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.
AUGUST GRENSER (Dresden,
1720-1807) Ebony original in the Miller collection,
Washington. Keys are for Bb, G# and F. a=420, 430,
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
tutorThe Keyed Flute was written. a=430, 435,
440. C-foot (ebony original in a private collection in Germany).