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Thomas Lot III (1708-87)

According to recent research by Tula Giannini (see below), Thomas Lot built flutes for many of the most prominent Parisian flutists of the early 18th century, including Michel Blavet, Mozart's friend Johann Baptist Wendling, and Jacques-Christophe Naudot. His instruments were also owned by many of the royal and aristocratic houses of Europe.

Lot came from a long line of woodwind-instrument makers native to the town of La Couture-Boussey in Normandy who operated businesses in Paris throughout the 18th and 19th centuries. Despite changes that took place elsewhere in Europe, the classic baroque styling of Lot's flutes was much imitated.

One of Thomas Lot's descendants was Louis Lot, whose modified Boehm flutes became the official instrument at the Paris Conservatoire in 1860.


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