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by pied_piper
Mon Mar 30, 2020 5:37 pm
Forum: Flute Basics
Topic: Pinky action on 'fast' passages
Replies: 3
Views: 179

Re: Pinky action on 'fast' passages

That piccolo part is fairly busy and with trills to boot. I think for that section, cheating with the pinky is probably OK to do.
by pied_piper
Mon Mar 30, 2020 5:31 pm
Forum: Intermediate Flute Playing Tips and Questions
Topic: Looking for intermediate flute to buy
Replies: 5
Views: 204

Re: Looking for intermediate flute to buy

No problem. However, I'm afraid I will have to respectfully disagree with your teacher. Pearl flutes are very good, well made instruments. The Pearl 500 is an older model so I will assume you did not buy it new. It is possible that a previous owner did not take good care of it or perhaps a previous ...
by pied_piper
Sun Mar 29, 2020 5:49 pm
Forum: Intermediate Flute Playing Tips and Questions
Topic: Looking for intermediate flute to buy
Replies: 5
Views: 204

Re: Looking for intermediate flute to buy

Pearl is a Japanese company. The Pearl 505 is a respectable student level flute and not the cheap junk that can be bought online or on eBay. Being a closed hole flute, I am perplexed by your comment : " which makes certain notes hard to play and has bigger hole than standard to cover". With closed h...
by pied_piper
Fri Mar 27, 2020 6:04 pm
Forum: Flute Basics
Topic: Pinky action on 'fast' passages
Replies: 3
Views: 179

Re: Pinky action on 'fast' passages

As you pointed out, children tend to be able to learn faster, but it's never too late to learn and develop faster finger movement. It just takes a bit longer as you age. It's all about muscle memory which take time to develop. Keep working those finger patterns and speed will come with time. Leaving...
by pied_piper
Thu Mar 26, 2020 5:35 pm
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: Flutes and COVID19
Replies: 3
Views: 155

Re: Flutes and COVID19

I urge you to visit the CDC website for the most up-to-date and most accurate information about Covid 19. CDC Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Here is an excerpt: Person-to-person spread The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person. Between people who are in close contact with one ...
by pied_piper
Wed Jan 29, 2020 9:16 pm
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: Post not showing
Replies: 3
Views: 4276

Re: Post not showing

You should now be able to post without moderation. :D.
by pied_piper
Wed Jan 29, 2020 9:14 pm
Forum: Flute Repair and Maintenance
Topic: Split E mechanism
Replies: 2
Views: 3580

Re: Split E mechanism

Is it important to have the F# key seal tightly on flutes with split E mechanism? Flutes with an E facilitator ring don't seal at all and play just fine. The split E mechanism seems more like a sales gimmick than anything. What do you think? Well, there are pros and cons to the split E mechanism. S...
by pied_piper
Wed Jan 29, 2020 9:09 pm
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: Aquisitions (2020)
Replies: 1
Views: 1729

Re: Aquisitions (2020)

Nice! In addition to my concert flute family, I also play world flutes, tin whistles, etc. They are always fun to play.
by pied_piper
Tue Jan 28, 2020 5:31 pm
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: My Introduction
Replies: 1
Views: 1796

Re: My Introduction

Welcome to Fluteland. You will find a number of others relatively new to the flute plus a number of experienced flutists. A few pros sometimes visit too. We look forward to your discussions
by pied_piper
Tue Jan 28, 2020 5:29 pm
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: Post not showing
Replies: 3
Views: 4276

Re: Post not showing

Our apologies for the delay. We only have a small number of moderators to approve posts from new users. After you've made a few more approved posts, you will graduate to regular user status and can post with waiting for approval.
by pied_piper
Wed Jan 22, 2020 8:43 pm
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: What are these tiny pins for?
Replies: 1
Views: 1972

Re: What are these tiny pins for?

The pins are there to connect multiple keys to different pad cups on the same hinge rod. In those cases, there is an inner and an outer hinge rod. For example, there are two trill keys that share a single hinge rod but in reality there is an inner hinge inside the outer hinge. This allows the second...
by pied_piper
Wed Jan 22, 2020 7:53 pm
Forum: Flute Playing and Practicing Basics
Topic: A not so leaky flute!
Replies: 7
Views: 2486

Re: A not so leaky flute!

On flutes and clarinets, testing with a leak light may point out bad leaks, but using the light on a phone will certainly not be reliable. Because the pad skins are translucent, light dissipates through and small leaks may not be visible, especially if the leaks are at the back of the pad. The only ...
by pied_piper
Sun Jan 19, 2020 8:55 pm
Forum: Flute Playing and Practicing Basics
Topic: A not so leaky flute!
Replies: 7
Views: 2486

Re: A not so leaky flute!

Well, simply plugging the end of a flute or clarinet and blowing air into it is not a particularly accurate way of determining if there is a leak or finding it. The Eb/D# key is sprung closed and it actually does not take a lot of air to blow it open. So, that may have happened (and probably did hap...
by pied_piper
Mon Jan 06, 2020 10:39 pm
Forum: Flute Playing and Practicing Basics
Topic: Indvidual Practice Help
Replies: 2
Views: 1909

Re: Indvidual Practice Help

Here are my thoughts: 1- Have you looked for a new teacher in your current location? 2 - If there are none near you, you might consider online lessons via Skype. 3 - If that is not an option, buy the Trevor Wye series of flute books and work your way through them in order 1 to 6. Trevor Wye - Practi...
by pied_piper
Sat Jan 04, 2020 10:37 pm
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: Armstrong flute- I want to figure out when it was made?
Replies: 1
Views: 1743

Re: Armstrong flute- I want to figure out when it was made?

Your flute was made in 1980. That is determined by the "30" prefix to the serial number. From 1974 to present - The prefix number plus 50 will give you the date manufactured. So, 30 + 50 = 80 (1980).