In the second half of the
seventeenth century, we believe that the young
journeyman, Rippert, left his homeland for the excitement
of Paris, where he established himself as a maker of the
finest recorders, flutes and oboes. In 1715 he was aging
but still working hard, and it seems that his instruments
were more in demand than those of the famous Hotteterre.
That same year the musical amateur Uffenbach from
Frankfurt visited Rippert at the rue Colombiere and
ordered a flute "traverse" for his cousin
which, when it was received, resulted in two more orders.
Uffenbach also visited Hotteterre and was delighted to
hear this master perform on a musette but did not
purchase any of Hotteterre's available flutes, only a
copy of the famous Hotteterre method.