Christina Smith, principal flute of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and stand-in for the Chicago SO in its personnel predicament, believes she plays one of the oldest and heaviest flutes heard in any orchestra. It’s a 1938 platinum by Verne Q. Powell, apparently the first he made, and it was used by her Atlanta predecessor for more than half a century before she bought it.
Most principals these days, says Christina, play silver or gold. But platinum, she finds, ‘has more body to it.’
Read a fascinating interview here.