Artley Ogilvie Bass Flute

£2,750.00

Up for sale is a rare Artley Ogilvie Bass Flute. These are very fine bass flutes made for Artley by T.S. Ogilvie over a period of only two years in the late 1960’s. Thomas Sime Ogilvie (1891-1966) was a flute maker who immigrated to the US (Boston) from Scotland in 1911.

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Artley Ogilvie Bass Flute (#0052) – Rare bass flute

 

Up for sale is a rare Artley Ogilvie Bass Flute. These are very fine bass flutes made for Artley by T.S. Ogilvie over a period of only two years in the late 1960’s. Thomas Sime Ogilvie (1891-1966) was a flute maker who immigrated to the US (Boston) from Scotland in 1911. He made his first bass flute in 1951, patented his designed in 1962 and subsequently licensed it to Artley for production. His bass flutes were used in many Hollywood movie scores in the 1950s. There are no trill keys. This model was rumoured to have been made for use in the Henry Mancini Orchestra, there are only a few of these bass flutes left in good condition.

This particular flute has a solid silver headjoint (many were plated) and is marked as such. The body is plated and the head has raised wings on the lip. These models were made without trill keys and do have the option of a crutch to be attached (not included). We have fully cleaned and serviced the flute and the pads did not need replacing. There is an E-Ring inserted, another rarer option and may have been inserted later.

This is one of the nicest sounding bass flutes we have have had and has an easy, rich sound. This is also the first one of these that I have come across in over 20 years and so certainly not a mainstream flute.