Transverse Flute in d after Scherer
A = 415 Hz.
Four-joint, Boxwood, Ivory mounts
Other woods used are grenadilla and ebony on request
Johannes II (1664-1722) son of the turner Johannes
founded the workshop in Butzbach (Hessen 25km northeast of Frankfurt)
which was continued by his son Heinrich (1703-1778).
The instrument at hand is from a private collection
and can probably be accredited to Johannes II. It is signed "I. SCHERER"
and is made from boxwood with ivory mounts and in a = 410 Hz.
The first four-joint transverse flutes do not appear in France before
Johannes is thereby supposedly the first maker to produce four-jointed
However, three-joint flutes were not made by him.
Both other stamps most probably can be accredited to Georg Heinrich (1703-1778).
Therefore both father and son were makers of instruments to the Baron
of Hessenâ (lion!).
Furthermore, Georg Heinrich seems to have supplied the French court with
instruments (Fleur-de-lis). In favour of this is the fact that Scherer
built the so called Flutes amourâ (a third lower than normal).
It is also well known that Frederick II of Prussia owned a flute made
of ivory made by Scherer.
This instrument can still be admired in the Musikinstrumenten Museum in
Lit.: William Waterhouse, „The New
Langwill Index“ London, 1993, ISBN 0-946113-04-1
Pillip T. Young , 4900 Historical Woodwind Instruments, London