Robbert Wijne

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.

The flute shown here is from a private collection in Utrecht. as can be seen the top tenon needs a cardboard ring to make the instrument give any sound at all. But then! This is an instrument that sings when played by any good player.

The instrument probably is in fruit wood, but I would guess from the weight that it was heavily impregnated with linseed oil. It is strange that this simple instrument has a nicely ornamented key.

There are some six originals of flutes of Robbert Wijne in Holland. Three of those I have measured. I am making a copy of the Utrecht instrument.  This is a later flute, maybe 1755. It is an instrument with a very singing quality.

Personally I am very fond of this flute.The flute has a bit more reedy character than the Beukers without being pinched in any way. It has a very small mouth hole and carries extremely well. It even has a really big sound when played well. The last but important remark I would like to make on the Wijne is the following. Practically everybody likes the Beukers and the Tassi, however the Wijne gets two distinct reactions some players simply do not like it, others immediately and also after owning it a long time are in love with this flute and usually say 'I play almost everything on it'. Again, please look at the players testimonials and Jed!

In my opinion the Wijne plays really well if the mouth hole is completely open. One has to experiment with this to find the exact spot where the Wijne is really powerful!!

Maybe I should ad to this that it seems that the Wijne is the new fashion, I dont understand many things and this is one of them.

The instrument below is from another private collection in the Netherlands. It has amongst others 408 and 415 middle pieces playing very well.

[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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