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by JButky
Wed Jun 10, 2015 3:25 pm
Forum: Intermediate and Advanced Flute Topics
Topic: Need help on buying a new flute
Replies: 2
Views: 2378

Re: Need help on buying a new flute

If you are going to be a performance major in college, your teacher may have other ideas on how much of a flute is necessary. Some will accept any of those models. Some will say you need at least the Altus or the Muramatsu, others will say that you need a higher model than any of those you mentioned...
by JButky
Wed May 27, 2015 12:37 pm
Forum: Flute Playing and Practicing Basics
Topic: Help with beginner's practice.
Replies: 4
Views: 13981

Re: Help with beginner's practice.

It's far simpler to think of each note as Do, Re Mi, Fa Sol, La, Ti. By using the LH fingering of closing 2 or 2/3, you can get the flat seventh. (C natural) This basically allows you to play easily in two major diatonic keys and their relative minors (E or A minor, D dorian mode also) Transpose you...
by JButky
Wed May 13, 2015 11:56 am
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: armstrong serial/date
Replies: 1
Views: 1079

Re: armstrong serial/date

Most likely somewhere between 1965 and 1970. 102 is probably the model, the serial # begins with the M. The letter prefix covered certain years. This one would be in that range.
by JButky
Thu Apr 30, 2015 12:09 pm
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: What's the point of a solid silver gemeinhardt
Replies: 4
Views: 3285

Re: What's the point of a solid silver gemeinhardt

The player is what makes the flute sound good, not what the flute is made of! Anyone who tells you any different is full of it.
Amen! Preach it Brother Phineas!
by JButky
Sat Apr 25, 2015 9:16 pm
Forum: Flute Repair and Maintenance
Topic: Woodwind Bench: alcoholLamp vs Torches (Butane or Acetylene) vs Vortex Air Gun
Replies: 9
Views: 5714

Re: Woodwind Bench: alcoholLamp vs Torches (Butane or Acetylene) vs Vortex Air Gun

I use the Votaw pad cup heater on piccolos and clarinets. Have the Smith little torch oxy/acetylene for hard soldering. Acetylene and air for regular soldering. Don't care for the air torch...
by JButky
Sun Apr 05, 2015 7:43 pm
Forum: Flute Repair and Maintenance
Topic: Loose head joint cork in hot water....
Replies: 2
Views: 4226

Re: Loose head joint cork in hot water....

No it will not stay. You should get it replaced. For future reference, the "water trick" is probably the least lasting temporary repair. You be better to wrap some tape around the cork. I've done some ghetto repairs on site and informed the owner to bring it to my shop to have it properly replaced. ...
by JButky
Wed Mar 11, 2015 5:53 pm
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: Age of Gemeinhardt Piccolo
Replies: 2
Views: 1081

Re: Age of Gemeinhardt Piccolo

4P made in 1987

Mode First Last Year
4P 84085 86599 1987
by JButky
Tue Jan 20, 2015 11:42 am
Forum: Flute Repair and Maintenance
Topic: For the techs out there
Replies: 4
Views: 2786

For the techs out there

Something to make you laugh. Here's what we flute players do to instruments at the other end of the sonic spectrum...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dpuniL0ID9Y

Smile and Enjoy...

Joe B
by JButky
Tue Dec 30, 2014 1:48 pm
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: Artley Flute
Replies: 1
Views: 824

Re: Artley Flute

According to published serial # records, this flute was made in 1960

1960- 68000
1961- 80000

JB
by JButky
Mon Oct 20, 2014 11:32 am
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: new headjoint
Replies: 1
Views: 1090

Re: new headjoint

hi,i have sold my grenadilla head and im searching for a solid one...i have seen dana sheridan and arista heads.i dont have the opportunity to try cause i live in greece,so im going for one of them...i would like to hear opinions from you,which one to to prefer and why...my previous headjoint was a...
by JButky
Mon Oct 20, 2014 11:08 am
Forum: Flute Repair and Maintenance
Topic: Flute pad cleaning during COA
Replies: 11
Views: 5526

Re: Flute pad cleaning during COA

I just located the source in an email from a couple of years ago. An experienced tech said he cleans them by rubbing gently with a touch of Lubriderm on a q-tip. While I was looking for the source, I also found an article on the NFA website that suggests pads should be routinely cleaned during serv...
by JButky
Sat Oct 11, 2014 9:52 am
Forum: Flute Repair and Maintenance
Topic: Loose Screw: Did I mess up?
Replies: 12
Views: 4825

Re: Loose Screw: Did I mess up?

The particular instruments that I am referring to have steels with a threaded pivot on one end and a screw slot in the other. There is no shoulder on the screw slotted end. Tightening this steel until it stops creates friction and interferes with key action. Loosening it slightly reduces the fricti...
by JButky
Sat Oct 11, 2014 6:42 am
Forum: Flute Repair and Maintenance
Topic: Loose Screw: Did I mess up?
Replies: 12
Views: 4825

Re: Loose Screw: Did I mess up?

Thanks Joe. When you refer to misfitting pivots and say "they are going in too far causing binding and need to be re dressed," by "re dressed" can I assume you mean the pivot needs to be cut shorter and re pointed? When I tighten the rod screws, it has seemed to me that the threaded tube it pivots ...
by JButky
Fri Oct 10, 2014 4:31 pm
Forum: Flute Repair and Maintenance
Topic: Loose Screw: Did I mess up?
Replies: 12
Views: 4825

Re: Loose Screw: Did I mess up?

Joe B, I've noticed this problem on a couple of different flutes where the B flat key on the left hand section and the F# key on the right hand section will bind when the rod screws are fully tightened. I read in Thorp's manual that a common cause of this condition is the head of a pillar that has ...
by JButky
Thu Oct 09, 2014 12:49 pm
Forum: Flute Repair and Maintenance
Topic: Loose Screw: Did I mess up?
Replies: 12
Views: 4825

Re: Loose Screw: Did I mess up?

On my Sankyo CF410 Artist flute's foot joint, I noticed that the screw in the bottom of the long rod was extending out of the rod by about 1/8th inch. The other screws in the rods on the flute all had their heads flush with the ends of the rods. Having had a screw actually work its way loose and fa...