PHILIPPE BOLTON

flageolets & recorders


An unsigned "beak" flageolet

This flageolet was probably made in the late eighteenth or early nineteenth century. It bears no maker's stamp

an original flageolet in F

an original flageolet in F

This tomographic picture reveals the inide profile of this instrument, showing up a fairly wide bore giving a strong low register. The tone holes are only slightly undercut.


a tomographic picture of this flageolet



The picture below shows a section view of the beak, with the converging windway with its two chamfers which help to stabilise the airflow where it enters the turbulent zone at the top of the bore. Note the curved windway profile, particularly that of the block, and the low position of the labium. In the present state of the instrument the block is a little too high.

a close up section view of the beak

The minute grooves cut into the wood to reinforce the glueing of the horn beak can also be seen (the small white dots between the horn ring and the wood).



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