Robbert Wijne

The new Robert Wijne described further below now also is available in 415. I like this flute very much.

As all Wijne it should be played not covering the mouth hole and then is really powerfull and infinitely flexible.

The next information is taken from the Ph. D thesis of Dr. Bouterse [1].

Robbert Wijne was born 30 October 1698 in Nijmegen.
He was the eldest son from the marriage of Hendrik Wijne and Aaltje Temmen. His father probably was a locksmith. Robbert married 9 April 1724. He fathered eight children. Several were in turn involved in professions related to music. There are quite a number of instruments or parts of instruments left in Musea and private collections, mainly in the Netherlands.
Robbert Wijne died 30 July 1774 in Nijmegen. It seems that the family was rather well of as they owned at least two houses. It should be noted that there was at least one other flute maker in the family , Willem Wijne. Also from Willem Wijne there still exists one flute.

There are some six originals of flutes of Robbert Wijne in Holland. Three of those I have measured.

The instrument below is now owned by Jan Bouterse in the Netherlands. It has amongst others 400 and 413 middle pieces playing very well.

Some of the professional players trying it said it was the best they ever plaid. I have the first copy now which is as exactly as I could copy the original. This is always how I start. Next thing I am going with Jed to compare with the original.

[1]Dutch woodwind instruments and their makers, 1660-1760, Ph. D. Thesis of M. C. J. Bouterse, available on CDROM from the author or from the Dutch "vereniging voor huismuziek" huismuziek@bigfoot.com

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