The original of this flute, made by Jacob Denner in around 1712, was found a few years ago in an attic in Nuremberg. Unlike stringed instruments which generally get better with age, wind instruments deteriorate - such is the effect of the player's hot, moisture-laden breath on the wood. As a result it is very unusual for historic wind instruments to be found in playing condition.So - this was a rare find, indeed, discovering a flute by as revered a maker as Denner in such immaculate condition. This shows the makers name at the top of the main body joint. Such was its state of preservation that it has been played regularly by Konrad Hünteler. This flute has now been much copied by makers of historic instruments and has become a firm favourite with players.My copy here, made from reclaimed mahogany for one of Rod Camerons first copies, has a simplified version of the original tooled design inlaid into the lid.