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by pied_piper
Sat Aug 11, 2018 4:50 pm
Forum: Flute Repair and Maintenance
Topic: Pad replacement advice
Replies: 3
Views: 387

Re: Pad replacement advice

A person who is technically astute and good at working with their hands may be able to successfully repad a flute if they have good instructions to follow. The problem is that often people with little or no mechanical ability think "How hard can it be? I just unscrew the pads and put in new ones" So...
by pied_piper
Thu Aug 09, 2018 10:47 pm
Forum: Flute Playing and Practicing Basics
Topic: Good or bad?
Replies: 1
Views: 96

Re: Good or bad?

I always practice on my good flute (Muramatsu). The other flutes I have a backups only and are exclusively used for that purpose. However, i have not had to use a backup flute for a performance in many years. The only time I pull them out and play them is just to check that they are in good working ...
by pied_piper
Thu Aug 09, 2018 2:10 pm
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: Digital flute music... is it the end of print???
Replies: 3
Views: 169

Re: Digital flute music... is it the end of print???

I also see a need for both. Storing and cataloging printed music is easy. Buy a filing cabinet and manila folders or envelopes. Place said printed music in a folder or envelope, write the title and composer on the outside, and place it in the file cabinet in alphabetic order. Easy, peasy. Libraries ...
by pied_piper
Tue Aug 07, 2018 9:43 pm
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: Flute Purchase Help!
Replies: 1
Views: 93

Re: Flute Purchase Help!

Welcome to Fluteland! First of all, I'd like to suggest that you read through the Fluteland FAQ: http://www.fluteland.com/board/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=5859 It has a collection of good information about flutes, playing, buying instruments, online flute stores, etc. Take a look at that and then come back...
by pied_piper
Mon Aug 06, 2018 8:29 pm
Forum: Flute Repair and Maintenance
Topic: Yamaha advantage 200ad footjoint question and repair
Replies: 3
Views: 89

Re: Yamaha advantage 200ad footjoint question and repair

If the keys are touching, one of them is bent and needs to be straightened. Do not try to fix it with ordinary pliers or screwdriver. As a repair tech, some of the worst damage I see to musical instruments is caused by do-it-yourselfers. If you try to fix it yourself without knowing which one is the...
by pied_piper
Mon Aug 06, 2018 8:19 pm
Forum: Flute Playing and Practicing Basics
Topic: Baroque flute players, please help me!
Replies: 3
Views: 72

Re: Baroque flute players, please help me!

Baroque flutes typically have a very oval embouchure hole that requires a slightly different air stream, but most players can quickly adapt to it. Try playing just the headjoint alone to see if you can get a decent sound. Alternately cover and open the open end of the headjoint for different pitches...
by pied_piper
Sun Aug 05, 2018 8:43 pm
Forum: Flute Playing and Practicing Basics
Topic: Baroque flute players, please help me!
Replies: 3
Views: 72

Re: Baroque flute players, please help me!

Does your C flute have open holes? You may simply not be accustomed to covering holes with your fingers. My guess would be that you are not completely covering one or more of the holes of your baroque flute. Stand in front of a mirror or have a friend closely look while you play starting with B. Be ...
by pied_piper
Sun Aug 05, 2018 8:35 pm
Forum: Flute Repair and Maintenance
Topic: Yamaha advantage 200ad footjoint question and repair
Replies: 3
Views: 89

Re: Yamaha advantage 200ad footjoint question and repair

Most likely, the D# key is pressing against the C# and pushing it down. Otherwise, the steel hinge rod may be slightly bent or rusted causing them to move together. Your best bet is to take it to a flute repair shop and have it checked. It should be a fairly simple repair.
by pied_piper
Thu Aug 02, 2018 7:56 pm
Forum: Flute Playing and Practicing Basics
Topic: Flute seems to get very wet inside
Replies: 1
Views: 66

Re: Flute seems to get very wet inside

It's completely normal to get moisture inside a flute while playing. You are blowing warm (98.6 degree) moist air into a cold (~70-75 degree) flute. It's like breathing on a window pane - condensation forms. Keeping your swab handy will do a good job of mopping-up the moisture. If any of the pad cov...
by pied_piper
Fri Jul 27, 2018 1:59 pm
Forum: Flute Basics
Topic: Able to play B,A,G but F, Eb are unable to play out
Replies: 1
Views: 185

Re: Able to play B,A,G but F, Eb are unable to play out

It's very likely that the G or G# pad is leaking. Take it to a repair shop and they can tell you whether it's you or if there is a problem with the flute.
by pied_piper
Tue Jul 17, 2018 8:31 pm
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: Help tracking down my instruments history
Replies: 5
Views: 272

Re: Help tracking down my instruments history

Unfortunately, serial numbers are not an exact science. Sometimes, the manufacturers changed models or the numbering scheme and sometimes the serial numbers between models overlap or were not consistent by year. Accurate records were not always kept. Since there are no model C piccolos with a "6" se...
by pied_piper
Wed Jul 11, 2018 8:36 pm
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: 9K vs 14K Aurumite
Replies: 1
Views: 333

Re: 9K vs 14K Aurumite

The topic of materials comes up quite often, but frankly scientific studies have shown that the material a flute is made from has no impact upon its sound. The statement that gold sounds better is a frequently heard urban legend. The characteristic sound of any given flute is determined by geometry,...
by pied_piper
Thu Jul 05, 2018 3:04 pm
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: Flute shopping
Replies: 2
Views: 207

Re: Flute shopping

Many/most of the better flutes sold today are tuned to A442. This includes Muramatsu, Sankyo, Yamaha, DiZhao, and others. I play a Muramatsu tuned to A442 and I play all the time with groups that tune to A440. It's not a problem to adjust that small amount. The 2hz difference does not matter much be...
by pied_piper
Sat Jun 30, 2018 10:06 am
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: yfl-221 with a serial no.starting in 4 ending in A
Replies: 1
Views: 107

Re: yfl-221 with a serial no.starting in 4 ending in A

This site has lots of information about Yamaha musical instruments.

https://sites.google.com/site/yamahacol ... alist/home
by pied_piper
Thu Jun 28, 2018 7:59 pm
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: Flute Repair - Pressing too hard on key mechanism
Replies: 2
Views: 443

Re: Flute Repair - Pressing too hard on key mechanism

First, it sounds like you are just not holding the flute properly. Far too often, I see players using saddles because they simply were never taught the proper way to hold a flute. I'd suggest taking a few lessons from a flute teacher who can help you adjust your hand position. That may also help wit...

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