Whiteley, 4-key

Instrument: 4-key D flute, boxwood with ivory rings and brass keys

Maker: Whiteley, Utica, NY

Pitch: A=

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Notes: interesting, non-standard turnings and unusual slanted mounting go G#-key. Other makers, including Monzani, used a similar position for this key but it is quite unusual on an American flute. The cap is similar to English “bee-hive” caps used by Potter and others.

Whiteley is particularly interesting as the remains of his shop were discovered in Utica by Eric Selch and others. This included some complete and unused instruments as well as many tools and uncompleted keys, mostly for clarinets.

Demonstration recording 

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