Hans Reiner #858 box engravingEbonite reform embouchure

Hans Reiner
Serial # 858; Schöneck im Vogtland; c. 1967; silver plate (over silver?), soldered; bakelite reform embouchure; acrylic palm crutch; sl 595mm; 481g; .016"h .015"b

Schöneck is a village near Markneukirchen southwest of Dresden in the heart of east Germany's historic instrument making region.  Hans Reiner learned flute making from his father Anton, who worked in the Philip Hammig shop. Hans completed his apprenticeship and worked with excellent craftsmen at the Gebr. Mönnig and Phillip Hammig firms.  He became a master flutemaker in 1936 and set up his own shop.  (New Langwill Index by William Waterhouse, publ. Tony Bingham, London)

Acrylic palm crutch and upper G-A trill vent

Together with East Berlin flutist Otto Rühlemann, Reiner developed a high F# mechanism and a light "ballastfreie" flute without straps or ferrules. Although the flute pictured here is not an exceptionally light flute, the ergonomic features of knuckle rest, palm crutch and bakelite reform lip make this flute a joy to hold, almost automatically positioning itself for performance.

Split-e, R2 G-A trill touch
Although a dream come true for a sax player who doubles, this instrument was designed for the serious flutist. Features visible in image on left include split-E and additional R2 touch for G-A trill.  Photos above and below show two additional tone holes (above and below thumb mechanism) required for G-A trill.
Lower G-A trill vent, back connector
R4 rollersAdd the bakelite rollers on the edge of the footjoint's D# and C# touches and you have the Vogtland version of a flutist's flute.

Oral history has it this instrument was played by a flutist in a Berlin symphony.

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Thanks to Klaus Dapper for background on Hans Reiner, and to Peter Spohr for assistance in dating the flute.
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