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Denner Traverso 392 Hz / 415 Hz

around 1720

Jakob Denner (Nuremberg, 1707-1735) was the eldest son of the famous Johann Christoph Denner and learned his trade at his father's workshop. He was one of the very few who managed to break through the strict Nuremberg guild regulations and was accepted in the guild as a special master because of his musical abilities – without travelling years as a journeyman and without any examination!

Nearly 40 of his instruments, signed by himself, have been preserved. Among them is the flute, made of boxwood, with ivory rings, kept in the Germanic National Museum in Nuremberg. It is in its original state with the long corps de rechange in 392 Hz. By transforming you get a wonderful 415 Hz version with excellent intonation and a colourful sound spectrum.

An absolutely unique rarity is Denner's traverso made of ivory in the Germanic National Museum in Nueremberg. It is the only flute with a contemporary C foot which survived after 1945, and in all respects an extraordinary instrument. Although constructed in three pieces according to baroque French standard, Denner did not add any baroque woodturning on the headjoint and middlejoint. He created a flute which is at once plain and yet extremely elegant. In contrast to that body, the foot simply "explodes" with baroque wood decorations. The "brand-new" achievement of the C foot is emphasised in this way. All the ivory that is used creates a distinctive, but not incisive sound. The additional C key opens a great variety of tone qualities.