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by SylvreKat
Fri Sep 21, 2018 10:03 pm
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: Band gloating
Replies: 4
Views: 195

Re: Band gloating

Sorry, malc, I missed your post. I feel your pain of small band size. There was a time when we were probably doing not much better than your band. Mr Badsky even paid a friend to play drum set for us, 'cause we had no percussionists whatsoever. There were maybe five flutes tops, and fewer of everyon...
by SylvreKat
Fri Sep 21, 2018 7:57 am
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: Hello all, new guy here with a Q about flute ergonomics.
Replies: 2
Views: 21

Re: Hello all, new guy here with a Q about flute ergonomics.

Just did a quickie google--

https://www.flutes4sale.com/products/gem-2spch (if you're in Am)

https://www.alangregory.co.uk/music/Cur ... lutes.html (if you're in Eng)

Probably others, if you look a bit harder.

Good luck!

>'Kat
by SylvreKat
Fri Sep 21, 2018 7:49 am
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: Hello all, new guy here with a Q about flute ergonomics.
Replies: 2
Views: 21

Re: Hello all, new guy here with a Q about flute ergonomics.

Why not see if any of your local music stores has a curved-head student flute to rent? Or try wwbw.com, or any of the other online stores--most will give you at least a few days to try out an instrument. The curved head joint will make the flute considerably shorter, which might help prevent any iss...
by SylvreKat
Fri Sep 21, 2018 7:28 am
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: Silversonic flute identification? Not Sankyo
Replies: 1
Views: 20

Re: Silversonic flute identification? Not Sankyo

Just taking a guess, but based on that "superised" isn't an actual English word, maybe a Chinese flute?

>'Kat
by SylvreKat
Sat Sep 08, 2018 8:41 pm
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: Band gloating
Replies: 4
Views: 195

Re: Band gloating

I believe there's maybe around 120 on the roster. Like I said, we very rarely get everyone at once. I think we usually average around 70-80 at a concert, which is just about the right size and instrumentation. Nevermind Wagner. I'm working on convincing our director we need to take on some Morton Go...
by SylvreKat
Wed Sep 05, 2018 9:25 pm
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: Band gloating
Replies: 4
Views: 195

Band gloating

The gal in charge of the programs for the Civic Band's concerts just emailed the official roster. And I just have to gloat. FIVE oboes! Yes, FIVE! THREE bassoons! THREE bass clarinets! ELEVEN french horns! Freakin' ELEVEN!! We have more frenchies than trombones, more than all the saxes (although we ...
by SylvreKat
Tue Aug 28, 2018 6:05 am
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: Thumb Problems
Replies: 2
Views: 178

Re: Thumb Problems

I've played with a brace on my right wrist/thumb with no difficulties. In fact, it really helped out--I had the equivalent of carpal tunnel in my thumb. The brace gave good support and kept my thumb from hurting worse. Can't say though how one on the left thumb would affect playing. I'd think it wou...
by SylvreKat
Mon Aug 27, 2018 9:40 pm
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: Principal Flutists -- Would You Do This?
Replies: 8
Views: 308

Re: Principal Flutists -- Would You Do This?

Her name isn't Jean, is it? Seriously, having someone like that in charge of the section really does make it lots less fun for everyone else. Not that the rest of us were really yenning for solos or anything, but having the option to say yes or no is always nice. You'll laugh at this--there have bee...
by SylvreKat
Sun Aug 26, 2018 10:47 pm
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: Principal Flutists -- Would You Do This?
Replies: 8
Views: 308

Re: Principal Flutists -- Would You Do This?

Oh--as for how I'd have handled it, I would've told the principal I wasn't willing to risk the band sounding like crap in case new gal wasn't up to it, or if she freaked 'cause she came in but nobody else did, so quit playing. And would've played anyways. My first couple of years in the Civic Band, ...
by SylvreKat
Sun Aug 26, 2018 10:38 pm
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: Principal Flutists -- Would You Do This?
Replies: 8
Views: 308

Re: Principal Flutists -- Would You Do This?

I agree that's pretty dirty cricket. And it makes me even gladder about my Civic Band. Everyone pretty much picks the part they're comfortable with. And I trust if someone's struggling, they'll either come to me or talk with their neighbors. Or a neighbor will talk with me. After all, I've no idea h...
by SylvreKat
Tue Aug 14, 2018 5:51 am
Forum: Intermediate and Advanced Flute Topics
Topic: Support for junior student showcase
Replies: 1
Views: 200

Re: Support for junior student showcase

I'm guessing the school doesn't finance anything towards it? Or have you checked to see if they'll provide for some of the cost? Point out that the school pays to send the athletic teams to away games. Otherwise, I suppose if your junior student doesn't want to do odd jobs like mowing or babysitting...
by SylvreKat
Thu Aug 09, 2018 7:55 pm
Forum: Flute Playing and Practicing Basics
Topic: Good or bad?
Replies: 1
Views: 197

Good or bad?

As I typed my reply to another post, it occurred to me that I should ask y'alles if I'm doing a good or bad thing in my practice habit. I typically practice on my "good" flute, the Armstrong. It's not quite as responsive, and the keys are less springy and quick, and it just has never liked its lowes...
by SylvreKat
Thu Aug 09, 2018 7:49 pm
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: Digital flute music... is it the end of print???
Replies: 4
Views: 410

Re: Digital flute music... is it the end of print???

I seem to prefer printed still. Having written that, my iPad is indispensable for playing the piano parts for the Civic Jazz. There are several songs that are 8-10 pages (that's 2-3 for the rest of the band, fyi). Even with two stands, there wasn't enough real estate to hold all that. And since many...
by SylvreKat
Tue Jul 24, 2018 9:22 pm
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: Help tracking down my instruments history
Replies: 5
Views: 422

Re: Help tracking down my instruments history

Yeah, your poor camera really did NOT like the shiny, did it? I just got up and looked at my Gemi picc. The model is between Elkhart and the serial. Which I see nothing on yours. Do you have a repairman? If so, you can at least take it there and he can determine what the springs are. And have you tr...
by SylvreKat
Sun Jul 22, 2018 1:13 pm
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: Help tracking down my instruments history
Replies: 5
Views: 422

Re: Help tracking down my instruments history

Just to illustrate the confusion about dates-- My 4S was made in 1982, per Gemeinhardt's agent looking up its serial number. So they obviously made the 4S model prior to 2006. :D Can you post a sharp photo of the area around Gemi's logo? Maybe one of us will spot the model, which you might be overlo...

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