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by pied_piper
Tue Sep 07, 2021 7:25 pm
Forum: Flute Basics
Topic: Do I need my Pinky on certain notes?
Replies: 3
Views: 1998

Re: Do I need my Pinky on certain notes?

The flute is balanced using three points: your chin, the first joint of your left pointer finger, and your right pinky finger. Once you get the hang of equalizing the light pressure across all three points, balancing the flute will be easier. There are only a few notes played that require removing t...
by pied_piper
Tue Sep 07, 2021 7:19 pm
Forum: Intermediate Flute Playing Tips and Questions
Topic: Returning to playing
Replies: 1
Views: 188

Re: Returning to playing

Your best bet is to play a little each day - even if it's only for a few minutes. That is far better than trying to do long marathon practice sessions once or twice a week.
by pied_piper
Tue Sep 07, 2021 7:13 pm
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: Need help dating my piccolo
Replies: 1
Views: 126

Re: Need help dating my piccolo

The CW just means it is a C piccolo made of wood. I think you can use the 4W serial number chart. 2550 would place it in the 1981-1985 range. Since yours in on the lower end of that range it was likely made in 81 or 82.
by pied_piper
Tue Sep 07, 2021 7:08 pm
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: D flat piccolos
Replies: 1
Views: 66

Re: D flat piccolos

No. Both the head and body must match the key.
by pied_piper
Mon Aug 09, 2021 8:17 pm
Forum: Flute Repair and Maintenance
Topic: NYC area Repair Classes/Workshops
Replies: 5
Views: 4694

Re: NYC area Repair Classes/Workshops

The link that was in my previous message was no longer valid. I Googled the author and found a new link:

https://etd.ohiolink.edu/apexprod/rws_o ... 1211871566
by pied_piper
Sat Jul 24, 2021 4:03 pm
Forum: Intermediate Flute Playing Tips and Questions
Topic: Where to go after dropping lessons?
Replies: 1
Views: 340

Re: Where to go after dropping lessons?

Your best bet would be to find another flute teacher that better meshes with your expectations. Check out nearby universities and professional symphonies and find out if they have someone on their staff who offers flute lessons. Interview more than one teacher and discuss your frustrations. Ask how ...
by pied_piper
Sun Jul 11, 2021 1:38 pm
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: Testing foot joint pads on flute
Replies: 1
Views: 291

Re: Testing foot joint pads on flute

The Magnehelic Leak Tester is designed precisely for the purpose you want. https://www.jlsmithco.com/product/the-mag-machine/ https://www.musicmedic.com/catalog/product/view/id/45452/s/musicmedic-com-leak-tester-full-size/category/68/ Use this accessory for testing flutes for individual pad leaks. h...
by pied_piper
Wed Jul 07, 2021 9:01 pm
Forum: Flute Repair and Maintenance
Topic: Bass flute
Replies: 1
Views: 258

Re: Bass flute

by pied_piper
Wed Jul 07, 2021 8:59 pm
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: Anyone tried the SR (Star River) Alto Flute? Any Good?
Replies: 1
Views: 266

Re: Anyone tried the SR (Star River) Alto Flute? Any Good?

The gold source for alto and bass flute info is Chris potter's Low Flutes web site. She regularly tests many alto and bass flutes and posts her recommendations. You can find it here:

ALTO, BASS & CONTRABASS RECOMMENDATIONS
by pied_piper
Sat Jun 26, 2021 9:50 am
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: Old Muramatsu flutes
Replies: 2
Views: 350

Re: Old Muramatsu flutes

I play a modern Muramatsu but unfortunately, I cannot tell you much about any of the older M series flutes. I believe that all Muramatsu flute are and were handmade. Most likely, the older models simply designate which ones were open or closed holes, all silver, silver body w/plated keys, or silver ...
by pied_piper
Sat Jun 26, 2021 9:43 am
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: new flute
Replies: 2
Views: 358

Re: new flute

No one can tell you which flute will be best for you. Everyone is different and will get different results with different flutes. You need to try them yourself and pick the one that plays the way YOU want it to play.
by pied_piper
Wed May 19, 2021 8:33 pm
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: Help with info about my late mother's Haynes flute
Replies: 1
Views: 344

Re: Help with info about my late mother's Haynes flute

An unofficial list of Haynes serial numbers indicates your flute was made in 1960: https://www.flutes.com/haynes-flute-serial-numbers/ To confirm the year or to get additional information about the flute, you can contact Haynes Flute directly via their contact page: https://www.wmshaynes.com/getinto...
by pied_piper
Tue May 18, 2021 7:48 pm
Forum: Flute Repair and Maintenance
Topic: Homemade flute sleeves
Replies: 2
Views: 756

Re: Homemade flute sleeves

Flute stands are OK to use for very brief breaks in your practice but it's not a good idea to leave your flute on a stand when you are finished practicing. Leaving them out makes them subject to more rapid tarnishing and leaves them vulnerable to accidental damage. This is especially true when pets ...
by pied_piper
Sun May 16, 2021 2:01 pm
Forum: Advanced Flute Topics
Topic: how to achieve the "harsh" sound?
Replies: 2
Views: 528

Re: how to achieve the "harsh" sound?

Well, there are several ways to get a "harsh" sound on the flute: 1- Fluttertongue - This is done exactly as the name indicates. The tongue is fluttered like rolling an R in Spanish while you play - rrrrrrrrrrrrrr 2 - Flutter the uvula - The uvula at the back of the throat can be fluttered in a simi...
by pied_piper
Mon May 10, 2021 4:11 pm
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: Old Bundy Flute help
Replies: 3
Views: 739

Re: Old Bundy Flute help

Try looking up the serial number at this site. It has a lot of different brands listed and Bundy is one of them.

https://www.musictrader.com/serialnumbers