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Martin Freres Flute

#1
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.
 

kymarto

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#2
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.
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?
 
#5
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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#6
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.
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.

Toby
 

pete

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#10
They were definitely around longer than 1900. Manufacturing instruments, I don't know, but they stenciled a bunch of saxophones.
 

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#11
Early Martin Freres 8-key flutes were very decent. But AFAIK they never made high-quality Boehm instruments.
 
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