Baroque flute Assisi A392

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  Designed after an original belonging to the Cathedral's musical chapel in Assisi, this is probably a transitional instrument. It has a renaissance type mouth-hole, small and with the major axis oriented crosswise the flute body, as it is the rule with earlier keyless flutes. The body is conical, in three joints, heavily decorated with baroque turning, with no reinforcing rings. It is most probably one of the earlier survivors of the transition between renaissance and baroque flute, at least on Italian soil. Pitch of the original is A392. The body is in european boxwood, acid stained to brown, with a sterling silver key. I prefer to redesign this flute with reinforcing rings in imitation ivory, and a detachable sleeve for the headjoint socket. In this version, the flute gains in strength without losing any of its characteristic sound.