This flute was a special order that was requested by a customer in Europe. It was made by Powell around 2000. Because of the extended range, there were two left hand pinky keys next to each other -- one for Bb and one for A. Oddly enough, the flute did not have a foot joint. It was a one-piece body with soldered tone holes. Seems simple enough to overhaul, right? Well, not exactly... Rachel told us that because of the extended range, there are extra mechanisms and extra adjustments to be made. In fact, what would be considered the "foot joint" on this particular flute would be "twice as much work" as a regular B foot because of two extra tone holes (for Bb and A) and two extra bridge mechanisms. The one piece body does seem convenient, but it is actually more challenging to overhaul a flute that does not "come apart" like a traditional two-piece flute. With the one piece body, the mechanisms for the Bb and A have extremely long rods as well, which are prone to falling out of adjustment.
However, Rachel was up for the challenge, and she was thrilled to finally see an A flute cross her workbench. We know that it will come out of the shop in tip-top shape, and perhaps we will be able to have the owner send us some sound clips when it's back in his hands...
|Left hand pinky keys for Bb and A|
|The "foot joint" with two extra tone holes.|
|Rachel fingering a low A.|
|Extra mechanisms for the low Bb and A.|
|The A in its case.|