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by Silversorcerer
Sat Sep 21, 2013 1:22 pm
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: What is your favourite beginner flute? Has it been ousted?
Replies: 64
Views: 31876

Re: What is your favourite beginner flute? Has it been ouste

Trust me, I am quite well versed in the history and mechanics of flute and scaling design Then you understand what a "corps de rechange" is, and you realize that the existence of such is evidence that flute makers 150 years ago knew that any change in pitch standard required not only that the flute...
by Silversorcerer
Thu Sep 19, 2013 4:50 pm
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: What is your favourite beginner flute? Has it been ousted?
Replies: 64
Views: 31876

Re: What is your favourite beginner flute? Has it been ouste

There are others who aren't in the Cooper Bennett cult;- and some are probably much more experienced than I am. If you wish to know more, just google flute scales and intonation and you'll see that scale preferences are quite subjective among pro players. There are blogs I could direct you to, but I...
by Silversorcerer
Thu Sep 19, 2013 8:01 am
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: Need info on a flute I purchased...
Replies: 8
Views: 4949

Re: Need info on a flute I purchased...

Would you say it is a good student/beginner flute? I know nothing about flutes, but my 7 year old would like to take lessons. If it is indeed a Bettoney Cadet, it was built as a student instrument. But as above stated, it probably was built for a 10-12 year beginner. No age is too young if the stud...
by Silversorcerer
Thu Sep 19, 2013 7:42 am
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: Equal Opportunity Moderation! - Please Read
Replies: 4
Views: 21499

Re: Equal Opportunity Moderation! - Please Read

All things in moderation, and most particularly moderation.
by Silversorcerer
Thu Sep 19, 2013 6:52 am
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: What is your favourite beginner flute? Has it been ousted?
Replies: 64
Views: 31876

Re: What is your favourite beginner flute? Has it been ouste

Piedpiper, I have asked you numerous questions, but instead of answering these questions you simply point to some nebulous qualifications that imply that people should accept an expert opinion that flies in the face of physical evidence. I'll ask you a few more questions but we'll assume from now on...
by Silversorcerer
Wed Sep 18, 2013 3:49 pm
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: Maybe it's the weather?
Replies: 5
Views: 3442

Re: Maybe it's the weather?

Assuming the instruments are optimal at 75F, my next question is what is the typical performance temperture? Even indoors it's more like 68F. Converting to Celcius, that is a difference of 4 degrees C. That would result in a woodwind pitch change of 4x3= 12 cents. That's a pretty substantial effect ...
by Silversorcerer
Wed Sep 18, 2013 9:57 am
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: Maybe it's the weather?
Replies: 5
Views: 3442

Maybe it's the weather?

What is Standard operating temperature for a flute? What temperature is it built to be in tune at? What are the ramifications of a cooler room when playing with bunch of folks that can simply change the tension of the strings to adjust? We can't do much about ambient temperature, and we certainly ca...
by Silversorcerer
Tue Sep 17, 2013 10:27 pm
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: Need info on a flute I purchased...
Replies: 8
Views: 4949

Re: Need info on a flute I purchased...

My guess would be it is probably worth about what you paid for it because the way to measure worth is to exchange something for currency. You can see what other Bettoney Cadets sell for at auction. One of the Conn Director Bettoneys sold today on ebay. It will show up in a search for completed trans...
by Silversorcerer
Tue Sep 17, 2013 4:36 pm
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: Need info on a flute I purchased...
Replies: 8
Views: 4949

Re: Need info on a flute I purchased...

I guess the easiest way to confirm who built the Mystery Metro Lockie flute;- it seems perfectly logical;- is to bring the question to forum where knowledge is shared among a large number of flute enthusiasts. I compared a Metro Lockie flute, # BN 5905 to Bettoney Cadet #BN10764 and Bettoney Cadet #...
by Silversorcerer
Tue Sep 17, 2013 2:26 pm
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: What is your favourite beginner flute? Has it been ousted?
Replies: 64
Views: 31876

Re: What is your favourite beginner flute? Has it been ouste

Finally, I'll end with this: The '57 Chevy is a classic car which I greatly admire and have enjoyed driving in the past. A return to a classic car can be an interesting diversion, however, it's not a car I would want to use for my daily commute. I prefer the comfort and reliability of a more modern...
by Silversorcerer
Tue Sep 17, 2013 11:41 am
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: ELD Emerson flute serial question
Replies: 1
Views: 1437

Re: ELD Emerson flute serial question

I saw this addressed on another forum by someone who was an Emerson employee. I can't give you specific dates, but just the sequence of logo locations. The first ones had the ELD in an oval on the body of the flute. The next placement was on the barrel with the same oval surrounding the monogram. Th...
by Silversorcerer
Tue Sep 17, 2013 11:36 am
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: Artley piccolo
Replies: 2
Views: 4137

Re: Artley piccolo

I see Artley piccolos from time to time on ebay. Look there. Generally a solid silver instrument will have a notification on each silver part. The only "material" specific serial sequences I know of are Gemeinhardt, which indirectly identifies the material by the model and serial batch association, ...
by Silversorcerer
Tue Sep 17, 2013 11:30 am
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: What brands of flutes are sizecomparable to the Armstrong 90
Replies: 3
Views: 1622

Re: What brands of flutes are sizecomparable to the Armstron

The Armstrong 90 is a closed hole / offset model. Any C flute that is closed hole and offset will have about the same key positions. I have seen some offset open hole flutes, but these are a little on the rare side. I think if a person has shorter fingers and wishes to play open holes, the offset op...
by Silversorcerer
Tue Sep 17, 2013 11:10 am
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: How do you find out the value of a used flute?
Replies: 3
Views: 25771

Re: How do you find out the value of a used flute?

The listings on ebay tend toward two extremes. It is dominated by people selling something they are not familiar with. The prices on flutes often reflect an "as is" condition because the seller is unable to play test the instrument. At the other end of the spectrum are those who can probably demonst...
by Silversorcerer
Tue Sep 17, 2013 10:51 am
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: Need info on a flute I purchased...
Replies: 8
Views: 4949

Re: Need info on a flute I purchased...

Not all stencil instruments originate in China, although it is certainly the case that most of them sold in the USA new today do. The Metro Lockie Music Exchange of Los Angeles once stenciled Bettoney Cadet models, which were very nice beginner flutes built in Boston, Massachusetts for many years. I...