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by JButky
Wed Sep 03, 2014 7:19 pm
Forum: Flute Repair and Maintenance
Topic: Problematic A# key
Replies: 7
Views: 2606

Re: Problematic A# key

What island is Music Center of Hawaii on? I'm on the Big Island, and the only place I'm aware of on this island that does anything at all is a furniture store in Hilo. I did check the C rod, and I've found that if I loosen the C rod tiny bit, it works ok... for about 5 mins, then sticks again. Hono...
by JButky
Wed Sep 03, 2014 6:02 am
Forum: Flute Repair and Maintenance
Topic: Problematic A# key
Replies: 7
Views: 2606

Re: Problematic A# key

I'm having an issue with my A# key. It seems to be getting stuck partway up. The pad isn't sticking, but the key doesn't seem to be moving freely. It seems to have a tiny bit of resistance. I had this instrument completely overhauled by the manufacturer just a couple of months ago, and I'm kind of ...
by JButky
Sun Aug 31, 2014 10:10 pm
Forum: Flute Repair and Maintenance
Topic: Vibration/tumble polishing?
Replies: 10
Views: 4662

Re: Vibration/tumble polishing?

Interesting. I don't think that I can get a body in mine (there's a fairly wide spindle in the middle), but I'm going to find out.....
The bracket in his hand has a ring where he's holding it. Goes over the spindle like a lamp shade...
by JButky
Sun Aug 31, 2014 4:14 pm
Forum: Flute Repair and Maintenance
Topic: Vibration/tumble polishing?
Replies: 10
Views: 4662

Re: Vibration/tumble polishing?

You can do the whole body too. My good friend Larry Gerhardt demonstrated his vibratory setup at our repair clinic last year. He built a frame which holds the flute body parts. I forget which media he was using, but it does an impressive job. Pic Attached
by JButky
Fri Aug 29, 2014 7:42 pm
Forum: Flute Repair and Maintenance
Topic: Vibration/tumble polishing?
Replies: 10
Views: 4662

Re: Vibration/tumble polishing?

There's a lot of overlap between flute making and jewelry making. I've read that jewelry makers use tumble and vibration polishers, using various polishing media from steel shot/pins to walnut shells. Do these have any use for cleaning & polishing flute parts? Yes, they are used by some techs. Not ...
by JButky
Fri Aug 22, 2014 8:37 pm
Forum: Flute Repair and Maintenance
Topic: Ferree's E100 Flute Key Arm Bending Set?
Replies: 4
Views: 1857

Re: Ferree's E100 Flute Key Arm Bending Set?

Ah, I think I see. Makes sense. The catalog says something about "dialing in" the attack angle, which I guess means something along the lines of "hit it harder to adjust it more!" :lol:
Yes, exactly, A little tap goes a long way!
by JButky
Fri Aug 22, 2014 5:38 pm
Forum: Flute Repair and Maintenance
Topic: Ferree's E100 Flute Key Arm Bending Set?
Replies: 4
Views: 1857

Re: Ferree's E100 Flute Key Arm Bending Set?

Hi, Does anybody have instructions or a description of how to use this? I've seen it from time to time in the Ferree's catalog but I can't find anything about how to use it. Would you recommend it? --TcJ What exactly do you need to know? I designed that tool, Gary Ferree borrowed my set and Curtis ...
by JButky
Thu Aug 14, 2014 11:55 am
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: Traditional Irish Flute
Replies: 6
Views: 1773

Re: Traditional Irish Flute

Hammy Hamilton in Ireland. I have a flute and a pic. Love them. http://www.hamiltonflutes.com
Oh Yah! I forgot about Hammy! Good stuff
by JButky
Wed Aug 13, 2014 12:43 pm
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: Altus 807 vs Azumi Az3?
Replies: 3
Views: 3766

Re: Altus 807 vs Azumi Az3?

The 807 comes with the Classic "S" cut. The Z cut is basically the S but made more square in its geometry. While you can't get a Z cut on a 807 you can always get one later and "upgrade" your 807 with your choice of headjoint. The other big difference is the keywork Azumi vs Altus. The better Altus ...
by JButky
Mon Aug 11, 2014 11:15 am
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: Traditional Irish Flute
Replies: 6
Views: 1773

Re: Traditional Irish Flute

I'm interested in purchasing a traditional Irish flute to use in my Celtic band. I'm currently looking at a Casey Burns folk flute in blackwood, but I'm really out of my element here. Couple that with the fact that I live on an island in the middle of the Pacific and can't really try anything out, ...
by JButky
Sun Aug 03, 2014 8:46 pm
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: Solid Silver Flutes
Replies: 5
Views: 1864

Re: Solid Silver Flutes

Okay, I wasn't sure about gold plating on a silver plated instrument. The guy who sold it to us made the mistake of falsely advertising it, he was okay with giving us our money back. Since then my parents and I found a Sonaré SF-5000. It has a solid silver headjoint, B-foot, split E mechanism and i...
by JButky
Thu Jul 31, 2014 12:26 pm
Forum: Website related Questions
Topic: Message board down
Replies: 20
Views: 9254

Re: Message board down

Wow, today it's all working here! If something was done, it was really good, because it seems problems are gone :-) Don't know about that. I haven't been able to get in since Tuesday. I did this morning. It let me look at your post and as soon as I hit reply, it went down. So this is the first chan...
by JButky
Fri Jul 18, 2014 6:09 am
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: Solid Silver Flutes
Replies: 5
Views: 1864

Re: Solid Silver Flutes

I recently put Gemeinhardt 3b flute with a gold-plated lip plate on layaway believing that the head was solid silver, but I'm starting to second guess myself and I think it's only silver plated. Would they put a gold lip plate on a silver plated flute? It's really nice. Please respond, I'm freaking...
by JButky
Wed Jul 16, 2014 8:54 pm
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: Pearl Elegant flute head joint tenon size??
Replies: 1
Views: 1056

Re: Pearl Elegant flute head joint tenon size??

I'm looking into buying a Guo grenaditte head joint, but I need to know the exact tenon size of the pearl elegante "forza" head joint so I can buy the correct one. Does anyone know the size? Thanks!! Flute bores are 19mm, pearl bodies are generally .40mm give or take a little for fitting. 19.8mm sh...
by JButky
Wed Jul 16, 2014 8:44 pm
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: SankyoCF401 Artist: Should I?
Replies: 13
Views: 2740

Re: SankyoCF401 Artist: It Came!

What are the pluses and minuses of NEL compared to the Split E option? Also: how can I check the serial number of the flute to determine its date of manufacture? The NEL partially fills in the duplicate G# tone hole partially eliminating the double vented note without adding any mechanism. The spli...

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