What is offset G or inline G?

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krzymunkey
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What is offset G or inline G?

Post by krzymunkey » Wed Jul 30, 2003 6:04 pm

What is it...
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What is offset G or inline G?

Post by AG950Flute » Wed Jul 30, 2003 11:18 pm

the g key on the flute is the key played
by your fourth finger in your left hand. all student flutes have an offset g. if
you look, you can see that there are two keys that are offset from the rest of
the keys. (hence the name, offset g) [:)] an inline g is an option on any
instrument above a student flute. instead of the g keys having their own post
and being offset from the rest of the keys, they share the same rod as the other
keys making all the keys on the body inline with each other. many years ago,
inline g was considered "professional" and a mark of a better flute. however,
nowadays it is common for professional flutists to have an offset g because it
is a little more comfortable for the left hand position. hope this helps! if you
want to look at pictures, you can go to: www.flutes4sale.com and look at the
description of the flutes and it will specify offset and inline. (if you do go
and look, some even say half-offset g - that i have NO idea)
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What is offset G or inline G?

Post by krzymunkey » Sun Aug 03, 2003 9:38 pm

I'm sorry to ask so many questions, but
what is a split E? And also, you said that you don't know what half offset G
is, I looked at the pictures and found out: there are 2 keys that are either
offset/inline, right? Well only one of the is offset. Thanks for the info!!!
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What is offset G or inline G?

Post by tarzaflute » Mon Aug 04, 2003 7:03 am

A split E is a high E facilitator. It
makes this particular note a lot clearer and is extremely useful, especially
when playing quietly. Unlike the gizmo key, you don't have to press anything
else except for the normal fingering for high E for it to be effective, which is
a bonus when playing. If you are getting a new flute, I would personally
recommend either getting a split E or donut. I haven't had experience with a
donut so I can't comment on them but the split E is a feature which I
absolutely love on my flute! [8)]
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What is offset G or inline G?

Post by tarzaflute » Mon Aug 04, 2003 7:04 am

Also, it is called a split E mechanism
because it is both a split G and E facilitator, hence the name, split E, a combo
of both!
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What is offset G or inline G?

Post by AG950Flute » Mon Aug 04, 2003 12:33 pm

if trying out flutes with a high e
facilitator be sure to listen to the color and timbre differences of the e in
comparison to the rest of the instrument. i personally do not like the
difference, and can hear the difference on that note when someone is playing a
flute with a split e. however, this is not necessarily looked down upon, but
just be aware, and use your own personal preference. a donut can be useful, i
had one on my older flute, and could not tell a color or timbre difference. also
with the half offset g, if the g is offset, both keys are always offset. i found
out the difference is the placement of the holes in the actual bore is not as
far placed as a full offset g.
Courtney
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What is offset G or inline G?

Post by Emma » Mon Aug 04, 2003 4:42 pm

What's a donut?

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What is offset G or inline G?

Post by Penny » Tue Aug 05, 2003 8:54 am

A deep fried dough often eaten by
Policemen in the morning with coffee. Sometimes glazed with sugar or filled with
a fruit or pudding center. They come with or without "open holes". Many argue
that those with "open holes" have superior taste but it is difficult to cover
the whole with your finger while eating.

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What is offset G or inline G?

Post by tarzaflute » Thu Aug 07, 2003 5:20 am

The type of donut I am talking about is a
feature of a flute, nothing to do with open or closed hole flutes. 'A donut is
a simple ring inserted in the G key as an alternate option to the more complex
and costly Split E mechanism. This ring can either be metal or other material,
interferes less with tone and intonation of surrounding notes, and is a
cost-effective option to stabilize intonation, response, and tone quality in
High E.' (information from http://www.flutecompany.com/glossary.asp) Hope this
explains things a bit better! [8)]
Tara!

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What is offset G or inline G?

Post by Emma » Sun Aug 10, 2003 6:22 pm

Oh, OK. Can't quite work out how it
works, but never mind. [:)]

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What is offset G or inline G?

Post by Penny » Sun Aug 10, 2003 7:40 pm

A Donut is a flat ring or crescent shaped
insert which fills part of the duplicate G# tone hole (next one down from the G#
lever) in a hope of improving the quality of E3. As with all Boehm
'improvements', some like it, some don't. It has a slight effect on the sound
of A1 and A2. Made by Krispy Kreme[:bigsmile:]

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