Solid 900 silver flute – Luigi VANOTTI
This Luigi VANOTTI flute, including its mechanism, is made of solid 900 silver – evidenced by its hallmarks. It was made around 1910.
Luigi Vanotti worked for the company Rampone & Cazzani before setting up his own business in 1909 in Milan, at Via Solferino 46. He specialised in making Boehm flutes, but also constructed several non-standard experimental models. He was clearly an innovator.
The lip-plate is beautifully engraved with floral ornaments. This flute comes with some very special characteristics. It has a high-G/A trill, which is even stamped with L. VANOTTI/MILANO/BREVETTATO and can be used with the right index finger. The G-sharp key has a separate lever for the right index finger.
The most spectacular feature is a second lever, near the G-sharp key, that goes down to the foot joint. It is employed by the little finger of the left hand to either open the D-sharp key or, if the foot joint is adjusted slightly in a different way, close the C-sharp and B key.
This fine sounding flute plays at a=440 Hz, or perhaps a touch sharper. It was supplied in its super long, original case, complete with cleaning rod.