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PostPosted: Wed Dec 01, 2010 9:58 pm 
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Hello -
I'd love some advice...I'm wondering about whether upgrading the headjoint on my Yamaha 581 would make any difference with my sound. My flute was bought new in 1995, and I had it adjusted and cleaned by a reputable technician about 1 year ago. I played a lot during the university years ('94-'98), and have continued to play since then, but not at the same level. I perform in some special events and concerts as part of a flute/guitar duo, as well weekly as the principal flute in my community band (not a very advanced group), but as a working mom no longer have the time to practice more than an hour or two a few times a week. Would a new headjoint possibly make a difference to my sound? What headjoints would work well with the Yamaha 581? Are there any recommendations? I love to play, but don't know a lot about the specifics of my instrument, or what features are desireable in a headjoint. Thank you for any help you can offer!


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 02, 2010 2:01 pm 
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Assuming that you have your flute in good mechanical condition, a new headjoint is the main responsible part for the change in your tone. Therefore you should test play as many brands and models as you can have access to.


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PostPosted: Sat Dec 04, 2010 1:03 pm 
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Thanks for your thoughts. My flute is in good shape, so I guess I'm planning on visiting the 'flute room' at Long and McQuade to try a bunch of different headjoints out.


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PostPosted: Sat Dec 04, 2010 4:09 pm 
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If the last time you had it adjusted was a year ago, it's due for another checkup. Once a year is a minimum.

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 06, 2010 3:27 pm 
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That's specially true about the oiling. Oil gets dark and thick and looses lubricating capability, no matter you are using your flute or not. I'd also recommend checking once a year.


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 06, 2010 7:50 pm 
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Zevang wrote:
That's specially true about the oiling. Oil gets dark and thick and looses lubricating capability, no matter you are using your flute or not. I'd also recommend checking once a year.

That's true of petroleum based oils, but if your tech uses one of the newer synthetic lubricants to oil your flute, thickening and drying out is greatly reduced under all conditions.

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