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15/85 Brannen

Postby musicgeek » Mon Apr 15, 2013 9:34 pm

Has anyone tried one?

If so, what do you think?

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Re: 15/85 Brannen

Postby flutego12 » Mon Apr 15, 2013 11:20 pm

nope. not yet. :wink:
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Re: 15/85 Brannen

Postby az1983 » Tue Apr 16, 2013 7:24 am

Yes, but for me, there wasn't much difference between it and the all silver next to it on the table.
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Re: 15/85 Brannen

Postby fluteguy18 » Tue Apr 16, 2013 9:02 am

I've tried several and here's my honest opinion.

At flutes in this price range you really have to try them first because identical models (down to every specification) can sound completely different. Furthermore each flute will sound different for each person playing it. That being said...

I personally liked them but I'm not sure that I would be willing to spend that much money on them. As a general stereotype they had a really nice texture that had a nice balance between warmth and a bright shimmer but beyond that the verdict is unclear because of microscopic variations in the instrument as a result of the manufacturing process. When compared to the all silver Brögger models I felt the sound was warmer but perhaps less penetrating. But that isn't conclusive. One thing to keep in mind is that the 15/85 has drawn toneholes and the silver Brögger models have soldered toneholes. I think that this might be the difference there. As a general guide from having done so many flute trials/testing sessions... generally speaking, soldered toneholes lend themselves to a denser more penetrating sound and drawn toneholes to a lighter more agile sound. But this isn't always true. Just an observation. I think if they offered the 15/85 with soldered toneholes I would like it a lot, but that would put it in the same price range as their low carat gold models and they wouldn't ever sell.

My personal taste in flutes has a mixture of silver and gold in it usually. Based on my playing alone I have a hard time justifying spending from $16k-22k on my 'second choice' materials when $22k-26k would get my 'dream' instrument so to speak since I generally favor the low carat gold models anyway.

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Re: 15/85 Brannen

Postby chengerz » Wed Apr 17, 2013 4:55 pm

When I did a blind test and was told that it was a different flute, I thought it was just another silver flute. A Lafin headjoint, however, is a different story.

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Re: 15/85 Brannen

Postby musicgeek » Wed Apr 17, 2013 10:54 pm

Interesting. Thanks!


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