Picked up my AF-900 Amadeus today.
- Sterling silver headjoint, body and foot joint.
High E Facilitator
It doesn't seem as responsive as I expected a $2700 flute would be, especially compared to my Yamaha YFL-461H that I had previously owned. I don't know if it's because it's right out of the box and I didn't have it "adjusted" yet (the tech wasn't there today), or because there's a defect, or whatever, but it feels "resistant".
The intonation seems fine and even.
Huge problem: Cannot play any notes higher than high F. When I finger the F#, G, G# and higher, no sound comes out at all. Again, the Yamaha in this regard, even though it was a less expensive flute, was significantly better.
I must admit that the gold springs make an ENORMOUS difference in the feel of the keys; the action is light, easy, quiet and really wonderful. I also like that the D# key is smaller, as are all the keys on the foot joint, compared to other flutes I've tried.
I guess I'm not overwhelmed by this instrument, and I'm mighty disappointed. However, I will reserve final judgment until I have had some more time with it, and after I bring it back to the store on Monday to have it adjusted by the flute tech (he's an expert). Otherwise I may go back to my original plan of the YFL-674H.
In the meantime, I hope everyone here is having a wonderful holiday, and that 2011 will be a happy, healthy and music-filled one for you! Any comments on the upper register issue would be appreciated.
Oh one more thing: does anyone know the difference between a high E facilitator and a split E? I'm wondering if this "facilitator" has something to do with the upper register being "dead", although high E and F are fine. Thanks.