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by pied_piper
Thu Nov 07, 2019 10:30 pm
Forum: Flute Repair and Maintenance
Topic: Practicing repairs on a cheap instrument
Replies: 2
Views: 2176

Re: Practicing repairs on a cheap instrument

A Silvertone flute is not a valuable flute. I would say practice your repairs on it all you want. The two G keys that you asked about are indeed joined together on all standard closed G# flutes that 99% of flutists play.
by pied_piper
Sun Nov 03, 2019 10:18 pm
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: Flute newbie age 52
Replies: 3
Views: 2835

Re: Flute newbie age 52

Welcome to Fluteland! Let us know how things are progressing.
by pied_piper
Sat Nov 02, 2019 8:13 pm
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: newbie here
Replies: 35
Views: 75581

Re: newbie here

I've never heard the website you are referencing. Anyone can setup a website and call themselves "experts" and make product recommendations. Unfortunately, there is no way to be assured that a website such as this is providing unbiased reviews of products. Sometimes, when a company wants to promote ...
by pied_piper
Sat Nov 02, 2019 7:36 am
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: When Should I Move On?
Replies: 4
Views: 3265

Re: When Should I Move On?

Yes, any flute can usually be overhauled and brought back to like-new playing condition, but for low-end, beginner flutes, it will often cost more than the flute is worth so it is easier to buy a new one.
by pied_piper
Sat Nov 02, 2019 7:34 am
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: What kind of flutes do you own?
Replies: 5
Views: 5015

Re: What kind of flutes do you own?

There is no easy answer. Some flutes do not have a model imprinted.
by pied_piper
Sat Nov 02, 2019 7:33 am
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: My new flute chose me
Replies: 2
Views: 2681

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: 2442

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: 2202

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: 2770

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: 4405

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: 2000

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: 23647

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: 4405

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: 2228

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: 5128

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...