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Keyed Flutes

Keyed flutes, which began to appear in the middle of the 18th century, make possible a more robust and even tone in the low register, as well as in keys with many sharps and flats in their signatures. We recommend the Tromlitz flute the most highly: designed by an excellent flutists, it comes with two books of detailed instruction tailor-made for it. For more details, click on a model.

    A. Grenser

  • AUGUST GRENSER (Dresden, 1720-1807) Ebony original in the Miller collection, Washington. Keys are for Bb, G# and F. a=420, 430, 440.

    H. Grenser

  • HEINRICH GRENSER (Dresden, 1764-1813) Ebony or boxwood flute, after several originals with different key-configurations made between c1798 and c1806. a=430, 435, 440. C#-foot or C-foot.


  • JOHANN GEORGE TROMLITZ (Leipzig, 1725-1805) Ebony original in St Petersburg with keys for C (left thumb), Bb (left thumb), G#, long and short F, D# and Eb (1785 system). Add a second Bb key for the right index finger (1796 system) to get the instrument for which Tromlitz's 1800 tutor The Keyed Flute was written. a=430, 435, 440. C-foot (ebony original in a private collection in Germany).

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