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RC | 15th Mar 2006, 9:28 PM | 一般 | (916 Reads)

Thank you David for your kind and thoughtful letter. I too appreciate your views on this matter.Things were certainly different in London in the 60's and 70,s- when some readers' mother's milk was scarce dry on their lips!During this period, I measured around 20 early Lot heads (amongst others) from various sources by using an internal spring loaded pair of prongs and a micrometer, and taking 4 cross measurements (later dividing by 4 to get the average) at 25 points along the 150mm length of the head taper. Each head had undergone more than 100 years of denting, sitting on, and general wear, and so the measurements were a little different from each other ...though there was one consistent feature: each head had two small 'bulges' in the taper. It was conjectured by my colleagues that, perhaps Lot had pushed up a ball on the end of a stick (two different diameter balls) up each head, Why? I don't know.I tried to reproduce these 'bulges' (almost undetectable by feeling with the hands or looking up the bore) on a mandrel, but the heads were just the same as other 'normal' headsAge hardening was also looked into as a source of the Lot 'magic' but more recent attempts have shown that this is also a dead end.Later..much later, I have been amused to see 'new patents' appearing at NFA Conventions, such as the verticle headjoint, amusing gadgets which are, as we all know, old inventions.But let people go on reinventing history. Only by trying can we found out new things.
I will add to the article on flute tuning and alteration on my homepage from time to time as memories come back. Cooper and all my London friends have always been willing to share what little we know. No one here ever tried to 'copyright' information. We are, after all, not the owners of this information - or even of flutes - but only the temporary keepers for our short sojourn here...I will also write about Taffanel's No 600 Lot which I have played on for some time.
Someone wrote privately to me that we in London were experimenting with flute scales long before folks in the US were even aware there were scale problems on old and new flutes.Well, we are five hours ahead!

Trevor Wyewww.trevor-wye.com