Marcel Moyse Couesnon Flute

Marcel Moyse with his Couesnon Flute

Marcel Moyse designed his own flute together with the firm Couesnon in the mid-1930s. The Couesnon company was founded in 1827, in Château Thierry, a small city on the Marne River, 50 miles east of Paris, an area traditionally associated with the making of high-quality brass instruments. The well-known French flute of Louis Lot did not satisfy Moyse, neither in design with inline keys, open holes nor in sturdity of key mechanism, because of binding problems between the G and B flat keys. The English flute maker Albert Cooper has pointed out that a closed-hole flute gives a far stabler tone production and pitch. Marcel Moyse flute design is more like a traditional Boehm flute with closed holes, offset G key and a C-foot joint, e.g. Aug.Rich. Hammig, Bernhard Hammig. French flute players avoid the B-foot joint because it darkens the tone. Jean-Pierre Rampal: "Real flutes have C-foot joints and those other B-foot joints are some kind of American contraption". The Marcel Moyse Couesnon Flute is a nickel silverplated flute with offset G, closed holes, extended G# cleff, C# trill, C-foot joint, specialdesign of tone holes and thumb key - Nagahara Flute uses this thumb key design for his flutes. See the design of a post Couesnon Flute made by The Williams Flute co., Sankyo Flutes and Muramatsu flutes.

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