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by pied_piper
Tue Jun 12, 2018 9:50 pm
Forum: Flute Repair and Maintenance
Topic: Repair or Replace advice
Replies: 5
Views: 171

Re: Repair or Replace advice

You may be comparing apples to oranges. The first guy quoted you an overhaul vs the second who quoted a repad. A repad only normally replaces all the pads, corks, and felts but no mechanical work is included. If the flute is truly in great condition (no key wear that causes side-to-side movement), t...
by pied_piper
Mon Jun 11, 2018 10:26 am
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: Combining Instruments?
Replies: 2
Views: 185

Re: Combining Instruments?

Each combination has a unique sound and the choice depends upon the effect desired.
by pied_piper
Mon Jun 11, 2018 10:18 am
Forum: Flute Repair and Maintenance
Topic: Repair or Replace advice
Replies: 5
Views: 171

Re: Repair or Replace advice

A Gemeinhardt 3SB is a respectable flute and worthy of a repad/overhaul. However, in my opinion, it does not warrant putting Straubinger pads on it. Straubinger pads require a lot of detailed attention and prep work and that is a large part of the extra cost. If the flute is in otherwise good condit...
by pied_piper
Sat Jun 02, 2018 9:10 pm
Forum: Flute Playing and Practicing Basics
Topic: Piccolo High Register
Replies: 7
Views: 5408

Re: Piccolo High Register

Well, yes. Anyone can play those notes with an incorrect fingering, but that doesn't make them right. Just check any flute or piccolo fingering chart. The right pinky is included on most notes for a reason. The notes SOUND CORRECT with the right pinky depressed.
by pied_piper
Sat Jun 02, 2018 11:20 am
Forum: Intermediate Flute Playing Tips and Questions
Topic: Is a split E necessary?
Replies: 2
Views: 263

Re: Is a split E necessary?

The split E has one purpose: it makes the third octave E a little easier to play. Is it helpful? Yes, for some. Is it necessary? No. I do not have a split E on my flute and I get along quite well without it. I do however have an E facilitator (sometimes called a donut because of its shape). The E fa...
by pied_piper
Wed May 30, 2018 9:12 pm
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: Value of My Haynes 1936 Commercial Flute
Replies: 1
Views: 229

Re: Value of My Haynes 1936 Commercial Flute

Check eBay SOLD prices or take it to a store for a price assessment.
by pied_piper
Wed May 30, 2018 9:11 pm
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: How do I find out the value of my Artley Eb flute?
Replies: 1
Views: 106

Re: How do I find out the value of my Artley Eb flute?

Check eBay SOLD prices or take it to a store for a price assessment.
by pied_piper
Wed May 30, 2018 9:09 pm
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: Muramatsu flute with Miyazawa head joint
Replies: 1
Views: 109

Re: Muramatsu flute with Miyazawa head joint

I play a Muramatsu AD which is the predecessor of the DS. I play it with a 14K white gold David Williams headjoint. It's actually fairly common for some to use different headjoints than the brand of flute.
by pied_piper
Wed May 30, 2018 8:58 pm
Forum: Intermediate Flute Playing Tips and Questions
Topic: I need a step-up flute but...
Replies: 4
Views: 229

Re: I need a step-up flute but...

My budget is below $1000... Yikes. I found a used Jupiter DiMedici on eBay, it seems to be in good condition, but I'm afraid to risk it. I also found and Armstrong but I've heard mostly bad things about those. My band teacher also recommended that I get a flute with open holes and a B foot. OK, now...
by pied_piper
Tue May 29, 2018 5:15 pm
Forum: Intermediate Flute Playing Tips and Questions
Topic: I need a step-up flute but...
Replies: 4
Views: 229

Re: I need a step-up flute but...

A "tight budget " and "reasonably priced" are not definitive enough for someone to offer much in the way of help. Are you stepping up from a beginner flute to and intermediate? Intermediate level flutes cover a broad price range from around $1000 up to perhaps $3000 or $4000. If you tell us your bud...
by pied_piper
Tue May 29, 2018 4:34 pm
Forum: Flute Basics
Topic: Beginner lessons
Replies: 2
Views: 314

Re: Beginner lessons

Weekly lessons are best to help keep you from developing bad habits. Half-hour minimum but one hour is better. Some teachers will do 1/2 hour but some won't.
by pied_piper
Sat May 12, 2018 1:54 pm
Forum: Flute Playing and Practicing Basics
Topic: I struggle to play the 2/3 lowest notes on my alto flute !
Replies: 3
Views: 196

Re: I struggle to play the 2/3 lowest notes on my alto flute !

It's not unusual to struggle a bit when first switching from C flute to alto flute. The alto requires a looser embouchure so there is a period of adjustment. The C flute also uses a faster air stream than alto, so just relax your lips more than usual and blow gently at first. Practice playing long t...
by pied_piper
Tue May 08, 2018 9:43 pm
Forum: Flute Basics
Topic: Lessons in Northwest Connecticut
Replies: 0
Views: 148

Re: Lessons in Northwest Connecticut

Try contacting a nearby University music department, orchestra, musicians union, music store, or even a nearby high school band director. One of those should be able to supply some local names for you to consider.
by pied_piper
Wed May 02, 2018 8:16 pm
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: Straubinger vs Muramatsu pads
Replies: 5
Views: 485

Re: Straubinger vs Muramatsu pads

I have no personal experience dealing with Winds101. I've heard both favorable and unfavorable comments. There have been a few mentions of Winds101 and Liz (the owner) on this board. If you search from the Fluteland main page, you should find a few comments. As far as I knew, Winds101 is a small one...

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