#2554 (1965), hand-made, soldered tone-holes best model pre Wasser flute. We have two vintage Powells now ready to sell, both "second generation", both with similar specs. And I'm not certain which of the two I prefer.
This one was created with the standard. 014 inch silver tube, which means it has a bit less resistance than the other I've posted. This wonderful flute weighs a mere 426 grams, arguably "more accessible" than a heavy-wall Powell. If you're an amateur adult who likes to play with small ensembles and enjoys tooting Bach on week-ends, it's perfect.If you're playing in a pro orchestra that tunes to 442 or higher, this one's definitely not for you. The one Verne used on flutes he built. Not "modern Powell", not "Cooper scale", not "short scale" or anything else. The low D is a shade low, so you've got to push to make it play with modern intonation. The solid silver tube measures. 014 inches (body and head). The flute was constructed with in-line G, and soldered tone-holes. With head section in solid silver with silver lip and riser. A : 440, traditional Powell scale. Ed Almeida, Ed Machon, Richard Jerome and Elmer Waterhouse. The four partners retained ownership until 1982, when the company was acquired by Rob Viola and James Phelan. The so-called commercial model featured flat pad-cups and extruded tone-holes. The fully hand-made models were built on the traditional French means of construction, with tone-holes soldered to the silver tube, with pointed pad cups and extended key-arms. Our instrument is one of the fully hand-made vintage Powell with French (open). The original leather-covered case is very good and the flute plays very well, at 440 pitch. In 1965, Powell built only 114 flutes, half of them commercials and half hand-made. That means this particular instrument is rare and of the absolute highest quality. In 1965, before Muramatsu, Sankyo and the others were producing pro-quality instruments, virtually ALL the worlds professional and concert artists performed on either a Powell or a Haynes hand-made. Which means that some players / collectors are now referring to Lot workshop owners as "first generation", "second generation", "third generation" and so on. It's our opinion that this nomenclature makes sense. Flutes made by Verne Powell himself are superb, equal to (or better than) the best of the "old French". Today's Powell flutes are of all prices and quality, from basic student models to the finest in modern production. But Powell is now owned by a French conglomerate that includes workshops that produce clarinets, saxophones, tubas and the rest. Which also means, in our opinion, that we prefer to refer to flutes made when Verne owned the company as "first generation Powell"; Flutes from the four master-craftsmen who bought the shop, we've named "second generation". Not sure what the call instruments from the Wasser years.... "Second generation" Powells exhibit the superb workmanship and acoustical properties that we find in the early instruments from Verne himself. These rare flutes, especially the hand-made models, exhibit workmanship that you normally find only on expensive pieces of jewelry. New Powells, from the Big Conglomerate are fine flutes, but just not the same. Or at least that's our opinion. Is ours better than a new flute from Powell? Do I recommend this one? Pick it up and it sings wonderfully from the first toot!
Always glad to hear from flute people! In January of 2019 our small workshop in Wichita celebrated sixty-six years in business. We are not in the 1952 Wichita telephone directory, but we ARE in the 1953.
Over the decades, weve 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. We are not amateurs, nor are we a back bedroom operation. We would be pleased to furnish you with references attesting to the above. Wichita Band Instrument Company is a small musical instrument emporium located in the center of the USA.Weve 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. Today we have 16 employees including six of the finest repair technicians in the country. 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. With a used flute from OUR shop, you know its in the finest condition when it arrives at your home! Heres what we do to all used flutes we sell.
The instrument is taken apart and everything washed clean. Dings are next burnished from body, head and foot.After the body-shop works been completed, we swedge hinge-tubes tight again and re-fit them to the flute body. Finally, pads and corks are replaced and the instrument play-tested.
Pre 1950 French flutes often require more than twice the restoration time that we need for a modern Haynes or Powell. We use thin double-skin pads of the highest quality and shim each pad in the manner of the best Boston makers. We dont float flute pads with shellac, as did the original Paris workshops.
Its 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.
Its our service after the sale promise and has been since 1953! Anything we sell can be sent to you for a short approval period without obligation. Were happy to respond to any and all questions about flutes and other musical instruments, but please dont write and ask Whats grannys mellophone worth? The item "VINTAGE POWELL HAND-MADE FLUTE, ALL SILVER, ALL NEW PADS, SOLDERED T-HOLES" is in sale since Tuesday, May 28, 2019. This item is in the category "Musical Instruments & Gear\Wind & Woodwind\Band & Orchestral\Flutes".The seller is "wichitaband" and is located in Wichita, Kansas. This item can be shipped worldwide.