Eric Dolphy's flute – on eBay! (update)

Things about this auction don’t feel right. Aside
from the serial number being blurred in the
photo, from Googling all day, it appears that
Guernsey’s auctioned off a bunch of Coltrane’s
stuff via eBay (including Dolphy’s flute) in

“Dolphy’s alto, bass clarinet and flute were sold
but I cant remember the price.”

This would jive pretty well with the story that
seller has about the flute being acquired twenty
years ago.

Eric Dolphy's flute – on eBay!

Someone is selling Eric Dolphy’s Powell on eBay. Opening bid is $6,990.

Question & Answer
Q: Hello. Do you know any background on the flute? Who owned it after Dolphy died, who is auctioning it? Anything? Also, does the flute or case have any markings of Dolphy, his name, etc. Thank you Jul-13-07

A: Hi. The flute or case have no markings relating to Dolphy. I am auctioning this flute for my friend and pupil who is now in her 80s and no longer plays. She bought the flute about 20 years ago from someone in the Pacific Northwest (Washington or Oregon) who sold it to her as Eric Dolphy’s flute. Contact Christina Giuliano at the Powell Flute shop at and ask about flute serial number 2100 which was completed on 7/15/1960. They will confirm that the original owner was Eric Dolphy; his name appears in the order book which Powell calls “the Bible”. Feel free to contact me again if you have further questions. — Stenbro

I did a serial number search on Powell’s website for 2100 (

Serial Number: 2100
Completion Date: 7/15/1960
Specs: Sterling silver, drawn tone holes, .018 tubing, Traditional Powell Scale, A-440, French cups, B foot joint, in-line G, gold embouchure
Model: Handmade Commercial Metal Flute

I wonder if this is the flute Eric used on “You Don’t Know What Love Is” (on his ‘Last Date‘ recording)? I spent countless hours in my late teens and early twenties listening and transcribing that solo – probably THE jazz flute solo if ever there was one.

It’ll be interesting to see if/what the flute sells for.

PepBoys – $100 per hour

I went in to PepBoys in Rohnert Park yesterday to get an oil/filter change. The tech who did the oil change ($34) told me I had two torn CV boots and that it’d be $500+ to get them fixed. I declined. I don’t remember seeing $100 per hour labor charges posted at PepBoys the last time I was there a few months ago – wonder when they raised it? In any event, I’m going to call around and see what other shops are charging to do this job – yikes. 😐

iPhone – get a demo

Yesterday I went to the Apple store in Santa Rosa and had a look at the iPhone. A short while into my stay there, I asked one of the employees to show me what it does. This turned out to be a very good thing as he knew much more about how to get around on the thing than I did. Having a live/personal demonstration by an Apple rep on the iPhone I highly recommend for anybody curious about what it can do. Though I didn’t buy one (yet!), I left the store very impressed with the iPhone. It is an amazing tool – the hype is not exaggerated.

See a tour here:

Google's Supplemental Index and lost pages

I used to be able to type in an email address (or some other small bit of text) that I knew existed on a particular site and Google would locate that page in a split second. Unfortunately, this is no longer the case. For some reason, the majority of pages from many sites now have been moved to Google’s “Supplemental Index” (identified in the green font area on the search results page with the words, “Supplemental Result”). From what I’ve experienced, if a page is in the “Supplemental Index” it means it’s no longer being returned for normal searches. Fortunately, Yahoo! search still works for this.

Jean-Pierre Rampal's gold Louis Lot flute

A recent question on the Galway forum prompted me to go dig up an old concert program (circa 1978) where Jean-Pierre Rampal recounts how he got his gold Louis Lot:

I found my Louis Lot flute in 1948 by good luck. I had two managers and one told me, ‘You know, I have a French flute that is gold.’ ‘You said gold?’ ”Yes, French, but in Chinese.’ ‘Chinese?’; I was thinking it must be the Louis Lot, the only gold one he made and very famous. This flute was made for Jean Remusat, a salon flute player, I mean a high society flute player. When he was getting old, the Philharmonic Society of Shanghai invited him to be the president, he accepted and to thank him they ordered this flute. I said I must see it, and my managers said sure, but it was broken. They showed it to me, and of course it was the Lot. They loaned it to me, and I was so excited. I sent the flute to my father in Marseilles, and he worked all the day and night; he called me in the morning and said it was a fantastic flute. He couldn’t sleep before; he made the pads and everything . . . I said I would like to buy it, and I had to pay them in Louis d’or, which was twenty-four carat gold and difficult to find. But it was worth it, and now really quite a bargain.
A Haynes flute is close to the Louis Lot. When I first came in the States, I was really impressed immediately. They gave me a flute to try and I liked it very much. I went back to France and began to play it, and I stuck with it. Now I have another Haynes too, and I keep the Louis Lot in France in a safe.

Anybody know the whereabouts of the flute today? Is it in a museum somewhere?

Apple Safari browser – now for the PC!

Apple recently made available it’s Safari browser for the PC. This morning I installed it on the computer down at People’s Music and was very impressed by how well it worked. What struck me the most right away was how “Apple like” it was! (for some odd reason I was expecting a radically different experience than the Safari on my Mac…).

If all goes well, Safari for the PC could turn out be a great bridge for Apple in getting across the ‘feel’ of what it’s like to use a Mac to countless PC users. Good move Apple!