Albert Cooper (flute maker)
Albert Cooper (April 12, 1924 – January 25, 2011) was a British flute maker who apprenticed at Rudall Carte until the war. After discharge, he returned to Rudall Carte but left in 1959 and set himself up as flute maker.
- C flutes - 80
- Alto flutes - 8
- Piccolos with C foot - 2
- Bass flute - 3
- Flute in B - 1
Cooper's primary contribution to flute making is the Cooper Scale, where the position and size (opening) of the flute's tone holes have been accurately determined. This has been now universally adopted and is promoted by all the major flute makers, in particular the flute maker Brannen Brothers. This new scale replaces the old Boehm system scale and measurements still being used in flute manufacture into the 1990s.
- Interview with Alexander Eppler
- Albert Cooper Flute Competition that ran from 1990 to 2007. Original site http://www.stratford-flute.co.uk/albert.htm is defunct but there's an archive at http://web.archive.org/web/20050901081533/http://www.stratford-flute.co.uk/albert.htm