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by Tarandros
Thu Jan 14, 2010 8:43 pm
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: silver plated versus solid silver
Replies: 26
Views: 36454

I have an old 2008 price list and at that time a sterling head with grenadilla embouchure was €1590 For EU Member States. Thanks for the information - that's a lot of money. I probably couldn't even raise half that if I sold all three of my flutes! I do like my Paul Krebs flute though. The headjoin...
by Tarandros
Tue Jan 12, 2010 8:44 pm
Forum: Advanced Flute Topics
Topic: Graduate student struggling with embouchure
Replies: 7
Views: 9498

One thing I've found that helps me loosen up the embouchure is to do the opposite of the Moyse Sonority exercises which generally start around second octave B and work down. That way, your embouchure is already tightish to get the B. You then have to loosen it as you work down the semitones blowing ...
by Tarandros
Tue Jan 12, 2010 8:34 pm
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: silver plated versus solid silver
Replies: 26
Views: 36454

Mancke (also German) makes silver and gold headjoints with grenadilla embouchure plates as well. I think other makers offer that combination as well. http://www.mancke.com/ Thanks for the link. It looks very interesting - ominously though, you have to email them to get the price list. To me that's ...
by Tarandros
Sat Jan 02, 2010 7:05 pm
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: silver plated versus solid silver
Replies: 26
Views: 36454

Just to throw a bit of a joker into the pack here, I recently bought a flute by the East German maker Paul Krebs (probably made around the early 70s or late 60s). The craftsmanship is really superb - and I've also had it completely repadded. It's not solid silver - it's clearly some sort of alloy, p...
by Tarandros
Sun Nov 15, 2009 9:32 pm
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: Resona by Burkart?
Replies: 3
Views: 6939

Just found one here on special offer for just under £2,000 which I think is around $3,000 so quite a lot below the list price mentioned in my last reply. The link also contains a description and photos that can be enlarged: http://www.justflutes.com/pages/product-detailJM3563.htm There seems to be a...
by Tarandros
Sun Nov 15, 2009 9:04 pm
Forum: Intermediate and Advanced Flute Topics
Topic: Opening of _Afternoon of a Faun_
Replies: 20
Views: 22201

You can sneak a breath in after the G natural in bar 2 and even at a pinch after the g natural in both the opening bars without damgaging the flow of the melody too much, with a very soft (soft as possible) i.e. inaudible tonguing of the A that follows it. The third bar doesn't have to be played wit...
by Tarandros
Sat Nov 14, 2009 9:31 pm
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: Resona by Burkart?
Replies: 3
Views: 6939

The main reference on the web page mentioned above was to a Spanish language flute site and the relevant article contained an abysmal automated translation, so as I know Spanish, I'll attempt a translation of my own. I'll also append the Spanish original for anyone who wants to see that and is famil...
by Tarandros
Sat Nov 14, 2009 8:22 pm
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: Wooden flute
Replies: 7
Views: 4385

The problem with wooden flutes is the price. I've tried budget ways of getting round the problem, for instance, getting a cheap vintage instrument that was high pitch and also buying a really cheap stock clearance wooden flute made in China. I wrote about a month or six weeks ago about the Chinese o...
by Tarandros
Sat Nov 14, 2009 8:12 pm
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: Embouchure slippage - problem solved.
Replies: 6
Views: 3262

Embouchure slippage - problem solved.

I've been having a lot of problems since returning to the flute with the lip plate slipping down my chin. To begin with, I used bits of masking tape or small sticky backed labels stuck to the lip plate to prevent this happening but it wasn't an ideal, permanent solution. Then I remembered seeing pho...
by Tarandros
Sat Nov 14, 2009 8:06 pm
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: What's Up with the Guo Grenaditte Flute These Days?
Replies: 7
Views: 7209

I also tried the Grenaditte flute in a shop and having played wooden flutes I'd say it actually sounds more like a metal flute with a wooden head. It's a lot less resistant than a wooden flute and has more projection. The same company, Guo flutes also make the Executer headjoint which is basically t...
by Tarandros
Sat Oct 03, 2009 1:29 pm
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: What sort of flute is this? (wood)
Replies: 2
Views: 1896

Re: What sort of flute is this? (wood)

So I have been researching around and about and the subtleties of wood flutes seem to be less than definite in distinguishing one from another in terms of type - if it matters! I have a flute that was given to me as a "baroque flute" so that is what I have always called it. It is non-keyed, in 3 se...
by Tarandros
Wed Sep 30, 2009 10:48 am
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: Will a cheap flute suit my needs?
Replies: 8
Views: 4391

Another option is to buy a used flute. I don't know what your budget is, but you can get used Buffet Crampon or Armstrong flutes on ebay for around £40. You'll probably still need to have the flute checked over by a technician so you'll still have to factor in another £20 or so. As mentioned by othe...
by Tarandros
Tue Sep 29, 2009 4:55 pm
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: Removing plugs from wooden flute open hole keys. Help!
Replies: 2
Views: 2890

It sounds like a bargain! I had a friend once who had a chance to buy a quality Eb flute because the store wanted to get rid of it (had been in storage for ages). They wanted $60 USD. What a steal. But, she didn't know what she was looking at, and passed on it. UGH! I would have snapped it right up...
by Tarandros
Mon Sep 28, 2009 1:30 pm
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: Removing plugs from wooden flute open hole keys. Help!
Replies: 2
Views: 2890

Removing plugs from wooden flute open hole keys. Help!

I was very lucky last week in being able to get a stock clearance new wooden flute for about $600! It had a couple of very minor cracks (less than the width of a hair) that were superficial, on the barrel. I've filled these using epoxy resin - this was largely the reason why this Chinese wooden flut...
by Tarandros
Wed Sep 16, 2009 5:05 am
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: Protecting old flutes
Replies: 8
Views: 4656

I've been very bipolar on the subject lately. On the subject of the platinum plated flute that I was convinced wasn't a silver flute, I later found out it was a heavy wall Brittiania silver flute. The similar instruments I had tried to the Altus were platinum clad muramatsu flutes. Being clad as yo...