Antique Flutes

Shared by Michael Lynn - 9/13/2014

I am a Professor, performer, and collector involved with antique flutes. I have spent my entire adult life as a performer and teacher of baroque flute and recorder. While many of the instruments I use are of modern manufacture, many are original instruments between 100-250 years old. As is often the case, many of these instruments are ornamented with ivory rings. A few of my "modern" instruments also have ornamentation made from pre-embargo ivory that has been in the U.S. for at least 25 years.

One of my flutes is made entirely of ivory with silver decorations and was made in London around 1818. My instruments have taken a lifetime to collect and form the basis for much of my "net worth," both financially, and artistically. The new ivory laws have a terrible effect on my ability to travel with my instruments, for performing or exhibition. My investment over the period of 40 years is made to have no monetary value by the proposed regulations. The entire field of "Early Music" or as it is also know "Historical Performance" is severely hampered by these laws, whether the performers are violinists, harpsichordists, flutists, oboists, pianists, or virtually any other musical instrument made more than 75-100 years ago. I absolutely believe in the protection of Elephants but these laws are anti-musician, not pro-elephant.

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