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Flute Made for Use in the Movie, The Music Man

 NMM 10104.  Flute attributed to Martin Band Instrument Co., ca. 1960

NMM 10104. Flute in C attributed to Martin Band Instrument Company, a subsidiary of Richards Music Corporation, and subcontractor for The Pedler Company, Elkhart, ca. 1960. Serial no. 60671. Boehm system, closed hole, C foot. Three sections. Engraved on socket: THE / PEDLER CO / ELKHART-IND.; engraved on body and foot joint: 60671; engraved under the signature: MADE BY RMC FOR / THE FILMING OF / MEREDITH WILLSON'S / THE MUSIC MAN / BY WARNER BROS. Silver-plated. Nineteen silver-plated keys. Total length, 26.5" (675 mm). This flute was given to the movie's property master at the conclusion of the filming of The Music Man in 1961. It remained in his family for nearly 40 years. Board of Trustees, 2002.

Engraving on Socket

Engraving of Pedler name

Engraving of RMC name

Engraving of 'The Music Man'

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Note: This flute is on display in the exhibition, "Ya Gotta Know the Territory: The Musical Journey of Meredith Willson," designed and installed by the National Music Museum in 2002 for the Meredith Willson Museum in Mason City, Iowa.

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