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 H Bettoney USMC Pocket Flute? Need your expert opinion!
Author: morgart1 
Date:   2011-12-29 23:50

Hello. So I recently bought this H Bettoney USMC musical instrument at an auction, and desperately need some help- cant seem to find one like it!, and as I dont have any musical inclination whatsoever, I desperately need your valued opinion! . It is a pocket flute? I believe, comes in two pieces inside a small case, measures approx 5- 6" in length in case. It is marked H Bettoney USMC on the instrument- appears to be in fairly good shape. The case is green velvet lined, one hinge is missing. I was wondering if anyone had any idea of the possible value- I can find Nothing to compare it to of this size. Any help you could share on this matter would be greatly appreciated! Any idea of the age, and a ballpark would be appreciated. OR anywhere where I could find what one similar brought- 0 on ebay as well as completed.



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 Re: H Bettoney USMC Pocket Flute? Need your expert opinion!
Author: Wes 
Date:   2012-06-06 03:29

It seems like you have bought a piccolo, possibly one in Db rather than the common key of C. Bettony sold some great metal clarinets but were not as respected for their flutes or piccolos. Bettony played in the Boston Symphony, I believe. It could be from the early 1900s.

Db piccolos are rarely used these days, mostly for very old band music, but C piccolo players can often transpose the parts if no C part is available. Thus, a Db piccolo is kind of an interesting item of relatively little practical use now. Bettony C piccolos might be of an intermediate level but not nearly as respected as the old Haynes or Powell piccolos. If yours needs an overhaul, it may be worth in the $100 area or so because an overhaul is quite expensive (check with Haynes or Powell). One could spend $100 for the instrument plus $700 for a good overhaul and sell it for only $500, for example. Good luck!

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