I recently scored a very pristine early silver plated Symphony model that included fresh pads and a good set up. The serial is only four digits, 3992;- obviously there were Artley flutes that pre-dated 1952, but I think the serial chart starts there because that was when production and distribution took off. It came in an original vintage slim case with a brass stamped ARTLEY logo and even had the tenon protector sleeves and cleaning tool. It plays very well, IMO, but does not have the strength or clarity that of some later Artley models I have collected that have the silver head. I suspect yours has an old style sculpted lip plate shape and different embouchure hole from the 60s Artleys. The lip plates tended to lose some curves as years went by. Also this early Artley Symphony does not have the familiar five position lines on the head and the position notch on the front of the barrel ring. The position notch is on the rear of the barrel ring and the serial number digits can be used as position guides.My aunt, who lives in a retirement home, let me take her flute which she no longer plans on trying to play again, with the idea that I would find a good home for it (and give her the money when and if I sell it, which wasn't mentioned but is certainly what I intend). However, although a longtime musician with what I like to think is a good ear, I have no clue about flutes. So although I have read most of the posts here about Artleys, I really don't know what I have (e.g., no idea what a C- or B-foot is, or whether it's a Wilkins or a Powell). What I do see is that it is a Symphony, made in Elkhart, the lettering inline with the body. Nowhere on it does it say "Silver" (or any other metal), although there happens to be a 3M "Silver Protector Strip" in the case, and it certainly looks (from what corrosion there is) as though it's silver-plated. What also throws me a bit, after poking around the web trying to find out about serial numbers, is that either there is none, or else the serial number is the same *four* digits -- beginning with "9" -- stamped near one end of each of the three sections of the instrument. I have no illusions about having some mysterious magical masterpiece of musical manufacture, and assume it's a student model, but is there any way I can find out more from looking at it, *before* I take it into a shop and have somebody look it over (and tell me they'll give me a quarter of what I later find out it's really worth)?
Kerry in Portland, Oregon
Anyone have any information on an Artley Model 6-0. Serial number (399903) indicates it was made in 1974. It is stamped with the Nogales address on the head stamp as well as having the word silver stamped on all 3 pieces. I have not been able to find out any information on this model Artley. Any information would be appreciated.
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