I was wondering if anyone could tell me something about the quality and
history of a Firth and Pond Co. flute (or Firth and Pond flutes in general)
which I found in a local music shop here in Eugene, Oregon USA.
It has a repaired crack through the embouchure and a smashed but repaired
screw cap. It plays pretty close to 440, internal tuning is decent, and it
has a fairly loud, reedy tone. Wood looks more brown than blackwood
(cocus?). Finger holes and embouchure are medium sized. It has five (or
maybe six) keys and is priced at $750. The inscription on the barrel reads
"Firth and Pond Co. German Silver, ?ERankernson?"
Any comments would be much appreciated. Thanks a lot and happy new year!