I recently picked up a flute at a local auction and am trying to get info on it.
It is an Artley model 5-0-B with the silver head(?). Sorry, I am a sax player and don't know flute terminology. It is open hole and does have the low b (b-flat?) foot.
I am trying to figure date of manufacture and also get a ballpark on value. The serial number is 703288. Looking at the serial number web pages I could not find anything relating to this series of serial numbers. Additionally, it says Artley USA, but does not give any indication of a city of manufacture. I could not find serial numbers on any section except for the main body, and it was stamped directly under the logo and model number. Also, the silver stamping is at the base of the head right by the joint.
The overall condition is fairly good. The pads and springs are in good shape and the action is level. There is some tarnishing, and 3 of the keys show signs of regular use. Finally, the foot joint is a bit loose... just enough that you can feel a bit of rocking.
Any information you can pass on would be appreciated.