The Artley Symphony model flute was an OK flute for its time, but they’re not really in demand today because more modern flutes generally play better. If you’ve looked at eBay, you’ve probably noticed asking prices ranging from $80 to around $450.
He’s right that you can buy a more modern flute that is probably easier to tune than many older “Pro” flutes. At the time, however, the Artley Wilkins was the top-of-the-line flute made by Artley. The quality was very good and was often considered on par with Haynes and Powell flutes of the same era.
Note: From 1983 to present, add 50 to the serial number prefix to calculate the year of manufacture. Note: From 1983 to present, add 50 to the serial number prefix to calculate the year of manufacture.
The higher the flute level, the more expensive it becomes. A beginner flute runs in the hundreds of dollars, professional flutes in the thousands
Steve Bosse was President of the Artley Flute Company in the years after his father, Richard, ran the company. Richard and Steve worked together to expand the company and move primary manufacturing from Elkhart, Indiana to Nogales, Arizona.
The serial number is 2081, which is located on the head and middle part. No other numbers appear on the flute in any of the sections.
The Selmer SFL 611 Series is an excellent option for aspiring and professional flutists. The series is now available with inline or offset G, split E and C# trill. It is also available in every standard configuration you would expect.
In general, Artley plastic clarinets have a strong point in the sturdiness of construction. The key work is excellent and so robust that I recommend it for marching bands. Artleys are very good instruments for beginners.
For the beginning flute player, the Bundy BFL-300 is an excellent value. This flute’s design helps produce a sweet, dark tone, while the stainless steel springs help it stay set. The silver-plated surface not only looks beautiful, but is also very durable.
The model number is engraved on the head joint end of the body. The serial number is engraved on the back of the ankle end of the body.
Your flute was made in 1980. This is determined by the “30” prefix of the serial number. From 1974 to present – The prefix number plus 50 gives you the date of manufacture. So 30 + 50 = 80 (1980).
Nevertheless, a rule of thumb for the price of used flutes for beginners or advanced users is 50% of the retail price. Look at what price the instrument is currently selling for (e.g. $1,700) and then adjust it up or down depending on its condition.
The “prefix” serial numbers you mentioned on Armstrong flutes are 2 digits, a dash, and 5 more digits. Example: serial number 24-58637 = 24 + 50 = 1974. In your case, the serial number is 7 digits with no prefix. Your model is a later model for which Conn-Selmer, Armstrong’s parent company, has not published serial numbers.
The Bb are the most common. The easiest way to check this is to go to a piano and play a Bb and play a middle or low C (thumbs and all the holes on the top stack would be your low C). If the notes are the same, you have a Bb clarinet.
The serial number on trumpets is located on either side of their center valves. This is common on trumpets compared to trombones, which sit on the slide on the instrument’s body. They can also be on the trombone mouthpiece.