Jean-Jacques Rippert (c1645--1724) was a French woodwind instrument maker, one of the first generation of baroque woodwind makers. He was described as early as 1696 as 'Jean-Jacques Rippert master maker of woodwind instruments' and a 'maker of flutes'. There is documentary evidence that he was highly regarded by his contemporaries by Sauveur in 1704, who names and Jean Hotteterre as 'the most able woodwind makers in Paris'. Surviving instruments bearing the mark of Rippert and a sign of a dolphin attest to Rippert's mastery and specialisation in flute making. Listed in Young are thirty of his instruments, which include 22 recorders (2 sopranos, 9 altos, 5 tenors, and 6 bass recorders) as well as 4 transverse flutes and 3 oboes. There is documentary evidence that he had retired from active instrument making by 1716, so his surviving instruments definitely belong to the first generation of baroque woodwind makers. [1]

This is a beautifully ornamented original found in the St Moritz Museum. It is not doable for me to offer this ornamentation for a reasonable price so I used the forms for the ornamentation of the Paris original Paris Rippert.

The Mouth hole of this flute is oval perpendicular to the length direction. This, I think, means that it is a very early Hotteterre type instrument, maybe even between 1680 and 1690. It also is very large. This is an unusually powerful Hotteterre type flute. However, it is nevertheless quite flexible. It also has a really nice tone quality.


[1] mainly copied from

Simon Polak: Early Flutes

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