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tlsparkman
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Help Understanding Strange Key Layout/Sequence

Postby tlsparkman » Sat Oct 27, 2018 11:26 am

I have a Powell Sonare SF6000, open hole B-foot flute. It appears to me that if I installed hole plugs, the flute would not be able to play the E note.

Let me try to explain:
When working down in sequence one note at a time from the top (note C), when I close the F key the D key also closes (as well as the F# key). So when I proceed to the next key, note F, the D key is also already (still) closed. That would mean that if a hole plug was in the D key, then note E would not be played at all, but would default to D. ?? Of course without the plug the open hole of the D key allows for the E note.

Is that strange? Am I missing something? Note that I have not installed plugs yet, but it dawned on me that this would happen if I did.

Sincerely, a newbie in the dark. Thanks.

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Re: Help Understanding Strange Key Layout/Sequence

Postby pied_piper » Sat Oct 27, 2018 9:18 pm

There is a problem with your flute. The E and D keys should NOT be closing with the F. The E and D keys should close ONLY when you close them with your fingers. There are several things that could possibly cause this.

The springs could be unhooked on the E and D keys. (Possible but not likely that both would come unhooked at the same time)
The E and D keys hinge on the the same rod. The hinge rod could be rusty, dirty or slightly bent causing the keys to bind and move together when they should not.

Regardless of the problem, your flute needs some attention and you should take it to a flute repair shop. The technician has the tools and knowledge to restore your flute to proper operation.
"Never give a flute player a screwdriver."
--anonymous--

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Re: Help Understanding Strange Key Layout/Sequence

Postby tlsparkman » Sun Oct 28, 2018 9:40 am

Thank you pied_piper. I was counting on some wisdom and experience from this forum, and am grateful for your input. Also nice to know I was on the right track.

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Re: Help Understanding Strange Key Layout/Sequence

Postby tlsparkman » Sun Oct 28, 2018 12:37 pm

I just went and looked a bit closer at my flute, based on what you said, and I found... as you suspected... a spring that had come dislocated. I replaced it and the problem is resolved. Thanks much.

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Re: Help Understanding Strange Key Layout/Sequence

Postby pied_piper » Sun Oct 28, 2018 5:22 pm

I'm glad i was able to help!
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