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by bigbandaxes
Thu Sep 04, 2014 10:33 am
Forum: Flute Repair and Maintenance
Topic: Vibration/tumble polishing?
Replies: 10
Views: 7604

Re: Vibration/tumble polishing?

I use corn husks and powdered red rouge. Works great.
by bigbandaxes
Thu Aug 14, 2014 11:43 am
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: Traditional Irish Flute
Replies: 6
Views: 2875

Re: Traditional Irish Flute

Hammy Hamilton in Ireland. I have a flute and a pic. Love them. www.hamiltonflutes.com
by bigbandaxes
Wed Jun 04, 2014 1:53 pm
Forum: Flute Repair and Maintenance
Topic: Dentwork, metal work - hammers, burnishers and the like
Replies: 26
Views: 16932

Re: Dentwork, metal work - hammers, burnishers and the like

Funny you should ask about a head joint stuck on a tapered mandrel!!! About 15 years ago I had a Yamaha flute in for repair that needed some dents taken out of the head. So, following my usual procedure, I removed the head cork assembly, cleaned the bore of all foreign debris. Wiped down the mandrel...
by bigbandaxes
Thu May 22, 2014 11:54 am
Forum: Flute Repair and Maintenance
Topic: Repair Gig
Replies: 10
Views: 5617

Re: Repair Gig

Boy, this is a yin/yang type thing. I'm about to leave my very last repair gig. It's been 36 good years, but I'm ready to put away my tools. I bought homes, raised a family, worked very long hours during rental seasons, and had a good life. Good luck to you. Just remember 3 things, the customer is a...
by bigbandaxes
Mon May 12, 2014 10:55 am
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: Review of new Grenaditte Flute
Replies: 29
Views: 28040

Re: Review of new Grenaditte Flute

For sound files go to youtube and search Gerardo Hernandez. Here's on quick link. As soon as I can afford one I'm taking the plunge.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=adhPGZ942OM
by bigbandaxes
Mon Apr 28, 2014 6:46 am
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: My dream flute - how do I find one?
Replies: 2
Views: 1438

Re: My dream flute - how do I find one?

The mid 50's Conns are surprisingly capable after a little TLC.
by bigbandaxes
Sun Apr 27, 2014 10:51 am
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: My dream flute - how do I find one?
Replies: 2
Views: 1438

My dream flute - how do I find one?

So, I've decided I want to upgrade to a sterling flute, but I want a vintage one. My desired flute is a Conn model 28-O. I've had the opportunity to play one and loved it. The problem is I cannot find one for sale. One recently sold on ebay but unfortunately I missed the auction. Other than constant...
by bigbandaxes
Fri Apr 25, 2014 6:47 am
Forum: Flute Repair and Maintenance
Topic: Germophobe Paranoia
Replies: 2
Views: 2139

Re: Germophobe Paranoia

If this is the direction things are going, I'm glad I'm about to retire from the repair trade. I won't have to vacuum pack my golf clubs!!!!
by bigbandaxes
Thu Apr 10, 2014 7:06 am
Forum: Flute Repair and Maintenance
Topic: sloppy B key
Replies: 14
Views: 5929

Re: sloppy B key

Congratulations on swedging success, I think. I wish I would have seen this thread sooner. My advice would have been to first determine why the B key was sloppy and had a lot of side play. To jump immediately to swedging might have been a mistake. Yes, it relieved the side play, but might have left ...
by bigbandaxes
Mon Mar 31, 2014 11:48 am
Forum: Flute Repair and Maintenance
Topic: Just made a new stopper
Replies: 4
Views: 2674

Re: Just made a new stopper

Very debateable I guess that's the nature of "performance enhancing" accessories and musical instruments. I understand it's VERY subjective. To make sure my brain wasn't playing tricks on me I went back and forth between the OEM cork plate assembly and this new stopper several times over a two day ...
by bigbandaxes
Mon Mar 31, 2014 11:42 am
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: Interesting Armstrong
Replies: 4
Views: 1628

Re: Interesting Armstrong

Sorry, no pics, customer has already picked it up. I asked about buying it and the answer was no. Darn, it rally played that good.
by bigbandaxes
Fri Mar 28, 2014 5:35 pm
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: Interesting Armstrong
Replies: 4
Views: 1628

Re: Interesting Armstrong

http://www.conn-selmer.com/en-us/our-instruments/band-instruments/flutes/102/ Thanks Joe, I found that one on the Conn-Smellmer site too, but it's not the same. It has an offset double G. The one I worked on was an inline double G and had a super thin walled body and head. So thin, in fact, that th...
by bigbandaxes
Fri Mar 28, 2014 12:58 pm
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: Interesting Armstrong
Replies: 4
Views: 1628

Interesting Armstrong

I just finished up a re-pad on an interesting old Armstrong flute that I cannot find any info on . It's a model 102, but it is closed hole, in-line, silver plate. And the wall thickness is very thin. I've been repairing musical instruments for 35 years and have never come across one like this before...
by bigbandaxes
Wed Mar 26, 2014 11:53 am
Forum: Flute Repair and Maintenance
Topic: Just made a new stopper
Replies: 4
Views: 2674

Just made a new stopper

I'm lucky to be a repairman and have a lathe. I read about these and decided to make myself one. I really thought it was just BS. I didn't think that just changing the way you block the tube at the top end could effect tone, but I was surprised to find it made a big difference in my 1940's vintage C...