A. Rampone & B. Cazzani & Co.
The Rampone family flourished as instrument
in Milano from the 1850's and, in 1879, became the first Italian maker
of Boehm flutes. In 1912 Egidio Rampone went into partnership with
Cazzani, soon marrying his daughter. Following Cazzani's death in
1920, the firms merged into "Ditte riunite A. Rampone e. B. Cazzani e .
C." (New Langwill
Index by William Waterhouse, publ. Tony
Serial # 1462; Milan; 1930(?) Model 570(?);
body & mechanism, soldered; sl 643mm; 555g; .012"h .0135"b
owner was a sax player who found the flute in an antique store and had
it repaired to double on. Too few gigs called for flute, so he
it. With a little adjustment and repair of a leaking solder join, the
plays quite nicely, albeit it is a bit of a challenge to bring it up to
modern concert pitch. The very circular embouchure makes for a
upper range but requires technique to bring out the bottom end.