Thomas Stanesby Sr. (c1668 - 1734) and his son, Thomas Stanesby Jr. (1692 - 1754) were English woodwind instrument makers, working in London in the first half of the 18th century. With Bressan, the Stanesbys were responsible for most of the finest surviving English Baroque woodwind instruments. Stanesby Sr  was apprenticed to Thomas Garrett in London in 1682 and received the Freedom of the Turners' Company in 1691, whereupon he set up a modest establishment in Stonecutter Street, which led from Shoe Lane to the Fleet Market in the middle precinct of the parish of St Bride's.  Stanesby and his son were registered as freemen in 1716. Surviving instruments bearing the father's mark include nine recorders, eight oboes and a bassoon. Currently, Moeck is producing alto models after Stanesby Sr. in both A440 and A415. The original pitch of the instrument in Frans Bruggen's collection is A403. Currently, Ralf Ehlert and Jacqueline Sorel are producing Stanesby Sr. copies at A403 with single holes and Hotteterre fingering (Ehlert makes them also with double holes and English fingering).


Thomas Stanesby Jr. was apprenticed to his father in 1706 and set up his own establishment over the Temple Exchange in Fleet Street near St Dunstan-in-the-West soon after being released from his indenture in 1713. In 1728 he received the Freedom of the Turner's Company and in 1739 he was elected Master. In 1734 he inherited all his father's tools and a seal ring. He eventually took two apprentices, William Sheridan 1737 and  Caleb Gedney in 1741, who finished his apprenticeship in 1750 and inherited the tools of his Master upon his death in 1754. About 1732 Stanesby, sensing the impending eclipse of the recorder in professional music circles, issued A New System of the Flute a Bec or Common English Flute wherein he argued vigorously for the use of the 'C Flute' (tenor recorder in C) and presented a 'full and perfect' fingering chart. The demand for the transverse flute increased, however, and Stanesby made a considerable number of these. Halfpenny wrote that Stanesby signed himself 'junior' only up to 1732. He marked his instruments 'STANESBY IUNIOR' or 'STANESBY LONDON'; the mark 'MURAEUS' is added to the only surviving bassoon, which is dated 1747 (it was possibly repaired by the maker of that name).  Other surviving instruments include 38 flutes (of which 25 are ivory), two flutes d'amore, 16 recorders, five oboes and a bassoon.

Stanesby's later instruments show a simplification of the older Baroque exterior following the general trend toward the classical woodwind design. Typical examples are a few recorders showing a slender profile with a footpiece similar to those of transverse flutes of the time, omitting the bulbous bottoms of recorders made by himself, his father, and others a generation earlier. But this exterior change is not matched by a change in acoustical properties.  Andreas Glatt makes an exact copy of the Stanesby Jr. alto in Paris at A410, with single holes and Hotteterre fingering. Notable copies of the Stanesby Jr. alto at A415 with double holes and English fingering include Morgan, van der Poel, and von Huene.


Handel Sonata in F Major HWV 369:         Stanesby Sr.     Ehlert Stanesby Sr.
                                                                       Bruggen             Oberlinger
X                                  X
Allegro:                 X                                  X

MakerRecorder ModelRecorder SizePitchMaterialPieces




List Price


MoeckStanesby Sr.

Alto440Antiqued Castello BoxwoodThreeDoubleEnglishNew - Haunting tone, excsllent high notes! Beautiful antique finish $1425 $1295
Tim Cranmore  Stanesby

Alto 415 European Boxwood Three DoubleEnglish Used - Very good condition with light signs of wear! $2350 $1650
Peter van Der Poel Stanesby
Peter van der Poel Stanesby Jr. Ebony Alto A415
Alto 415EbonyThreeSingleEnglish Used - Mint Condition! Large sound. Revoiced by Dale Taylor June, 2015 $2150 $1650
von HueneStanesby Jr
Alto 415 European BoxwoodThreeDoubleEnglish Used - Immaculate condition! $2400 $2150
WennerStanesby Jr.
Alto 415 European BoxwoodThreeDoubleEnglish New - Professional quality instrument. Marvelous lively sound! $2050$2250
von HueneStanesby Jr
Alto 415 European BoxwoodThreeDoubleEnglish New - hand-picked in 2019 at BEMF! $2400 SOLD
to the gentleman in Manhattan.
Philippe LachéStanesby

Alto415European Boxwood with Ivory Thumb BushingThreeDoubleEnglishNew - Strong sound for soloist! $2400SOLD
in my private collection!
Tim Cranmore Stanesby Jr

Sixth Flute (Soprano in D) 415European Boxwood
w/Ivory Thumb Bushing
ThreeDoubleEnglish Used. Mint Condition! Perfect instrument for French baroque flute music fast movements as alternative to VF. $1950 SOLD to my private collection!
Fern (David Coomber) Stanesby
Alto 415Stained Zapatero
ThreeDoubleEnglishNew - Professional quality at a very reasonable price! $1400 SOLD
12/31/2009 to the gentleman in St. Catherines, Ontario
DolmetschStanesby Jr.
Dolmetsch Stanesby Jr. VF Ebony A440
Voice Flute440Ebony w/Ivory Thumb BushingThreeDouble English Used - Excellent condition. Perfect for playing baroque flute music at modern pitch! $2150SOLD
12/12/2009 to the gentleman in Tampa
Jacqueline SorelStanesby Sr. Alto405BoxwoodThreeSingleHotteterreNew - Exact copy of original in Frans Bruggen's Collection. Photo shows copy vs Fred Morgan's drawing of the original instrument. Beautifully re-voiced by Ralf Ehlert for darker and more penetrating tone$1950 SOLD
10/16/2009 to the gentleman in Ann Arbor
Peter van der Poel Stanesby Jr.
Alto415BoxwoodThreeDoubleEnglishNew - Has lovely dark tone for French music. $1650 SOLD
23/2007 to the gentleman in
Fern (David Coomber) Stanesby
Alto415Stained Zapatero
ThreeDoubleEnglishNew - Professional quality at a very reasonable price! $1400 SOLD
15/2007 to the lady in Austin
Ralf Ehlert Stanesby
Voice Flute415Stained European BoxwoodThreeDoubleEnglishNew - Perfect for Boismortier, Telemann, and Hotteterre. Solid low d and e with no burbles! $1950 SOLD!

3/29/2006 to the gentleman in Nagoya 

MoeckStanesby Sr.
Alto440Castello BoxwoodThreeDoubleEnglishUsed  - Great Value! Haunting tone, excellent high notes! Comes with leather case. $1200 SOLD 1/20/2005
Tom SearsStanesby Jr.
Alto415GrenadillaThreeSingleEnglishHigh notes speak extremely easily $1600 SOLD



Stanesby Sr. Sixth Flute in ivory - Dayton Miller Collection 1214 Sixth flutes are sopranos in d, an octave higher than the voice flute they are suitable for some English concertos as well as occasional French flute music with a low tessitura.
Stanesby Sr.  Alto, Hornimann MuseumEhlert, Sorel, Moeck 
Stanesby Jr. Alto, Parisvan der Poel, Glatt, von Huene, Ammann