How important is it to have a gizmo/high C facilitator....

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asoalin
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How important is it to have a gizmo/high C facilitator....

Post by asoalin » Mon Dec 17, 2007 6:16 pm

if you're using a B foot?

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Post by flutepicc06 » Mon Dec 17, 2007 7:25 pm

It's not at all necessary. Most people don't use them except for extended C4's, and even then they aren't necessary. The gizmo is simply too awkward fro most players to use it consistently.

The gizmo may clear up the tone slightly on C4, depending on the instrument and the player, but it's perfectly possible to play without a gizmo. In fact, Sir James Galway special orders his flutes with B foot, and without the gizmo. However, most flutes you find with a B foot will already have a gizmo built on it. Like most options on a flute, it doesn't matter one way or the other so long as you're happy with how the flute performs.

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