Jupiter 1011 Series diMedici Flute

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Jupiter 1011 Series diMedici Flute

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I just bought a Jupiter 1011 Series diMedici Flute. While I'm very excited because I've been playing the same Emerson since 7th grade (i'm a senior now), some things have been quite bothersome.
Do any of you own a diMedici? The embouchure hole seems quite square compared to all the flutes I've ever seen, and the tone is very airy. Is it because the embouchure hole is larger than I'm used to? Or what could it be?
Any advice on the diMedici's would be greatly appreciated!
Thanks,
Jen

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Post by fluteguy18 »

I havent tried a dimedici flute [at least in the past year] and the embouchure cut is normal. There are many different ways that the embouchure hole can be cut, and a more squared hole is perfectly normal. Some people like an more oval cut, some like a more square cut [ex. I like an oval cut, but my professor likes a square cut]. The airiness you are expieriancing is probably just the usual change from one kind of cut to another one on different flutes. With time, you will adjust to the new flute, and with tone excercises the airiness should go away.

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Post by flutepicc06 »

Fluteguy is quite right. The smaller, rounder embouchure holes are found primarily on older flutes, such as from the old French makers. The rectangular embouchure holes, assuming they are cut well, offer more power and are more often found on modern instruments. Of course, every maker has their own design specs, so you may see a rounded embouchure hole from a modern maker (Jack Moore for instance), or a more rectangular hole on an older flute.

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Post by arion »

I have a DiMedici and I love it dearly. The embrochure hole is squarish, but that, as has been said, shouldn't be responsible for the airy sound. I'm able to get a very clear tone out of mine, so don't worry about an inherent problem with the flute...I'd say just to work on accustoming yourself to the different feel of the flute, and maybe utilizing a slightly different mouth position to get that clearer tone? Practicing long notes and trying to get the best tone possible out of them ought to help with that. :)

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arion wrote: Practicing long notes and trying to get the best tone possible out of them ought to help with that. :)
Long tones don't do a whole lot unless you go somewhere with them. Working on crescendoing downward, or maintaining a constant tone between two pitches, or intonation. Merely sitting on a note until you run out of air is not the best way to improve. Also, the cut of the hole itself probably isn't causing the airiness, but the difference between the DiMedici and the Emerson very well could be the cause, so it may very well be the flute. As you adapt to the new instrument, the airiness will go away.

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I agree. Changing from one flute to another, from one specific type of cut to a completely different cut I believe would cause short term problems.

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I agree. Changing from one flute to another, from one specific type of cut to a completely different cut I believe would cause short term problems.

I disagree. I own and play on many different flutes, and pics. Even different headjoints. If you are really dedicated to having more than 1 instrument, here are some things that work for me. Try playing the same piece on the new flute that you can play on the old one. One that you play very well. Once you do this, you will be able to find that instrument's strengths, and weakness. Once you do this, you will need to play with it until you are able to adapt to the new instrument. I also play on Transverse Bamboo flutes, and 2 of them are never cut the same!

Warning, some people are better at adapting to multiple instruments than others. Only you know this for yourself.

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Post by fluteguy18 »

See, I was coming from a perspective where the problems would be short term in making a permanent switch [not merely switching from one flute to another repeatedly in one practice session] Some people are a lot more adaptable than others, and it would also make sense that you wouldnt have any trouble having multiple flutes, because you would have had time to get used to them all.

I have multiple piccs, and I can play them all equally well, but I have had time to adapt to them all. I can honestly tell you, that the first time I switched from a metal picc to a wooden picc, the tone wasnt it's greatest. But, I had to have an adjustment period. Now, it doesnt matter which picc I am playing because I have adjusted to the playing qualities of a new cut.

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I agree completely with Fluteguy. At first it will take a little time to get used to how to play an instrument, assuming it's new to you. After the initial acclimation, however, chances are there will be little or no trouble going between different flutes. There is a period at the very beginning where you have to expect to learn how that particular instrument works, but once you're used to it, changing between that instrument and others you are used to is not an issue. I've had instances where I've gone from alto to picc, to flute, to Db picc, to flute all in one hour long concert, and that posed no trouble for me because I know all those instruments. If I tried to do that with completely unfamiliar flutes, chances are I would have had a lot more trouble.

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Fluteguy, Chris

I agree. I just misunderstood the intent.

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No problem, and in case you want to use my real name for future reference, it is Adam.

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Yup...No problem.

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