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by Phineas
Mon Dec 14, 2015 8:51 pm
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: Buying a new Yamaha flute - in Japan?
Replies: 16
Views: 16194

Re: Buying a new Yamaha flute - in Japan?

Any suggestions you can offer about the process? Do not over think it. Anytime I wanted to try out an instrument, there were no issues. I have found in most cases, retail shopping in Japan was a real pleasure and the people are very helpful. Just do not be over bearing and learn a little about Japa...
by Phineas
Thu Dec 03, 2015 12:42 pm
Forum: Intermediate and Advanced Flute Topics
Topic: Intermediate or Pre-professional piccolos/Powell Sonare PS500 Review?
Replies: 4
Views: 8747

Re: Intermediate or Pre-professional piccolos/Powell Sonare PS500 Review?

Number one lesson as a flute buyer: NEVER BUY A FLUTE/PICC ONLINE There is nothing wrong with buying an instrument online from a reputable dealer. However, have some money in your budget for COA. I have only once got an instrument online that played the way I want it on arrival. New or Used. These ...
by Phineas
Thu Dec 03, 2015 5:41 am
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: flute for returning player
Replies: 6
Views: 2501

Re: flute for returning player

Beerrules420 wrote: and i understand the simplicity of just linking me to an article about buying a flute but the internet is rife with those and that is why i came here to a message board so i could talk to a person about it plz help!! would really appreciate it! that didn't much help me I'm more ...
by Phineas
Wed Nov 25, 2015 7:42 am
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: How old is my Altus?
Replies: 0
Views: 13643

How old is my Altus?

Moved!
annabellegunn wrote:Hello, I know this is completely off topic but found myself needing help. I recently bought an Altus 1307 with a serial #4433. Does anyone know what year my flute was made?
by Phineas
Wed Nov 25, 2015 7:23 am
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: Buying a new Yamaha flute - in Japan?
Replies: 16
Views: 16194

Re: Buying a new Yamaha flute - in Japan?

How many people buy stuff overseas, get "a good deal" and then just bring it home, without declaring it and paying duty? I think that's pretty common - but more common for a camera, a watch, some jewelry, etc. - just not quite as often with a musical instrument. Personally, I have regularly flown i...
by Phineas
Tue Nov 24, 2015 7:21 am
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: Buying a new Yamaha flute - in Japan?
Replies: 16
Views: 16194

Re: Buying a new Yamaha flute - in Japan?

If discovered, CBP can seize the item(s). It's also possible to learn about the criminal penalties for deceitfully avoiding the duties. I use to do this all of the time. Rules for customs. 1. ALWAYS DECLARE SOMETHING! If I buy gifts for others, I claim them. If I am bringing back things for someone...
by Phineas
Mon Nov 23, 2015 9:53 am
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: Buying a new Yamaha flute - in Japan?
Replies: 16
Views: 16194

Re: Buying a new Yamaha flute - in Japan?

Don't forget about the duties payable upon re-entry to the U.S. It probably won't be as much as the price difference, but it will increase your total cost a bit. From my experience, if you take it out of the box, get rid of the factory packaging and play on it, you will not be hit with duties. Howe...
by Phineas
Wed Nov 18, 2015 8:29 am
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: Buying a new Yamaha flute - in Japan?
Replies: 16
Views: 16194

Re: Buying a new Yamaha flute - in Japan?

If you have time, take a trip on the Shinkansen down to Hamamatsu. Yamaha has a big showroom there. I lived not far from there for a while, and spent my share on money. You will not only have to opportunity to save a few bucks on a Yamaha instrument, you will also see and be able to try out differen...
by Phineas
Wed Sep 30, 2015 6:29 am
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: Will my neighbours hate me?
Replies: 5
Views: 3939

Re: Will my neighbours hate me?

I also live in an apartment. Here are a few pointers. 1. Pick a regular time to play/practice. Usually, if you play at the same time every day, people who live near you will be prepared for it.I usually play between 6pm and 8pm for example. Right before the prime time TV shows and sports games come ...
by Phineas
Tue Sep 01, 2015 8:41 am
Forum: Flute Basics
Topic: Bamboo Transverse
Replies: 1
Views: 1754

Re: Bamboo Transverse

by Phineas
Tue Jul 28, 2015 7:44 am
Forum: Intermediate and Advanced Flute Topics
Topic: To upgrade or not to upgrade...
Replies: 7
Views: 4502

Re: To upgrade or not to upgrade...

If you do not like the way you sound, practice will always take you farther than flute dollars. Keep your flute well maintained and practice more. The flute you have does not need to be upgraded. Now, if you just want to buy another flute, just do it and stop trying to justify the reasoning behind i...
by Phineas
Tue Jul 28, 2015 7:34 am
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: Baroque sounding flute with Boehm system
Replies: 5
Views: 3651

Re: Baroque sounding flute with Boehm system

Thank you Phineas for your reply. Could you tell me how authentic is the sound? The Baroque flute has a soft sweet sound with very little overtone. Does your suggestion gives approximately the same sound? Are there any sound recordings, e.g. on you tube or other websites that you can recommend so t...
by Phineas
Mon Jul 27, 2015 2:07 pm
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: Baroque sounding flute with Boehm system
Replies: 5
Views: 3651

Re: Baroque sounding flute with Boehm system

woodbourne wrote:1. Buy a new wooden headjoint without a riser and lip plate. This is by far the cheapest option, about US $100 to 200.
I have used this setup for years. I hand have found it to be very effective as well as the best solution for the money. You may have to get it fitted to your flute however.
by Phineas
Thu Jul 23, 2015 1:16 pm
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: The Flute View's Winning Composition Now Available!
Replies: 3
Views: 2108

Re: The Flute View's Winning Composition Now Available!

Interesting piece! Mostly thought your video on the different techniques very interesting. I have used a lot of those, but never really thought about how I did them. I use to play in a lot of drum circles using the flute kind like a percussion.

Thanks for sharing!