(Paris, d. 1752) Ebony original in a private
collection in Frankfurt, Germany. a=405.
Two stamps appear on this instrument: that of
Leclerc (d1752) and on its headjoint that of (Louis)
Jean Baptiste Fortier, a maker from Rouen, France, who worked
from 1708-1729. Not much is known about either maker. The
flute has a very large bore, thin headjoint walls and comparatively
large embouchure. It is not easy to play it softly: it prefers
to make a full and robust sound.
The solos of Michel Blavet come to mind for
this instrument: it likes to astonish with its brilliance
rather than to touch the heart.