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by wally
Tue Dec 25, 2012 6:13 pm
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: Your recommendations for intermediate flutes $1500-$2800
Replies: 14
Views: 7873

Re: Your recommendations for intermediate flutes $1500-$2800

Nashi-nashi (Ari?)

Your English is good enough that probably no one here would have thought you weren't a native speaker.

From your handle name I was going to say "Japan" .....
by wally
Mon Dec 17, 2012 12:26 pm
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: B/Bb thumbkey springing ..... a question
Replies: 5
Views: 2878

Re: B/Bb thumbkey springing ..... a question

Thanks Steve, the bit about tensioning the B key spring makes perfect sense. I think the one on my Yamaha 225sii is sprung too tight. Another thought occurred to me, that maybe the old felt underneath the Bb lever touch might be a tad too firm, thin, or compressed. I have a couple of flutes with the...
by wally
Sun Dec 09, 2012 8:00 pm
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: Old vs New -- Opinions pls
Replies: 11
Views: 2916

Re: Old vs New -- Opinions pls

Then I have to eat crow for not doing any due diligence. I also noticed in one of those links that Miles Davis professionally performs on flute and picc in addition to a number of other instruments. (Actually I thought Miles Davis might be a storefront instead of an individual, apologies for that to...
by wally
Sun Dec 09, 2012 5:07 pm
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: B/Bb thumbkey springing ..... a question
Replies: 5
Views: 2878

Re: B/Bb thumbkey springing ..... a question

Most probably the lack of a spring in the Thumb Bb lever is because the actual Bb key already has a spring, the motion being transmitted by the conection between the Bb thumb and the Bb Key Kicker. BTW, have you ever observed if the other brands that have a spring in the Bb Thumb lever also have a ...
by wally
Sun Dec 09, 2012 3:22 pm
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: Old vs New -- Opinions pls
Replies: 11
Views: 2916

Re: Old vs New -- Opinions pls

Missy, since you added a bit of info, let me add another comment question or two. First, I don't mean to offend anyone by this, but Miles Davis in Kentucky probably isn't a flute specialist. More likely an ebay specialist or high-volume sales specialist (nothing wrong implied by that). Maybe they do...
by wally
Sun Dec 09, 2012 1:11 pm
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: Old vs New -- Opinions pls
Replies: 11
Views: 2916

Re: Old vs New -- Opinions pls

Phineas is on the money. Altus flutes are intoxicating but your Sankyo isn't any less so; it's a monster flute with a modern scale and headjoint that just needs a couple of leaks or adjustments attended to. Put it in the right hands and get that done before trialing any candidate replacements becaus...
by wally
Tue Dec 04, 2012 11:47 am
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: B/Bb thumbkey springing ..... a question
Replies: 5
Views: 2878

B/Bb thumbkey springing ..... a question

Apologies if this has already been well-discussed.... I'm a long-term (= terminal) entry-level player so I have lots of experience with entry-level flutes ... from low-end Andreas Eastman to high-end Muramatsu, with multiple Yamahas, Pearls, Jupiters, Kotake, Altus etc thrown in between over the yea...
by wally
Tue Nov 27, 2012 9:30 pm
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: Altus Flutes
Replies: 11
Views: 3626

Re: Altus Flutes

No experience with the distributor or retailers here in the US. I have played a sum total of one Altus and it was the basic closed-hole 807, their entry-level model, purchased a used one in Japan. Extremely easy-blowing headjoint. Beautiful voice, far beyond my expectations. William Bennett scale. S...
by wally
Tue Nov 27, 2012 4:43 pm
Forum: Flute Playing and Practicing Basics
Topic: A good sight reading book for flute?
Replies: 3
Views: 1834

Re: A good sight reading book for flute?

Joseph Viola (Berklee Music) has a series out for flute (and sax) with one volume devoted to rhythm studies. Fairly challenging syncopated sight-reading material. http://www.amazon.com/TECHNIQUE-RHYTHM-STUDIES-Berkeley-Series/dp/B000J5IXP0/ref=sr_1_16?ie=UTF8&qid=1354056148&sr=8-16&keywords=joseph+v...
by wally
Sat Mar 06, 2010 4:12 pm
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: Can Not Play Anything in the Lower Octave
Replies: 3
Views: 1318

Could be several things going on or compounding the problem, but for starters .... If you press your G and the lower of the two pads seems to be not completely sealing, that would probably be the prime suspect. If the flute is one of those with the split-E mechanics, the usual "double-G" key is spli...
by wally
Sun Feb 28, 2010 12:05 pm
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: Waterlogged Pads or ? (Shout-out for tech advice )
Replies: 2
Views: 1176

This was never an issue on the other flutes I trialled or any flutes I've owned for that matter. suffice to say, I didn't end up buying that Altus. Yeah, never experienced anything like it myself ... I did a bit more research and found that the noise-reducing paper under the adjusting screws is a r...
by wally
Sun Feb 28, 2010 11:46 am
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: Looking for advice: Selling flutes, values, etc.
Replies: 10
Views: 1927

I was commenting on wally's post.

Actually they worked me out a great deal.
Well....I'm fairly Pearl illiterate tho' I'm sure I'd be delighted with even a new 505...

If Pearl took your flute in on the trade-up, excellent! Far better than dealing with the denizens of flea-bay...
by wally
Sat Feb 27, 2010 11:08 am
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: Waterlogged Pads or ? (Shout-out for tech advice )
Replies: 2
Views: 1176

Waterlogged Pads or ? (Shout-out for tech advice )

I'm currently "trialing" a used Altus A807E and thinking of buying it. This flute -seems- to be in perfect adjustment, with probably the smoothest fastest lightest mechanism I've ever encountered. Because I practice most evenings for 1-2 hr in a fairly cool (45-55 F) garage at this time of year, it'...
by wally
Fri Feb 26, 2010 5:51 pm
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: Looking for advice: Selling flutes, values, etc.
Replies: 10
Views: 1927

$2699 gets free shipping and same feature set, through wwbw, plus 45-day return policy, for that Pearl, new. http://www.wwbw.com/Pearl-Flutes-795-Elegante-Series-Flute-466959-i1427791.wwbw This exact model on ebay (US) might not even sell new for $2200. http://cgi.ebay.com/PEARL-795RBECD-SEMI-PRO-FL...
by wally
Sat Feb 06, 2010 6:40 pm
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: Pearl, the Tone with a Bone....
Replies: 5
Views: 1499

Okay, thanks, I won't worry about how old it is ... definitely 'old enough' and been around the block a few times. I think I may keep it for myself, not sure yet but one more flute doesn't take up much shelf space here, heh heh... I could see selling my Yamaha before letting this one go.... I carefu...

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