A solid silver flutes made during the Paul Goumas ownership of the Buffet firm (1855 – 1885).
*** A solid silver Buffet-Crampon flute, serial number 1275 (1865 – 1875). ***
French hallmarks and maker’s mark are found on each key, the head, body and foot.
Soldered tone-holes, French (open) keywork to low C, offset plateau G.
We measure the silver tube as .013 inches (.33 mm.)
Bb trill ; First finger RH touch for the G key.
Embouchure measures 10.3 X 12.1 mm.
Sounding length is 599 mm, the head appears to have been shortened four mm.
Case is solid, French from the 1920’s or 1930’s,
Total weight is 438 grams.
Goumas / Buffet-Crampon solid silver flutes are a bit rare and we’re pleased to have two currently in the vault. Playing characteristics and tone-color are similar to Louis Lot silver instruments of the late 19th century. We recommend them to discerning clients who seek “Old French” for a best-buy price.
For those considering “Old French”, this flute should satisfy all expectations. If performs well at 440 pitch with a tone-color that’s as smooth as silk.