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Baroque Traversos

 


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A. Grenser in grenadill with additional parts </br>in: 415 , 430 and 440 Hz
A. Grenser in grenadill with additional parts
in: 415 , 430 and 440 Hz




Flute traverso G. A. Rottenburgh in rosewood
Flute traverso G. A. Rottenburgh in rosewood




Traverso G. A. Rottenburgh in boxwood
Traverso G. A. Rottenburgh in boxwood




Flute traverso G. A. Rottenburgh in grenadill
Flute traverso G. A. Rottenburgh in grenadill




J.W. Oberlender
J.W. Oberlender




Due to the flourishing of instrumental music in the second half of the 17th and 18th century, big changes appeared in the construction of the traverso flute. The first Es-key appeared, the change of the canal into the conical shape and making the reed bigger increased the volume significantly. Flutes started to be made of 3 or 4 parts, reinforcements / rings at the ends of the parts were most often made of ivory. The kinds of wood used to make flutes were: sycamore, maple, ebony, pear, boxtree, rosewood, olive wood etc. In exclusive versions, flutes were made entirely of ivory.

GT barocco traversos are made of ebony, boxwood, grenadill, rosewood, padoukwood . Rings are produced of plastic immitating ivory or of exotic kinds of wood like boxwood. The key is made of full silver.

I made Baroque flutes:
G.A. Rottenburgh (1703-1768) from B. Kuijken collection
A. Grenser (1720-1807) from Germanisches Nationalmuseum Numberg
J.W.Oberlender( 1681-1745) Nuremburg
T. Stanesby Jr. (1692–1754)


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