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Dark-Toned Flute Brands and Models?

Postby mydudemyguymygoodsir » Thu Aug 11, 2016 4:03 pm

So first, this is ANOTHER question about buying a new flute. Sorry for not being different. If it means anything, I'm open to any input.

Alright so first off I'm going into 11th at a pretty band-crazed school. I'm not like the best, but last year I was chair 2 in the 2nd-highest band. Unfortunately, I sorta ended up screwing myself over from advancing by having a crap flute: Armstrong Model 104N, used for about six years. You can literally see tarnish marks, and it turns out my sound was really affected too.

Point of me saying this is that my getting relatively far with an atrocious instrument surprises me, and kinda feels like I'd be pulling a Clearly-Fake-Talent Gabriella-Troy High School Musical kind of jump if I get the right flute.

IDK if that makes perfect sense. I sorta threw that up.

Anyway, I have a 1200-1800$ range. I'm looking for DARK TONED FLUTES. This is the kind that blends into the band. Full, open, while still having a good tone. Not brilliant. And I'm serious too -- I don't mean "oh well you know I want blend a little better IDK what you like" no I need like Ghirardelli DARK in-all-caps Chocolate-dark tone. DARK DARK DARK DARK DARK.

In short, here's what I'm looking for:
DARK-TONED FLUTE BRANDS AND MODELS. 1200-1800$. The works: Bb foot, open-holed, etc.

I'm open to more questions.

Thanks so much! Respond soon please!

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Re: Dark-Toned Flute Brands and Models?

Postby JButky » Mon Aug 15, 2016 9:45 pm

In short, here's what I'm looking for:
DARK-TONED FLUTE BRANDS AND MODELS. 1200-1800$. The works: Bb foot, open-holed, etc.
In short, there is no such thing. Bright and dark are subjective and can mean the opposite to different people. Secondly, Two people play the same flute, and the same listener can call one dark and the other player bright.

It's more of a question as to finding which one satisfies your needs based on how you play. No one hear can answer that except you. So go try a bunch of stuff and pick the one that everyone agrees sounds "Dark" when you play it.
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Re: Dark-Toned Flute Brands and Models?

Postby SylvreKat » Tue Aug 16, 2016 7:59 am

In short, here's what I'm looking for:
DARK-TONED FLUTE BRANDS AND MODELS. 1200-1800$. The works: Bb foot, open-holed, etc.
In short, there is no such thing. ...
Well, unless he gets an all-wood flute. My wood picc def sounds less brilliant than my silver picc. Although I have more control over dynamics on the silver. It's fun sometimes at concerts when I need both horns, plus the flute. Gosh, here I had wanted to be the girl with TWO instruments, and instead I'm sometimes the gal with THREE! :shock: :D

JButsky's right, you'll make the difference. Go play the same band music on different flutes. First of all, find ones that YOU like the feel/sound of. Then ask the shop folks to listen between them for any dark vs bright differences. And ask if you can return the one you settle on if your director just does NOT like the tone.

>'Kat
Flutes:
1975 Gemeinhardt M2 in chrome nickel
1982 Armstrong 80
2006 Yamaha 584

Piccs:
1978 Artley piece of crap 15 P
1982 Gemeinhardt 4S
1980s (?) Armstrong all wood (no model)

Bass:
2006 Jupiter di Medici G0199

Plus many many flute-cousins....


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