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by pied_piper
Sat Jul 24, 2021 4:03 pm
Forum: Intermediate Flute Playing Tips and Questions
Topic: Where to go after dropping lessons?
Replies: 1
Views: 58

Re: Where to go after dropping lessons?

Your best bet would be to find another flute teacher that better meshes with your expectations. Check out nearby universities and professional symphonies and find out if they have someone on their staff who offers flute lessons. Interview more than one teacher and discuss your frustrations. Ask how ...
by pied_piper
Sun Jul 11, 2021 1:38 pm
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: Testing foot joint pads on flute
Replies: 1
Views: 147

Re: Testing foot joint pads on flute

The Magnehelic Leak Tester is designed precisely for the purpose you want. https://www.jlsmithco.com/product/the-mag-machine/ https://www.musicmedic.com/catalog/product/view/id/45452/s/musicmedic-com-leak-tester-full-size/category/68/ Use this accessory for testing flutes for individual pad leaks. h...
by pied_piper
Wed Jul 07, 2021 9:01 pm
Forum: Flute Repair and Maintenance
Topic: Bass flute
Replies: 1
Views: 150

Re: Bass flute

by pied_piper
Wed Jul 07, 2021 8:59 pm
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: Anyone tried the SR (Star River) Alto Flute? Any Good?
Replies: 1
Views: 105

Re: Anyone tried the SR (Star River) Alto Flute? Any Good?

The gold source for alto and bass flute info is Chris potter's Low Flutes web site. She regularly tests many alto and bass flutes and posts her recommendations. You can find it here:

ALTO, BASS & CONTRABASS RECOMMENDATIONS
by pied_piper
Sat Jun 26, 2021 9:50 am
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: Old Muramatsu flutes
Replies: 2
Views: 191

Re: Old Muramatsu flutes

I play a modern Muramatsu but unfortunately, I cannot tell you much about any of the older M series flutes. I believe that all Muramatsu flute are and were handmade. Most likely, the older models simply designate which ones were open or closed holes, all silver, silver body w/plated keys, or silver ...
by pied_piper
Sat Jun 26, 2021 9:43 am
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: new flute
Replies: 2
Views: 167

Re: new flute

No one can tell you which flute will be best for you. Everyone is different and will get different results with different flutes. You need to try them yourself and pick the one that plays the way YOU want it to play.
by pied_piper
Wed May 19, 2021 8:33 pm
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: Help with info about my late mother's Haynes flute
Replies: 1
Views: 187

Re: Help with info about my late mother's Haynes flute

An unofficial list of Haynes serial numbers indicates your flute was made in 1960: https://www.flutes.com/haynes-flute-serial-numbers/ To confirm the year or to get additional information about the flute, you can contact Haynes Flute directly via their contact page: https://www.wmshaynes.com/getinto...
by pied_piper
Tue May 18, 2021 7:48 pm
Forum: Flute Repair and Maintenance
Topic: Homemade flute sleeves
Replies: 2
Views: 582

Re: Homemade flute sleeves

Flute stands are OK to use for very brief breaks in your practice but it's not a good idea to leave your flute on a stand when you are finished practicing. Leaving them out makes them subject to more rapid tarnishing and leaves them vulnerable to accidental damage. This is especially true when pets ...
by pied_piper
Sun May 16, 2021 2:01 pm
Forum: Advanced Flute Topics
Topic: how to achieve the "harsh" sound?
Replies: 2
Views: 373

Re: how to achieve the "harsh" sound?

Well, there are several ways to get a "harsh" sound on the flute: 1- Fluttertongue - This is done exactly as the name indicates. The tongue is fluttered like rolling an R in Spanish while you play - rrrrrrrrrrrrrr 2 - Flutter the uvula - The uvula at the back of the throat can be fluttered in a simi...
by pied_piper
Mon May 10, 2021 4:11 pm
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: Old Bundy Flute help
Replies: 3
Views: 456

Re: Old Bundy Flute help

Try looking up the serial number at this site. It has a lot of different brands listed and Bundy is one of them.

https://www.musictrader.com/serialnumbers
by pied_piper
Thu Mar 18, 2021 8:14 pm
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: new flute
Replies: 3
Views: 685

Re: new flute

There are a lot of good brands and a bunch of lousy ones. I'll refer you to the Fluteland FAQ on this board. It has a list of good flute brands and a number of reputable dealers. This has been compiled and refined by members of this group. See this link:

Fluteland FAQ 2.1
by pied_piper
Wed Mar 17, 2021 3:56 pm
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: new flute
Replies: 3
Views: 685

Re: new flute

You can buy a better closed hole flute or if you prefer the open holes, get a set of plugs to close the holes. Try removing one and continue playing for a few weeks to adjust to that one open hole. Later, remove another and repeat. If you find one hole that give you problems just keep it plugged. Th...
by pied_piper
Wed Mar 17, 2021 3:53 pm
Forum: Website related Questions
Topic: Back to flute after 20 years
Replies: 3
Views: 1382

Re: Back to flute after 20 years

Practice long tones and try to achieve a consistency of tone. If you find yourself regressing, take a break and resume in a half hour. As you develop your embouchure muscles, things will become more consistent.
by pied_piper
Sat Mar 06, 2021 4:40 pm
Forum: Flute Repair and Maintenance
Topic: Powell Signature
Replies: 3
Views: 963

Re: Powell Signature

The S2 pads are very similar to Straubinger and were created to compete with Straubinger. There are some small differences, but they are of similar design and construction and one should expect similar performance from both. It's sort of like the difference between Mercedes and BMW. :D
by pied_piper
Wed Feb 10, 2021 9:39 pm
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: Hello
Replies: 1
Views: 541

Re: Hello

Hi and welcome to Fluteland. It is possible to modify a flute to accommodate various physical limitations such as arthritis but there are not a lot of flute technicians who can reliably perform such modifications. Some of the more common changes are to add touch plates or extensions to some keys so ...