Buffet Crampon
A = 440 Hz Pitch

19th Century Classical Wooden Rosewood Flute

French Pointed Key Arms in nickel silver

Handmade in France

Very high grade Overhaul
Leather pads
Logos in tact on all pieces
Restored by expert wooden instrument guru Jerry Schurr

Key of C ... Lowest note is D; often called in the "key of D"

Diatonic scale is D starting from the lowest note , i.e. D E F# G A B C# D there is no need to transpose when reading from the staff !

4 pieces
Note the head joint. Added ring to prevent the head joint from ever cracking

Once upon a time, long before our current Boehm flute was invented and adopted, this was the flute style flutist played Bach, Beethoven and other Classical Flute Musical Pieces.

The vintage wooden flutes used by flutist varied in size, weight, number of keys, number of holes, pitch and key. As you can guess, the flute was a very difficult instrument, requiring a fanastic ear to hit notes in pitch, fast air stream to work the wood hitting both high and low notes.

Flutists played each other's flutes to determine if or when to order a different style, as there were so many styles country to country, flute house to flute house. There were no Flute Conventions with Flute Dealers to order many flutes for trial, near every flute had a different fingering system, pitch was not established until 1930 so you can imagine trying to blend. You may view some photos and information on the 19th Century Classical flute, and various designs at this wonderful link:

Many flutists have at least one 19th Century Classical flute in their collection. They are used to show and educate students of flute history, play in small groups, play in historic settings (Williamsburg, VA), and re enactments.

Many phenominal flutists play Cuban and other styles of music using this style flute, wrapping string around the holes to produce different scales. Those made by the French Flute Houses seem most coveted, fewer keys, smaller and lighter, less bulky.

This flute feels so FINE in my hands. It is very well made, beautiful, and quite a well crafted piece.

Buffet Crampon today is not considered to be a fine flute maker today, it was an excellent flute maker during its time.

This flute was surely quite a sum during the day. Today we know Buffet Crampon mostly as a maker of very fine wooden clarinets however, they did evolve throughout the years.


Made by Buffet Crampon & Cie
The LOGOS shown in the photos are very nicely engraved, clear and visible, the Buffet Crown that is used today.

The flute is very nice and light in the hands, easy to reach the holes and keys unlike many of the other Classical Wooden Flutes which are bulky with far set apart keys, heavy dense wood, and just too many keys given what little benefit they added

The Rosewood has no cracks, it is a lighter wood that does not feel bulky.

The embouchure hold is nice and sharp, in the French oval style.

Comes in handmade Roll (no charge)

Our Flute restoration technician is one of the best.
He fully overhauled and restored this flute to its original glory. The reason his work is so fine, and the flutes he restores so beautiful, is that he does not really count his "hours in" versus "price charged". This is the work of a true artist, thus why you would prefer to purchase this flute vs. any other. It was done by a perfectionist.
We rather enjoy our special finds at Winds101 and the history of the flute. This flute in our opinion, was a fine flute to begin with and thus worthy of such a long detailed perfect overhaul from top to bottom. If it were not, we would not be interested.
The flutist or collector that buys this piece will be very happy. It is not only a work of art, piece of history, this flute also plays lovely high to low.

Most flutists have at least one 19th Century Classical Flute in their collection. We often hand to our students, and ask them to play Bach, Telemmann and other pieces by Classical Composers so to appreciate their modern Boehm design flute.

A flutist should learn the "old way" to appreciate their modern Boehm design, invented in 1847 by Boehm & Mendler but not really adopted by flutists until much later. Flutists played the Classical Flute, even when flutes such as our exceptionally fine Rudall Carte circa 1880 in the Boehm design was available (please view our listing of our Rudall Carte).

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