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by pied_piper
Sat Nov 02, 2019 7:33 am
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: My new flute chose me
Replies: 2
Views: 995

Re: My new flute chose me

Just as it takes time to develop skills playing a flute, it takes time to develop and train your ear to hear minute differences between various flutes. Right now they may al sound very similar but as your playing improves, so will your ears and you will begin to be able to discern those small differ...
by pied_piper
Sat Nov 02, 2019 7:29 am
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: Rubber Plugs Sticky?
Replies: 1
Views: 862

Re: Rubber Plugs Sticky?

Sometimes, finger oil can make them feel sticky. Dip a cotton swab in alcohol and light rub each pad to remove the oil.
by pied_piper
Sat Nov 02, 2019 7:27 am
Forum: Flute Repair and Maintenance
Topic: Restoring a Flute
Replies: 1
Views: 862

Re: Restoring a Flute

During a COA, some pads may be removed for re-shimming, but they are not normally removed for cleaning. That would dramatically increase the cost of a COA. The keys are removed from the body. Some shops dip the body in silver cleaner and others simply hand polish. If the pads are removed, the shims ...
by pied_piper
Fri Oct 18, 2019 9:25 pm
Forum: Flute Repertoire
Topic: Non classical flute - suggestion
Replies: 2
Views: 1325

Re: Non classical flute - suggestion

FYI - The flutist in Jethro Tull is Ian Anderson. Check YouTube for recordings from these. Here's a few players that come to mind. Peter Gabriel played flute on a tune or two from Genesis and sat in with a few others. Ray Thomas who played flute some with Moody Blues. Jerry Eubanks and David Muse wi...
by pied_piper
Tue Oct 15, 2019 4:09 pm
Forum: Flute Playing and Practicing Basics
Topic: Long Ring Fingers
Replies: 10
Views: 2361

Re: Long Ring Fingers

Great. I only commented because I have seen some flute students trying to play with thumbs in a position that would be the envy of the best hitchhikers. But, everybody's physiology is different. That's why I mentioned the pencil test. It tends to reveal the best position. It sounds like you have exp...
by pied_piper
Sun Oct 13, 2019 10:13 pm
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: Silver Content vs. Lip Plate
Replies: 1
Views: 646

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: 24
Views: 18257

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: 10
Views: 2361

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: 2
Views: 803

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: 2071

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: 683

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: 743

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: 646

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: 646

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: 764

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...