Historical Traversos
Repair & Overhaul Work
Pfretzschner Kronach Workshop specialising in woodwind instruments

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Hotteterre Rippert Naust Rottenburgh Le Cler Grenser  
Denner Eichentopf Quantz Crone Wrede Piccolo

Naust Traverso 392 Hz

around 1710

Pierre Naust, who, like Hotteterre, most likely came from La Couture, died in Paris in 1709 at the age of about 50 years. His workshop in Paris, however, was carried on by his widow Barbe, who came from the famous Pelletin family of musical instrument makers. Together with her son-in-law she successfully led the business and brought it to considerable prestige.

After her death and the death of her son-in-law, her daughter married Thomas Lot in her second marriage. Thus the Naust tradition lived on into the late 19th century!

On the occasion of this marriage in 1734, an inventory was set up by an "expert", the famous instrument maker Bizey. This inventory shows interesting details of the size of Madame Naust's workshop: two work benches, 211 drills, about 1000 pounds of boxwood, 26 traversos, nine recorders, ten flageolets, five basso recorders, three bassoons and an old version of a contrabass shawm.

The biographer Tula Giannini notes that in 1721 Madame Naust offered a flute with three corps de rechange. This is the first known reference to quadripartite making of traversos. Maybe this is an invention of the Naust workshop?

The model with silver rings is a very early example of a four-part flute from the Naust workshop. It has an ample and forceful sound, even in low pitches. The offered three-part version is crafted from stained boxwood and dates back to the early days of the workshop and is kept in the Museum of Musical Instruments in Berlin.