ARTLEY


METAL FLUTES AND PICCOLOS:

1st Serial Number of Year Year
10,000 1952
12,000 1953
15,000 1954
19,000 1955
25,000 1956
34,000 1957
45,000 1958
56,000 1959
68,000 1960
80,000 1961
92,000 1962
104,000 1963
118,000 1964
134,000 1965
153,000 1966
186,000 1967
214,000 1968
237,000 1969
264,000 1970
295,320 1971
322,855 1972
356,527 1973
396,153 1974
438,131 1975
472,996 1976
498,127 1977
523,042 1978
553,156 1979
587,765 1980
618,789 1981
643,980 1982
656,815 1983 preceded by prefix "33"
677,773 1984 preceded by prefix "34"

Note: From 1983 onward, add 50 to the two-digit serial number prefix
to calculate the year of manufacture for all of the Artley product line.

WOOD AND PLASTIC PICCOLOS:

1st Serial Number of Year Year
100 1961
138 1962
278 1963
328 1964
418 1965
467 1966
585 1967
728 1968
848 1969
980 1970
1082 1971
1136 1973
2057 1974
2574 1975
3703 1976
4457 1977
4704 1978
5305 1979
5783 1980
6192 1981

Note: From 1983 onward, add 50 to the two-digit serial number prefix
to calculate the year of manufacture for all of the Artley product line.

BASS FLUTES:

1st Serial Number of Year Year
0043 1968
0060 1969
0079 1970

CLARINETS:

1st Serial Number of Year Year
1000 1971
7901 1972
20,001 1973
38,001 1974
51,701 1975
64,701 1976
75,588 1977
86,512 1978
100,131 1979
117,759 1980
135,154 1981
147,455 1982
165,583 1983
179,968 1984
199,871 1985
211,589 1986
231,554 1987
253,171 1988
3,811,988 1988
3,900,001 1989
4,000,000 1990
4,100,000 1991

(Donald A. Artley b. July 20, 1892 – d. March 20,1955) The Artley name, as associated with flute manufacture, dates back to as early as 1939, when Donald A. Artley, along with four family members, started the Artley Flute Co. The newly-formed company was naturally located in Elkhart, Indiana, a city then known as the nation’s center of band instrument manufacturing. Artley’s success has been attributed to his use of innovative design, while applying cost-effective production techniques. Artley flutes became quite popular with school musicians, as well as professional plalyers. Prior to starting Artley Flutes, Don Artley spent most of his early career working in the Elkhart music instrument industry learning the trade. Artley was mounting pads on woodwinds in 1920, and by 1930 he was a pattern-maker for C. G. Conn. In 1934 he was a repairman for Selmer, and in 1936 he was working as an assembler for Buescher. In 1938 he returned to Selmer as an assembler. Published accounts indicate that he founded his company as early as 1939, but it wasn't really until 1948 that his Artley Manufacturing Company was fully operational. Initially, Artley supplied its completed flutes to a New York firm for distribution. In 1953 the company was renamed D. and J. Artley Inc. after its reputation had spread. Richard W. Bosse became president and general manager of the company after Donald Artley's death in 1955. The company's name was changed to Artley Inc. in 1958. In 1960, C. G. Conn, became Artley's exclusive distributor. Artley introduced clarinets, oboes and bassoons during the 1960s, becoming well-known and respected for the manufacture of excellent quality woodwind instruments. The Artley company was purchased by C. G. Conn Ltd. in 1969. In 1972, C. G. Conn moved its entire woodwind manufacturing facilities to Nogales, Arizona. In 1980, Daniel Henkin purchased C. G. Conn Ltd. and all its subsidiaries from, then owner, MacMillan, returning Artley to Elkhart. Mr. Henkin, an accomplished clarinetist himself, had a penchant for having the company create small numbers of professional model instruments, which were engraved "DJH Modified" to signify his involvement in the project. To my knowledge, there are no records of the model numbers used on these instruments, indicating that they were, indeed, very limited in number. Henkin's health forced him to sell the company in 1985 to a Swedish company, forming United Music Instruments, with Artley as a subsidiary. Steinway & Sons, the piano maker, acquired UMI in 2000, later merging it with the Selmer Co. in 2003 to form Conn-Selmer, Inc. Although Conn-Selmer no longer makes flutes under the Artley name, its flutes continue to be played, sold, and respected on the used-instrument market. Note: From 1983 onward, add 50 to the two-digit serial number prefix to calculate the year of manufacture for all of the Artley product line.

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