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by pied_piper
Sun Oct 13, 2019 10:13 pm
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: Silver Content vs. Lip Plate
Replies: 1
Views: 16

Re: Silver Content vs. Lip Plate

All of those are good, respectable flutes. The quality is comparable on all of them. Ultimately, the selection comes down to which one feels better in your hands and which one sounds better to your ears. It's also good to have your flute teacher or another objective flutist listen to you play each a...
by pied_piper
Sun Oct 13, 2019 9:59 pm
Forum: Flute Basics
Topic: Help with high F#
Replies: 22
Views: 14522

Re: Help with high F#

I had trouble with this at first, then I noticed a small screw on the presser bar effecting the F# key. I took a small screw driver and turn the screw very gently just a nudge. This extended the screw on the presser foot putting more pressure on the F# key, and now I hit the high F# every time. I n...
by pied_piper
Sun Oct 13, 2019 9:56 pm
Forum: Flute Playing and Practicing Basics
Topic: Long Ring Fingers
Replies: 4
Views: 155

Re: Long Ring Fingers

I'd be curious to know if your university flute instructor ever commented on your RH thumb position. Generally speaking, the RH thumb should not be "splayed" and pointed toward the head joint as you described. If you are having hand cramps, it is likely because of your hand/thumb position. The natur...
by pied_piper
Sun Oct 13, 2019 10:43 am
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: Armstrong 104 vs 104N
Replies: 1
Views: 14

Re: Armstrong 104 vs 104N

104 is silver plated
104N is nickel plated
by pied_piper
Fri Oct 11, 2019 8:57 pm
Forum: Intermediate Flute Playing Tips and Questions
Topic: Need tips on picking repertoire
Replies: 1
Views: 26

Re: Need tips on picking repertoire

Well, you didn't mention what the audition is for, your level of playing, or how much time you have to prepare. Is it for a group, a college? That may influence the choice. Generally speaking, it's not so much the choice of music as how well you play it. Listen to all of the choices on YouTube and p...
by pied_piper
Fri Oct 11, 2019 4:01 pm
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: Armstrong 105 flute info
Replies: 1
Views: 46

Re: Armstrong 105 flute info

I'm not familiar with the 105, but if I had to make a guess, I'd say it is just an open hole version of the Armstrong 104 student flute.
by pied_piper
Fri Oct 11, 2019 3:57 pm
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: Rose Gold Lip Worth It?
Replies: 1
Views: 42

Re: Rose Gold Lip Worth It?

In the end, it really is your choice. If it feels right, plays right, and sound right, then that is what you should get. The C# and split E are extra cost options, not requirements. The extra cost up front will slightly increase later resale value, but not dramatically. I have neither option on my f...
by pied_piper
Fri Oct 11, 2019 3:48 pm
Forum: Intermediate and Advanced Flute Topics
Topic: Vibrato
Replies: 1
Views: 35

Re: Vibrato

There is not one answer to this question. A lot depends upon the style, instrumentation, capabilities of the player, and even personal preference can be a factor.
by pied_piper
Mon Oct 07, 2019 9:34 pm
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: How old is this Yamaha YPC 62 piccolo
Replies: 1
Views: 56

Re: How old is this Yamaha YPC 62 piccolo

AFAIK, Yamaha does not publish serial numbers. You could try contacting Yamaha to see what they can tell you about the instrument. I have a YPC-62 that I bought about 10 years ago and it is a decent piccolo. The logo on mine is a bit different than the one in your photo. Personally, I would be less ...
by pied_piper
Mon Sep 30, 2019 9:34 pm
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: Armstrong Gold Plated 180 B?
Replies: 2
Views: 124

Re: Armstrong Gold Plated 180 B?

As far as I know, there is no such thing as an Armstrong 180 B. I looked it up on eBay and it looks like a standard sterling silver Armstrong Model 80 B that has been plated or colored gold (probably done aftermarket rather than at the factory) For the price you paid, if it is in good playing condit...
by pied_piper
Mon Sep 30, 2019 9:26 pm
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: Flute purchase advice please
Replies: 1
Views: 64

Re: Flute purchase advice please

Your best bet would be to visit a specialty flute store that stocks and sell a wide variety of headjoints. That way you can a wide variety of headjoints to find something that suits your preferences and needs. Many major cities have such a shop. I would not recommend trying to get your Artley headjo...
by pied_piper
Mon Sep 30, 2019 9:09 pm
Forum: Flute Playing and Practicing Basics
Topic: Eye Glasses
Replies: 1
Views: 149

Re: Eye Glasses

My ophthalmologist is also a musician, so he understands the needs of musicians. Every time my prescription changes he also writes a second prescription for "music glasses". The prescription is for progressive lenses that are optimized for reading music at an arms length away. You may want to discus...
by pied_piper
Wed Sep 18, 2019 8:21 pm
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: Silly Question About Flutes and Cats
Replies: 2
Views: 347

Re: Silly Question About Flutes and Cats

I don't know. Do they sell ear plugs for cats? :lol:

Seriously though, play recorded flute music in the house when you are not practicing. Perhaps that will get them more accustomed to it if they hear it more frequently and don't necessarily associate the flute sounds only with you.
by pied_piper
Wed Sep 18, 2019 8:14 pm
Forum: Flute Playing and Practicing Basics
Topic: Getting Back Into Flute
Replies: 4
Views: 417

Re: Getting Back Into Flute

Glad to hear that you are making progress!
by pied_piper
Wed Sep 18, 2019 8:13 pm
Forum: Flute Playing and Practicing Basics
Topic: Left Index Finger Tingling and Numbness
Replies: 1
Views: 83

Re: Left Index Finger Tingling and Numbness

Most likely, you are just pressing the flute too hard with the left index finger. That will tend to diminish the blood circulation which can lead to the "pins and needles" sensation. Make a conscience effort to use less pressure to balance the flute and take more frequent breaks to promote blood cir...