Helwert, 6-key

Instrument: 6-key flute, ebony with ivory rings with silver keys

Maker: Helwert, Friedrich Willhelm - Heidelberg - early 19th Century. His son Jakob David was a very fine flute maker in Stuttgart (1844-1866 in Stuttgart  (if anyone knows of any instruments by this maker, please let me know - I can find only a few beautiful flutes by his son)

Pitch: ?

Sounding Length: 53.9

Total Length: 61cm

Embouchure size:

Restorer: not yet restored

Notes: I have high hopes for this flute. It has the feeling of a late classical flute and does not seem to be at high-pitch. It is beautifully with a fine embouchure. It does have some unusual repairs. A crack at the top of the LH joint was repaired by cutting away some of the wood - not from the length, luckily - and putting a metal sleeve around it. I think this can be repaired by making a similar ring from ebony which should be nearly invisible. It has has a replaced G# key (see last photo). The original key and mount must have been torn off and instead of turning a new mount they used a (later style) surface mount screwed in with 6 screws.

Demonstration recordings:

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