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by JButky
Sun Sep 20, 2009 10:59 am
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: Purchasing an Alto Flute
Replies: 13
Views: 6813

A word about curved vs straight alto heads... The sole advantage of a curved headjoint is for physical comfort. A curve in the headjoint can do weird things to the aircolumn and there are a lot of people who have a preference towards the one one plays over the other. I myself prefer the tone and res...
by JButky
Sun Sep 20, 2009 10:43 am
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: Old French Pad Washers (Screws metric or not?)
Replies: 2
Views: 1760

Re: Old French Pad Washers (Screws metric or not?)

My problem is that I will probably need to make a couple washers but I can't quite measure the screw-thread pitch. Closest fit I can get is about a 78 TPI on an Imperial gauge, and nothing seems to match with my metric gauge. Maybe a .40 would be close, but still .... Most of the English threads in...
by JButky
Sat Sep 19, 2009 7:25 am
Forum: Intermediate Flute Playing Tips and Questions
Topic: purchasing new ?intermediate/pre-professional flute
Replies: 15
Views: 10955

It's not a question of what will last longer. Mechanisms wear over time without exception. Silver keywork is found on Pro flutes because it is much easier to "work" and finish. Plated keys take more effort and then you have plating to deal with after working the key when doing mechanical work. As lo...
by JButky
Thu Sep 17, 2009 12:15 pm
Forum: Intermediate and Advanced Flute Topics
Topic: searching pieces for flute solo
Replies: 27
Views: 18173

You could throw an etude in the mix too. The Kohler Romantic Etudes are nice as are many of the other etudes.

The Transcriptions of the Bach unaccompanied Cello Suites for Flute are also very nice (although not originally written for Flute)
by JButky
Tue Sep 15, 2009 7:40 am
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: Protecting old flutes
Replies: 8
Views: 4546

I should have been more clear. There is no tarnish anymore, part of the complete overhaul. You answer my question though as to whether or not it would tarnish underneath the plating. The upkeep on silver that old is indeed a pain and was hoping for a solution to make it more resistant like newer fl...
by JButky
Mon Sep 14, 2009 7:58 pm
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: Protecting old flutes
Replies: 8
Views: 4546

Re: Protecting old flutes

Hello everyone, I am new to this site. I am curious about the effects of plating on a flute. I have an almost 100 year old flute that plays well and is solid silver. Right now it has no tarnish and would like ot keep it that way. Does anyone know or have experiance with plating to prevent further t...
by JButky
Tue Sep 08, 2009 11:47 am
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: Needing help with Haynes
Replies: 2
Views: 1947

Just post what you want to know, we can all answer.

I've restored quite a few of these. What questions do you need answers for?
by JButky
Thu Sep 03, 2009 6:30 pm
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: Just curious about different types of flutes ....
Replies: 14
Views: 7359

Don't take everything I wrote in that post as fact. I wasn't aware that both types of arms are separate at first. But, if done by machine alone (created then soldered together), they would all be perfectly uniform. I'm just guessing that the reason they are more expensive is because they are harder...
by JButky
Thu Sep 03, 2009 11:47 am
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: Just curious about different types of flutes ....
Replies: 14
Views: 7359

Because I think y'all are right -- the open-hole, pointed arm flutes are more expensive, and I think that is a sales gimmick to get people to spend more money. All pearl flutes come with Pointed arms, even our entry model. Other companies are starting to offer more pointed arms on the entry models....
by JButky
Mon Aug 31, 2009 6:27 pm
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: which golden 14k flute?
Replies: 58
Views: 35209

pied_piper wrote:I think Joe's point is that precision machining can (and does) supplement and improve upon what can be accomplished solely by hand crafting a flute.


I suspect they are not alone...
Yes, exactly...so what is "handmade"?
by JButky
Mon Aug 31, 2009 7:52 am
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: I am at a loss! What kind of flute do I own?
Replies: 2
Views: 2006

It's pretty much a simple 6 hole wooden flute (with a fipple) They are pretty much a diatonic instrument that can also play a flat 7th (useful for playing in two Diatonic keys.) The lowest note is the root of the Scale, you can play pieces a fourth up depending on the range. Think of the lowest note...
by JButky
Fri Aug 28, 2009 9:23 pm
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: Cleaning the embouchure hole.
Replies: 5
Views: 3489

I do not know what kind of flute you play on but I was told by Brannen Brothers never to use any kind of silver/jewelry polish (cloth or liquid) on a flute. Also: oiling wood instruments is a controversial topic. Some people swear by it others have never heard of it or refuse to do it. Most players...
by JButky
Wed Aug 26, 2009 7:37 am
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: which golden 14k flute?
Replies: 58
Views: 35209

To answer your last question, I think Tarandros hit it on the head. It's the hand finishing that makes the difference. An Azumi, or Amadeus flute is hand finished with a handcut headjoint. Those flutes (and similar models like Sonare, and Avanti flutes) play more like handmade flutes than machine m...
by JButky
Tue Aug 25, 2009 7:23 pm
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: which golden 14k flute?
Replies: 58
Views: 35209

Assuming all equal quality materials used in the construction of flutes, the difference in my mind is not how the part is initially or roughly created, but rather, how much of the flute receives the attention of a craftsman in the final assembly process: key fitting, adjusting, regulating, final ha...
by JButky
Tue Aug 25, 2009 7:13 pm
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: which golden 14k flute?
Replies: 58
Views: 35209

Handmade: an instrument that is either A: completely handcrafted top to bottom, or B: an instrument whose vital parts are handcrafted/finished/fitted. The only person I know that completely handcrafted modern flutes closest to your description of A was probably Albert Cooper(post 20th century). Reg...