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by pied_piper
Mon Apr 15, 2019 8:06 pm
Forum: Flute Repair and Maintenance
Topic: Which flute should I use for my recital?
Replies: 2
Views: 54

Re: Which flute should I use for my recital?

I don't have any significant experience with either of those particular flutes, but in general, you should choose the one that sounds best to you and that you feel most comfortable playing. No one can tell you which of those is best for YOU.
by pied_piper
Fri Mar 29, 2019 7:37 pm
Forum: Flute Repair and Maintenance
Topic: Questions about repair/technician work
Replies: 1
Views: 234

Re: Questions about repair/technician work

First, buy yourself a good book about band instrument repair. That will be the best way to get started. If you are only interested in flute repair, get this one: http://www.jlsmithco.com/books/servicing-the-flute-by-j-l-smith If you want to repair all of the woodwind instruments, get this: http://ww...
by pied_piper
Thu Feb 28, 2019 9:06 pm
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: Armstrong model 85
Replies: 2
Views: 264

Re: Armstrong model 85

You are correct. There is not much info about the Model 85. I suspect that it may be a short-lived but slightly later version of the Model 80. The Model 800B seems to be the current equivalent model. Around the time of the Model 80, Armstrong also produced a sterling silver closed hole flute designa...
by pied_piper
Tue Feb 26, 2019 8:51 pm
Forum: Flute Repair and Maintenance
Topic: Silver content
Replies: 2
Views: 373

Re: Silver content

The parts of an "all-silver" flute that are not made from silver include: - Pivot screws - Hinge rods - Hinge pins (except flutes with a pinless mechanism) - Adjusting screws (when used) - Pads - Pad retainers or grommets vary - some are silver, some not. - Headjoint stopper and cork - Felt and cork...
by pied_piper
Sat Feb 23, 2019 6:54 pm
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: What's special about two flutes in one case? I believe they're an Armstrong#80 and #24 picolo solid silver
Replies: 1
Views: 195

Re: What's special about two flutes in one case? I believe they're an Armstrong#80 and #24 picolo solid silver

There is nothing special about a dual flute/piccolo case. There are lots out there. Here's a couple of random images I found online. https://thumbs.worthpoint.com/zoom/images1/360/1114/26/armstrong-303b-open-hole-flute-204_360_7045e78c0c194f5d3ce032869782139a.jpg http://usedpiccolo.biz/wp-content/im...
by pied_piper
Sat Feb 23, 2019 6:39 pm
Forum: Flute Repair and Maintenance
Topic: Silver content
Replies: 2
Views: 373

Re: Silver content

Silver flutes have the same amount of energy as plated flutes. Both have 0 energy. The only energy in a flute is what the player puts into it.

All of the flutes you listed should be solid silver or even sterling silver.
by pied_piper
Tue Feb 19, 2019 7:20 pm
Forum: Flute Basics
Topic: Tips for middle octave for beginner please!
Replies: 2
Views: 310

Re: Tips for middle octave for beginner please!

Well, it's not unusual for beginners to have an airy tone. Usually, it's because the embouchure (lip position) is too open which causes air to "spill" outside of the embouchure hole of the flute. That will also make it difficult to reach the upper notes. Practice long tones and work to get the best ...
by pied_piper
Sun Feb 10, 2019 6:02 pm
Forum: Flute Playing and Practicing Basics
Topic: First day newbie embouchure question.
Replies: 6
Views: 736

Re: First day newbie embouchure question.

You didn't mention if your flute is closed hole or open hole. Open hole flutes can be challenging because it's easy for a finger to slip off the hole and that makes it impossible to play any lower notes. Also, be sure to ask your teacher to try your flute. That way you will know if it is you or the ...
by pied_piper
Wed Feb 06, 2019 8:46 pm
Forum: Flute Playing and Practicing Basics
Topic: First day newbie embouchure question.
Replies: 6
Views: 736

Re: First day newbie embouchure question.

You are quite welcome. Check in again and let us know how it's going!

Also, I recalled another resource that may help a beginning flutist. Read thru this and watch some of the videos that linked on that page.

http://www.jennifercluff.com/beginn.htm
by pied_piper
Tue Feb 05, 2019 9:52 pm
Forum: Flute Playing and Practicing Basics
Topic: First day newbie embouchure question.
Replies: 6
Views: 736

Re: First day newbie embouchure question.

It takes a little time to be able to center-in on the embouchure. Most likely what is happening is that when you try with the whole flute, it is causing you to pull the embouchure hole to the right and that is preventing you achieving a good, reliable sound. Practice in front of a mirror. Do it firs...
by pied_piper
Tue Jan 29, 2019 4:31 pm
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: Yamaha YPC 32 Picc Headjoint Upgrade??
Replies: 1
Views: 293

Re: Yamaha YPC 32 Picc Headjoint Upgrade??

Contact Adam Petry at Pettry Flutes and Piccolos. He is a piccolo specialist and custom manufactures piccolo heads. He also makes adapters so that his heads will fit most piccolos.

https://www.pettrypiccolos.com/
by pied_piper
Tue Jan 29, 2019 4:25 pm
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: What kind of flutes do you own?
Replies: 1
Views: 828

Re: What kind of flutes do you own?

My main flute is a Muramatsu AD but I have a Pearl and Armstrong for backup.
by pied_piper
Fri Jan 25, 2019 3:46 pm
Forum: Intermediate Flute Playing Tips and Questions
Topic: Going from a low e flat to a low c quickly
Replies: 1
Views: 401

Re: Going from a low e flat to a low c quickly

Rub your RH pinky finger where your nose and cheek join. That area tends to be more oily and getting the skin oil on your pinky finger makes it easier to slide between the Eb and C keys. Depending upon the other notes in that section, you may be able to tie the C key closed and then just open the Eb...
by pied_piper
Fri Jan 25, 2019 3:43 pm
Forum: Flute Repair and Maintenance
Topic: B Key Dead
Replies: 1
Views: 435

Re: B Key Dead

Are you referring to the LH thumb key or the LH 1st finger?
by pied_piper
Mon Jan 21, 2019 10:41 pm
Forum: Flute Repair and Maintenance
Topic: Repadding Powell 2100
Replies: 4
Views: 447

Re: Repadding Powell 2100

First, you really don't want to put soft pads in a Powell 2100. If you don't like the Straubinger pads, they can be replaced with thin, pressed felt pads. They are available to flute technicians in sizes to fit any flute including your Powell 2100. It wasn't clear from your message if you are thinki...

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