although we do sell a few unrestored historical instruments each year. It's in addition to any factory guarantees. For two full years, we will repair or replace, whichever in our estimation is the more advisable, pads, corks, springs or other parts required, at no charge to the customer.
Wichita Band Instrument Company maintains a repair department capable of restoration work of the highest quality. Even though repairs are essentially "free" for the first two years, after that period has expired, we remain at your service to maintain and repair your musical equipment forever. It's our "service after the sale" promise and has been since 1953!We're happy to respond to any and all questions about flutes and other musical instruments, but please don't write and ask What's granny's mellophone worth? In January of 2022, our small workshop in Wichita celebrated sixty-nine years in business. We are not in the 1952 Wichita telephone directory, but we ARE in the 1953. Over the decades, we've repaired and restored hundreds of woodwind instruments, specializing in woodwinds from the early twentieth century and before. WICHITA BAND INSTRUMENT COMPANY / WICHITA, KANSAS / USA.