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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: 337

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: 462

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: 360

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: 456

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: 4
Views: 1036

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: 878

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: 388

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...
by pied_piper
Tue Sep 17, 2019 6:25 pm
Forum: Advanced Flute Topics
Topic: Upgrading a new flute.. Brannen, Haynes or Muramatsu?
Replies: 1
Views: 1331

Re: Upgrading a new flute.. Brannen, Haynes or Muramatsu?

All the flutes you mentioned are fine flutes worthy of your consideration. I have a friend who swears by Brannen and others who like Haynes. For me, I chose a Muramatsu AD (the predecessor of the DS) more than 20 years ago and have continued to play it since then, although I did switch to a David Wi...
by pied_piper
Tue Sep 17, 2019 6:00 pm
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: Beginner flute
Replies: 1
Views: 520

Re: Beginner flute

For a 7 year old, the main consideration will be the size of the flute. With stringed instruments, 1/4, 1/2, and 3/4 size instruments are available so that the instrument is appropriately sized for younger hands and arms. That is not so much the case with flutes. Your thought of visiting a flute spe...
by pied_piper
Tue Sep 17, 2019 4:13 pm
Forum: Advanced Flute Topics
Topic: Solid silver or sterling silver?
Replies: 1
Views: 421

Re: Solid silver or sterling silver?

The difference is in the percentage of silver versus other metals in the alloy. 925 sterling silver is 92.5% sliver. The alloys with higher percentages of silver simply exceed the 92.5% silver benchmark to be designated "Sterling". The only notable difference is that higher silver percentages tend t...
by pied_piper
Wed Sep 04, 2019 7:39 pm
Forum: Flute Playing and Practicing Basics
Topic: Getting Back Into Flute
Replies: 4
Views: 878

Re: Getting Back Into Flute

Welcome to the Fluteland Board! Don't get discouraged. After a timeout from playing, it takes a while to get back to a high level of playing. While I never totally stopped playing, (I'm a doubler - flute, sax and clarinet) I did not do much playing for about 10-15 years. It took me a while but I did...
by pied_piper
Sun Aug 25, 2019 5:46 pm
Forum: Website related Questions
Topic: Flute Recomendations
Replies: 1
Views: 1130

Re: Flute Recomendations

Welcome to Fluteland! For starters, take a look at the Fluteland Frequently Asked Questions page: Fluteland FAQ That has a lot of good information about selecting flutes and various brands that are well respected, good brands. After you peruse the FAQ, feel free to come back and ask some more specif...
by pied_piper
Fri Aug 23, 2019 4:54 pm
Forum: Flute Playing and Practicing Basics
Topic: Harmonics?
Replies: 1
Views: 533

Re: Harmonics?

Basically, yes. You didn't specify what note you are fingering while you produce E4 and E5, but I'll assume you are fingering the bottom octave E and overblowing the octave to get the middle octave E5. This is referred to as the overtone series or the harmonic series. Do a Google search on those ter...
by pied_piper
Mon Jul 29, 2019 7:54 pm
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: Please help - Repair or Purchase
Replies: 3
Views: 1722

Re: Please help - Repair or Purchase

Don't waste your money buying a new flute that costs much less than $500. Better student flutes will cost close to $1000. If you buy a $100 new flute, you are essentially buying a disposable flute that might last you a year or less. Bundy Flutes were work horses of their day, but now there are much ...
by pied_piper
Mon Jul 29, 2019 7:41 pm
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: Used Armstrong 104
Replies: 1
Views: 999

Re: Used Armstrong 104

First things first: NEVER, NEVER, NEVER use Vaseline or any other kind of lubricant on flute joints. They are designed to fit together dry with no lubricant. Lubricants will actually make things worse because they will attract dust and dirt which gums up the works. A tight footjoint might just need ...