Essential flute maintenance reveals a hidden treasure

I’ve been doing some hands-on maintenance on my 19th Century wooden flute, which has now additionally been re-corked by local Lancaster flute maker Phil Bleazey. I found an unexpected treasure under the B flat key – the initial ‘N’ stamped on the back, presumably by the maker of the key. This flute, made by Bernard Lee & Co at 17, Old Bond Street London, dates from circa 1840, so the stamp was a very interesting find, like a message from the past.

Of course I had to try it out at the earliest opportunity. Here I am playing two reels I learned in South Sligo: The Cobblers, and I’m Waiting for You.

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