William S. Haynes
||The Haynes artisans were able to extrude toneholes from thinwall tubing down to .014" thickness, but the process was very tricky and the resulting toneholes were easily damaged. Some of these, with pointed keywork, were made for Laurent and his students in the 1920's. But to meet his desired thickness of .012" or less, drawn toneholes were out of the question. Lewis Deveau used soldered tone holes on this series of instruments. The tubing is so flexible that the flutes are quite fragile. The solder joins are prone to damage not just by traumatic misadventure, but also by a repairman unfamiliar with the delicacy of the instrument.|
|But when the flute is well made and
it seems to float in the hands even though it is only about 30g lighter
than a typical Haynes handmade. It articulates almost
and you feel the instrument vibrate almost as if you were holding the
naked, delicate and vibrant between your fingertips. The flute
to flex within your grasp, so you instinctively lighten your touch --
to preserve the flute so much as to let the sound slip through
This flute was delivered to Laurent in
he passed it on to his student (a faculty member at State University of
New York-Buffalo). The body thickness is close to .011" and the
joint measures just .010" at the tenon.
Thanks to Jim Calabrese, Alan Weiss, Phillip Kaplan, John Levine and Marjorie Bollinger for helping me learn more about the historical development of this flute!
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