Armstrong flute- I want to figure out when it was made?

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ActuallyACellist
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Armstrong flute- I want to figure out when it was made?

Post by ActuallyACellist » Sat Jan 04, 2020 5:13 pm

So for a recent birthday, my sister got me a flute from some guy on craigslist. None of us know anything about the instrument. The serial number is 13045. Engraved just below where the head joint attaches, it says W. T. ARMSTRONG/ELKHART-IND/104/30/13045. on the internet, I could only find information about serial numbers 18000 or above, so I'm not quite sure what to do with this number. I like to know when my instruments were made, and I know nothing about flutes, so if someone could help me, that would be great! Thanks!!

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Re: Armstrong flute- I want to figure out when it was made?

Post by pied_piper » Sat Jan 04, 2020 10:37 pm

Your flute was made in 1980. That is determined by the "30" prefix to the serial number. From 1974 to present - The prefix number plus 50 will give you the date manufactured. So, 30 + 50 = 80 (1980).
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