Martin Freres Flute

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  1. fox

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    Anyone ever heard of Martin Freres? I did some research and only found that it was around 1800 and 1900, but can't find any other useful information.
     
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    kymarto Content Expert/Moderator Staff Member CE/Moderator

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    Martin Freres made a decent but not spectacular line of student clarinets about 30 years ago. I had one. I imagine that their flutes are the same. Any particulars you can give? Any pix?
     
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    I was looking for a project flute to practice oiling and repairs on and found this one on Craigs list:

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    I am planning on going this weekend and seeing it. It looks like it doesn't need that much work, but I'm having second thoughts about it.
     
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    If I am correct and there is a collar ring on the headjoint it would indicate a flute made before 1930 or so. That is not necessarily bad. I saw a MF flute in good condition on eBay for around $90 (apparently playable). To be brutally honest, I wouldn't pay more than about $50 (if that) for the one in the picture.

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    Ah ok. Well, I was kinda on the fence. I guess I won't bother with it then. Thanks for the advice!
     
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    I had thought Martin Freres was the late 1800s and early 1900s myself. They made clarinets alot - I never looked for anything else - flute, sax, etc.
     
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    pete Brassica Oleracea Staff Member Administrator

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    They were definitely around longer than 1900. Manufacturing instruments, I don't know, but they stenciled a bunch of saxophones.
     
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    Early Martin Freres 8-key flutes were very decent. But AFAIK they never made high-quality Boehm instruments.
     

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