Wm. S. HAYNES (BOSTON)
A solid sterling-silver flute made during the ownership of the firm by the Haynes family.
The majority of flutes from the Haynes workshop were constructed of the so-called “coin silver”: solid silver, but .900 alloy.
A few instruments from the late thirties and early forties were built of sterling silver : solid silver, .925 alloy.
Serial number is 16,736 (1941), showing “sterling” stamps on each joint and on several keys.
Soldered tone-holes, plateau keywork to low C, offset plateau G.
We measure the silver tube as .016 inches (.42 mm.)
Embouchure measures 10.1 X 12.0 mm.
Sounding length is 599 mm, the head has not been shortened.
Original pad retainers. Pads and corks are new.
Case is solid, appears to be the original.
Total weight is 436 grams.
The instrument offers a superb dark and full tone-color, with a magnificent low register. The plateau keywork is comfortable to the fingers and the “feel” of the mechanism is firm. In our opinion, this one’s a 9.9 on a scale of ten.