Rudall Carte Solid Silver Flute – Open Holes, inline G and B-Foot (440Hz)
The British company Rudall Carte was among the most famous and well-regarded names in the music industry of the 19th and 20th centuries. Founded as Rudall & Rose in 1822, Richard Carte joined the firm around 1850, and the company of Rudall, Rose, Carte & Co then became Rudall Carte and Company in 1874.
Up until its acquisition by Boosey & Hawkes in 1955, Rudall Carte were producing high-quality flutes in a range of materials – cocus wood, silver, ebonite and gold. In addition, many famous names in flute history honed their trade at Rudall Carte, including Albert Cooper, Ewen McDougall and Harry Seeley (the last two of whom, along with five other Carte workers, went on to set up Flutemakers Guild).
This particular flute will be from the later years of Rudall Carte and tuned to 440hz. It has been completely stripped and restored, freeing up the mechanism again, cleaning and re-oiling the internal rods, cleaning out previously glued pads, re-shimming and replacing pads with Lucien Deluxe pads, the silver dipped and buffed to take out any scratches and then the flute reassembled and adjusted.