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by pied_piper
Fri Dec 21, 2007 12:38 pm
Forum: Advanced Flute Topics
Topic: Picking up flute after 10 years! Feedback please!!
Replies: 10
Views: 11591

You are likely to need to work on your chops to get them back into shape. If you have not played much in 10 years, much of the endurance and some of the finer points of the embouchure are likely to have faded. That said, the most important thing is just to start playing and get back into the daily p...
by pied_piper
Mon Dec 17, 2007 4:37 pm
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: what is a "G disc"?
Replies: 2
Views: 4489

Most flutemakers call it a High-E facilitator. It's a disc inserted into the G key that makes it easier to play a High-E (E3). It's a cheaper alternative to a split-E mechanism. See the FAQ or search the board for High-E for a more lengthy discussion of the pros and cons.
by pied_piper
Mon Dec 17, 2007 3:17 pm
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: So many brands!
Replies: 7
Views: 5100

I know what you mean about the gold-plated lip plates on student and intermediate flutes - they are just bling and nothing more. They add no sound improvement. However, the pro flute and headjoint makers are starting to offer headjoints with lots of options. This past summer I tried a number of diff...
by pied_piper
Sun Dec 16, 2007 9:56 pm
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: Where to try out/buy a flute?
Replies: 5
Views: 3562

Definitely keep your current flute and keep it in working order. I have a handmade Muramatsu, but I also have an Armstrong Model 80 as a backup. You never know when you might need it (in case your main flute is in the shop for maintenance or repairs).
by pied_piper
Fri Dec 07, 2007 1:01 pm
Forum: Flute Playing and Practicing Basics
Topic: High F#
Replies: 13
Views: 10908

Re: High F#

i dont consider auditions good situations regardless of result, and thats just why. 4 auditions, and 4 rejections... its impossible for me to think of them as being good, even if i dont get in. if they reject me again, obviously i suck. .... its kinda rediculous anyway, im paying for my education, ...
by pied_piper
Fri Dec 07, 2007 8:55 am
Forum: Flute Playing and Practicing Basics
Topic: High F#
Replies: 13
Views: 10908

You might want to think of playing the flute in the third (and fourth) octave as being very similar to an athlete training for the pole vault. It takes time to build up the muscles to make the tallest vaults. Just think of it as a progression and repetition. Athletes do lots of different strength bu...
by pied_piper
Wed Dec 05, 2007 3:33 pm
Forum: Intermediate Flute Playing Tips and Questions
Topic: Airflow
Replies: 5
Views: 7236

Room acoustics also affect what you hear. When I play in a very small room or if I stand very close to a wall, I can hear more air in my sound. When I play in a larger room and stay away from walls, I don't hear it as much. The "airy" sound is made up of a lot of very high frequencies that easily re...
by pied_piper
Wed Nov 28, 2007 4:25 pm
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: smelly emboucher hole
Replies: 6
Views: 3755

Re: smelly emboucher hole

is there any way to clean a headjoint? i thought of like, listerine - is that safe? its solid silver except the keys, are plated. what can i use to get the smell gone? its really quite gross when i smell my headjoint.... i havent cleaned it (besides polish cloth) since i got it over a year ago.... ...
by pied_piper
Tue Nov 27, 2007 11:43 am
Forum: Flute Basics
Topic: Using electronic tuners
Replies: 12
Views: 10140

Fluteguy18: If your oboe friend is having trouble getting down to A440/442, perhaps it is a reed issue. Most oboists make their own reeds, but if the reed is too short, that would cause the oboe to be too sharp. Oboe reeds are typically about 70mm in length, but that might need to be adjusted to com...
by pied_piper
Tue Nov 20, 2007 4:24 pm
Forum: Advanced Flute Topics
Topic: Powell Vs Muramatsu
Replies: 12
Views: 18243

I have to agree with the previous responses. Everyone is different, so there is no "right" answer except what plays best for you. About 9 years ago, I was making the same comparisons. I tried Powell, Muramatsu, and a few others. When I went out trying flutes, I had in my mind that I wanted a Powell,...
by pied_piper
Thu Nov 15, 2007 8:04 pm
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: Flute FAQ 2.0 BETA for your review.
Replies: 11
Views: 8961

Looks good! Lots of good information and advice.

For internet flute dealers I'd suggest adding J.L. Smith:
http://www.flutesmith.com/
by pied_piper
Mon Nov 05, 2007 9:22 pm
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: Collecting flutes as a Hobby
Replies: 19
Views: 11319

Fluttiegurl - Well, as the saying goes, you can't argue with success. If the tape works for you, that's great.

Success with plastic wrap depends upon the brand. It needs to be one of the "extra clingy" brands. I used a generic that came from Sam's Club and it definitely stays put.
by pied_piper
Mon Nov 05, 2007 9:09 am
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: Collecting flutes as a Hobby
Replies: 19
Views: 11319

You can use a small piece of celephane tape in the place of rice paper in a pinch. I definitely would avoid using any type of tape as a substitute. At best, the tape could leave a gummy residue and at worst it could pull off the lacquer finish when you remove it. It's best to use real dimo, but if ...
by pied_piper
Fri Nov 02, 2007 8:37 pm
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: PVC Flutes
Replies: 15
Views: 12039

You might find these articles useful too...
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by pied_piper
Fri Nov 02, 2007 5:44 pm
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: PVC Flutes
Replies: 15
Views: 12039

It sounds like you might be having difficulty focusing your air stream. The second octave requires you to make a slightly smaller opening with your lips and to blow the air stream a bit faster (not harder, faster). Do you have a teacher? If not, it would help to have someone who can show you by exam...