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Louis Leon Joseph LeBret Flute

Paris, France

This is a fine flute by L. LeBret, a revered famous French Flute Maker who worked and studied his craft under Louis Lot. Considered to be among the famous flute makers Lot, Bonneville, Godfroy, and Rive

This LEBRET is GORGEOUS and Features

Soldered Tone Holes / Open Holes / Inline G / C foot joint / signature Lebret keywork / Original Case no key

Louis Léon Joseph Lebret (b.1862) is considered to be among the most famous French Flute Makers or Boehm style flutes of the 19th Century.

Lebret spent a decade employed by the Louis Lot firm learning the flute making craft. In 1888 he set up an independent shop in Paris and devoted a long career specializing in metal Boehm flutes until turning over the firm to René Celles in 1928, who was then succeeded by Robert Malerne in 1932.

Peter Spohr puts it quite succinctly, "Lebret belongs together with Lot, for whom he had worked previously, Godfroy, Bonneville and Rive to the famous French makers of Boehm flutes in the 19th century."


As a make of fine flutes, Lebret developed specific traits to distinguish his flutes from other Houses of Fine Flutes. They are produce a very warm beautiful and sweet tone and are quite distinctive in the style of their key work.

1. Protruded pointed key arms, considered to be the "raised nipple" pad cup design
2. Mechanism attached by a longish ball and pillar key arm
3. The tiny F# adjustment lug is similarly sculpted
4. The spherical post heads are exaggerated as well, as is the odd bass of the thumb key mechanism
5. The ball motive is emphasized with club shaped kickers (oddly reminiscent of all and claw furniture feet)
6. The outer edge of the soldered tone holes facings are convex, giving a more rounded impression than the more common angled beveled or concave chamfering
7. Very ornate head crown
8. Unique stylish case to accompany the instrument with key hole
9. Signature style hallmarking on barrel
10. Serial Numbers

MATERIALS of this Flute:
The head joint MAY BE solid silver but please assume it is silver plated when evaluating this flute for purchase

The flute keys and mechanisms are silver plated

I do not see any seaming

L.L. / LEBRET / Paris / (number) / DEPOSE'

1900: rue Parmentier 8.
Paris, France

Participated in Flute Exhibition Paris 1897

Flute has been sitting for years and years. All parts are original. Keys move up and down freely. The flute does play a few notes, and sounds really nice on a few notes. Will need all new pads / corks / felts / oil / head cork / adjustments should its new owner wish it to play to its full potential

The tubes are straight (no bends). I do not see any evidence of past repair (solder)

NOTE: The pins are in visible. Many times, in repair a not so great repair person will just buff off the pins ! This flute appears in excellent physical condition

Case is original sans key and is in excellent overall structural condition especially given its age

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