I was forced to replace it with a less-decorative one than the one originally on the flute. By the time he acquired Noblet, Georges Leblanc had gained a reputation as one of the finest woodwind makers in France.Since then, I have spent a lot of time online, attempting to find out more about the flute, and if it is possible to get a replacement to that part that would fit with my flute's overall look and everything. During my research, I have been able to find NOTHING about these flutes, much less how, and if, I can have it repaired authentically. The workshop at the Leblanc headquarters in Paris became a meeting place of the great woodwind artists of the era.

I bought this Noblet Paris on ebay several years ago for under $300.

Here are some pictures: I heard they were made by Courtois.

Due to their high quality, wood Noblet clarinets made in France were very popular, and Leblanc made them by the carload.

The downside is that they appear constantly on the auction sites, which tends to depress the selling prices.

I CANNOT AND WILL NOT give value estimations nor tell you what age your instrument is without seeing it so please don't ask.

Been playing for around 15 years and am a respected teacher of Flute, Clarinet, Bassoon, Oboe, Saxophone and Recorder.

Most towns have local bands that welcome returnees. Education/Credentials I studied English and music at Oberlin College and have a B.

Expert: Victoria - 7/27/2007 Question I know you don't do any valuation, and I'm not asking about value, but I do have a question about my flute. More than any other instrument manufacturer, Noblet refined and developed early woodwind manufacturing techniques, securing for the French nation its preeminent reputation for producing the best wind instruments in the world.

Notice the "tone ring" around the bell, and the concealed springs on the water keys. I've only started playing again recently and haven't played any other horns to compare it to.