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(Paris, 1708-1786) Boxwood, ebony, olivewood, tulipwood, lignum vitae, or artificial ivory flute after numerous examples from collections in Europe, America and Japan. a=392, 400, 410, 415, 425. This model did not originally have a foot-register or screw-cork, but we offer an optional register on our model.

The Instrument

Thomas Lot worked from the 1730s on as successor to the same workshop operated by Naust, and was associated with many of the most famous players of his time. It seems as though most of the noble houses of Europe in the first half of the 18th century owned a Lot flute, or a set of them, and many survive in museums and private collections. Ours is based principally on the one in the Dayton C. Miller Collection at the Library of Congress, Washington DC, but uses information gathered from many similar examples. Until we began making the Denner flute, the Lot was our most popular baroque flute, but although it has a large and warm sound at least equal to the Denner in quality, it is not as easy to play in tune in remote keys.

Mark II

Our Thomas Lot flute became popular when we introduced it in the early 1990s, at a time when a majority of the well-known performers were playing the same type of flute: a Rottenburgh. In the decade since then the diversity of models in use has increased dramatically, and we have studied many more original instruments from Lot's workshop. In 2001 we revised our design and now offer what we call the Lot Mark II, which we believe better represents the original instruments. It has an easier high register, a more even tone, and less quirky intonation than the Mark I. Owners of the earlier model may contact us to learn their options for an upgrade.

The Music

To peruse the list of Lot's customers provided in Tula Giannini's book Great Flute Makers of France (London: Tony Bingham, 1993) is to become aware that his instruments must have been thought capable of playing in most of the musical styles of the mid-18th century. Desjardins. Lucas, Pièche, Philidor, Blavet and Wendling all owed the workshop money for flutes at various times.

Audio sample Audio sample (of the Mark I Lot flute we are no longer making)

Janet See, with Davitt Moroney (harpsichord) and Mary Springfels (viola da gamba).
From: J.S. Bach: Complete Sonatas for Flute and Harpsichord. Harmonia Mundi France 907024.25 (2 CDs)
Time: 3:46.76 Size: 2,291,204 bytes 16 bit stereo 44.1 KHz sampling

The sample is also available for download as an MP3 file (7 MB), with better sound quality.

Order options

This flute is available as a special order only.

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