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by pied_piper
Tue Jul 21, 2020 8:34 pm
Forum: Flute Repair and Maintenance
Topic: can I clean the inside of the flute using rubbing alcohol
Replies: 2
Views: 186

Re: can I clean the inside of the flute using rubbing alcohol

It's safe to wipe down the outside of the headjoint and body with a microfiber or similar soft cloth that has been lightly moistened with alcohol. You can do the same to the inside of the headjoint using a handkerchief-sized cloth on the cleaning rod. You can also clean the inside of the embouchure ...
by pied_piper
Tue Jul 21, 2020 5:11 pm
Forum: Flute Repair and Maintenance
Topic: Split E Arm; is this OK?
Replies: 1
Views: 43

Re: Split E Arm; is this OK?

Something does look a bit out of line. It might be bent or there might be a loose screw allowing it to slip out of position.

Can you share some additional photos from different angles/perspectives?
by pied_piper
Tue Jul 21, 2020 5:10 pm
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: When Can I Look for a Flute Teacher?
Replies: 2
Views: 673

Re: When Can I Look for a Flute Teacher?

I suspect this will vary by region because some areas are having more cases of COVID than others. Call around your area to see what you can find. Try calling music stores, schools, and universities for suggestions. There are are number of teachers offering online lessons. Try a Google search to find...
by pied_piper
Tue Jul 21, 2020 5:07 pm
Forum: Intermediate and Advanced Flute Topics
Topic: Unusual problem
Replies: 9
Views: 5171

Re: Unusual problem

Glad I could help.
by pied_piper
Fri Jul 17, 2020 2:25 pm
Forum: Intermediate and Advanced Flute Topics
Topic: Unusual problem
Replies: 9
Views: 5171

Re: Unusual problem

Playing the flute is quite different than playing sax. The various registers of the flute are controlled more by embouchure flexibility rather than the oral cavity. You can't think about flute registers in the same way as the sax. Yes, oral cavity is very important for sax altissimo, but not so much...
by pied_piper
Fri Jul 17, 2020 1:50 pm
Forum: Flute Playing and Practicing Basics
Topic: Tongue shape and location when playing
Replies: 3
Views: 329

Re: Tongue shape and location when playing

Yes, but the answer I gave included various vowels used with tonguing. Those different vowels change the oral cavity. I thought that would be obvious.
by pied_piper
Wed Jul 15, 2020 8:25 pm
Forum: Flute Playing and Practicing Basics
Topic: Tongue shape and location when playing
Replies: 3
Views: 329

Re: Tongue shape and location when playing

I also double on Sax, Flute , and Clarinet. For me, tonguing varies with the articulation. Depending upon what I'm playing, my tongue placement will vary a bit but it is usually based upon "too", "tee", "taa", "tuh", "doo", "dee" "daa", or "duh". And, that's not including the variations with double ...
by pied_piper
Tue Jul 14, 2020 5:01 pm
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: W.T. Armstrong 103 manufacture date
Replies: 1
Views: 109

Re: W.T. Armstrong 103 manufacture date

Armstrong is now owned by Conn-Selmer. Their website indicates:

Note: From 1974 to present - The prefix number plus 50 will give you the date manufactured.
For example: Serial# 24-58637 = 24 + 50 = 1974

So, in your case 28+ 50 = (19)78.
by pied_piper
Sat Jul 11, 2020 1:34 pm
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: New conservatory level flute - Powell vs Haynes vs Muramatsu
Replies: 4
Views: 357

Re: New conservatory level flute - Powell vs Haynes vs Muramatsu

Congratulations! Hope you are happy with it. It's a great flute.
by pied_piper
Fri Jul 03, 2020 10:18 am
Forum: Flute Repair and Maintenance
Topic: Flute head joint dent repair cost
Replies: 1
Views: 310

Re: Flute head joint dent repair cost

As long as the lip plate itself is not damaged, it should be a relatively easy repair. Often, large round dents are easier to remove than small dents that place a crease in the metal. Prices will vary depending upon the severity and each repair shop has their own pricing but I would guess in the ran...
by pied_piper
Wed Jul 01, 2020 4:25 pm
Forum: Flute Repair and Maintenance
Topic: Flute's G key not working
Replies: 8
Views: 308

Re: Flute's G key not working

OK, so with Split-E, when you play G, the G lever is supposed to close the double G/G# keys. Because you can play lower notes but not G, the lever indicated by "G" (with a screw) in the photo is probably not closing both the G/G# keys. When you play notes with the E key, it properly closes the G key...
by pied_piper
Tue Jun 30, 2020 6:04 pm
Forum: Flute Repair and Maintenance
Topic: Flute's G key not working
Replies: 8
Views: 308

Re: Flute's G key not working

Does your flute have a split E?
by pied_piper
Mon Jun 29, 2020 4:37 pm
Forum: Flute Repair and Maintenance
Topic: Flute's G key not working
Replies: 8
Views: 308

Re: Flute's G key not working

Well, "playing with the screws" is highly ill advised if you are not trained in instrument repair. It's sort of like opening the hood of an automobile and playing with every nut, bolt, or adjustment that you see. It's likely that whatever was wrong, if you moved any adjustment screws, you've likely ...
by pied_piper
Sat Jun 27, 2020 5:33 pm
Forum: Flute Repair and Maintenance
Topic: Gemeinhardt key rod thread size?
Replies: 1
Views: 120

Re: Gemeinhardt key rod thread size?

Flute rods are not universal and every brand uses different hinge rod sizes, different thread sizes, and different lengths. According to a reference I have, Gemeinhardt uses 1-72 thread on the hinge rods. Each rod on the Gemeinhardt is also a different length. Replacements should be available or a r...
by pied_piper
Wed Jun 17, 2020 8:52 pm
Forum: Flute Playing and Practicing Basics
Topic: Slow response
Replies: 3
Views: 408

Re: Slow response

I'd suggest that you find an experienced flutist who could try your flute to find out if there is a problem with your flute. Then you will have a better idea if it is you or your flute.