Instrument: Schwedler flute, post 1907

Maker:no makers mark


Sounding Length:

Total Length:

Embouchure size

Restorer: playable - not yet restored

Notes: This is a variation on the 1895 model which introduced the metal head, a C# mechanism. Post 1907 because of the bakelite rollers. (Thanks to Rick Wilson for the model clarification)

Schwedler flutes were extremely important in Germany in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. They were professional, very advanced simple system flutes, which competed very well with the Boehm flute. They feature many interesting mechanical constructions. Schwedler was one of Germany’s most important flutists, in 1881 becoming principal flute. of the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra. The first models of his flute were produced by Kruse in 1885. Brahms like the sound of the Schwedler flute. The Reinecke flute concerto was premiered by Schwedler, of course, playing on a Schwedler flute.

Demonstration recordings:

Schwedler 6
Schwedler 1
Schwedler 2
Schwedler 3
Schwedler 4
Schwedler 5


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