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by SylvreKat
Tue Aug 28, 2018 6:05 am
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: Thumb Problems
Replies: 2
Views: 1736

Re: Thumb Problems

I've played with a brace on my right wrist/thumb with no difficulties. In fact, it really helped out--I had the equivalent of carpal tunnel in my thumb. The brace gave good support and kept my thumb from hurting worse. Can't say though how one on the left thumb would affect playing. I'd think it wou...
by SylvreKat
Mon Aug 27, 2018 9:40 pm
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: Principal Flutists -- Would You Do This?
Replies: 8
Views: 2941

Re: Principal Flutists -- Would You Do This?

Her name isn't Jean, is it? Seriously, having someone like that in charge of the section really does make it lots less fun for everyone else. Not that the rest of us were really yenning for solos or anything, but having the option to say yes or no is always nice. You'll laugh at this--there have bee...
by SylvreKat
Sun Aug 26, 2018 10:47 pm
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: Principal Flutists -- Would You Do This?
Replies: 8
Views: 2941

Re: Principal Flutists -- Would You Do This?

Oh--as for how I'd have handled it, I would've told the principal I wasn't willing to risk the band sounding like crap in case new gal wasn't up to it, or if she freaked 'cause she came in but nobody else did, so quit playing. And would've played anyways. My first couple of years in the Civic Band, ...
by SylvreKat
Sun Aug 26, 2018 10:38 pm
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: Principal Flutists -- Would You Do This?
Replies: 8
Views: 2941

Re: Principal Flutists -- Would You Do This?

I agree that's pretty dirty cricket. And it makes me even gladder about my Civic Band. Everyone pretty much picks the part they're comfortable with. And I trust if someone's struggling, they'll either come to me or talk with their neighbors. Or a neighbor will talk with me. After all, I've no idea h...
by SylvreKat
Tue Aug 14, 2018 5:51 am
Forum: Intermediate and Advanced Flute Topics
Topic: Support for junior student showcase
Replies: 1
Views: 1224

Re: Support for junior student showcase

I'm guessing the school doesn't finance anything towards it? Or have you checked to see if they'll provide for some of the cost? Point out that the school pays to send the athletic teams to away games. Otherwise, I suppose if your junior student doesn't want to do odd jobs like mowing or babysitting...
by SylvreKat
Thu Aug 09, 2018 7:55 pm
Forum: Flute Playing and Practicing Basics
Topic: Good or bad?
Replies: 1
Views: 1115

Good or bad?

As I typed my reply to another post, it occurred to me that I should ask y'alles if I'm doing a good or bad thing in my practice habit. I typically practice on my "good" flute, the Armstrong. It's not quite as responsive, and the keys are less springy and quick, and it just has never liked its lowes...
by SylvreKat
Thu Aug 09, 2018 7:49 pm
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: Digital flute music... is it the end of print???
Replies: 6
Views: 3857

Re: Digital flute music... is it the end of print???

I seem to prefer printed still. Having written that, my iPad is indispensable for playing the piano parts for the Civic Jazz. There are several songs that are 8-10 pages (that's 2-3 for the rest of the band, fyi). Even with two stands, there wasn't enough real estate to hold all that. And since many...
by SylvreKat
Tue Jul 24, 2018 9:22 pm
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: Help tracking down my instruments history
Replies: 5
Views: 2301

Re: Help tracking down my instruments history

Yeah, your poor camera really did NOT like the shiny, did it? I just got up and looked at my Gemi picc. The model is between Elkhart and the serial. Which I see nothing on yours. Do you have a repairman? If so, you can at least take it there and he can determine what the springs are. And have you tr...
by SylvreKat
Sun Jul 22, 2018 1:13 pm
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: Help tracking down my instruments history
Replies: 5
Views: 2301

Re: Help tracking down my instruments history

Just to illustrate the confusion about dates-- My 4S was made in 1982, per Gemeinhardt's agent looking up its serial number. So they obviously made the 4S model prior to 2006. :D Can you post a sharp photo of the area around Gemi's logo? Maybe one of us will spot the model, which you might be overlo...
by SylvreKat
Mon Jul 09, 2018 6:10 am
Forum: Flute Repair and Maintenance
Topic: Repair or Replace advice
Replies: 10
Views: 3321

Re: Repair or Replace advice

...and there were some that really just made me enjoy playing. I would get caught up in the feel and sound of the flute, the joy of the music, and forget that I was supposed to be evaluating the flute. ... And THAT ultimately is what it's about! I bet your practice time has at least doubled right n...
by SylvreKat
Sun Jul 08, 2018 3:33 pm
Forum: Flute Repair and Maintenance
Topic: Repair or Replace advice
Replies: 10
Views: 3321

Re: Repair or Replace advice

Well, congrats on the new flute. So what decided you on replacing rather than repairing?

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by SylvreKat
Tue Jun 12, 2018 10:14 pm
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: Combining Instruments?
Replies: 4
Views: 3161

Re: Combining Instruments?

I've played a concert band piece where he paired the solo picc with...wait for it...solo TUBA. Sure, and why not pair the highest with the lowest, and see where tuning ends up? We decided the arranger was drugged during that part. (edit to say it was a medley of TX songs, the duet being Streets of L...
by SylvreKat
Tue Jun 12, 2018 10:07 pm
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: Composers here
Replies: 1
Views: 1467

Re: Composers here

I arrange for flute (as opposed to actually compose). It's funny you comment that flute sounds better digital. I've never found a digital keyboard with anything better than a rather poor flute sound. Nor have I been very enamored of the midi-playback of flute songs online. Strings, sure and they sou...
by SylvreKat
Tue Jun 12, 2018 10:00 pm
Forum: Flute Repair and Maintenance
Topic: Repair or Replace advice
Replies: 10
Views: 3321

Re: Repair or Replace advice

I've gotta admit, I have zero idea what kind of pads are on any of my horns, except the Artley which boasts a set of pads handcut from trumpet spit-valve foam (the holes weren't finished and ate pads like a beagle with an open bag of kibble). I'd say unless you're performing at higher-end events, th...
by SylvreKat
Wed May 16, 2018 7:14 am
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: Which flute is this?
Replies: 0
Views: 1404

Re: Which flute is this?

Hi javi, and welcome! Since the case has a Guo label, I'm betting it's their Grenaditte flute. One, he seems like a pro, and that's their pro-level flute. And it's not an "alarming color" (as Dr Potter put it with their bass :D ), so it can't be their New Voice. If so, it's not metal, it's composite...