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by Gordon Shumway
Tue Sep 21, 2021 11:45 pm
Forum: Flute Repair and Maintenance
Topic: flute pad materials
Replies: 4
Views: 3952

Re: flute pad materials

There are some degradation problems with them reacting to silver Yes, now that you mention it, if I remember rightly, people sometimes used rubber bands when a spring broke, but that's not a good idea, as rubber bands contain sulfur and this can react with silver. (might be something to do with sul...
by Gordon Shumway
Thu Sep 16, 2021 4:07 am
Forum: Flute Repair and Maintenance
Topic: flute pad materials
Replies: 4
Views: 3952

Re: flute pad materials

I'm intrigued. Silicone sounds interesting.
by Gordon Shumway
Thu Sep 02, 2021 2:31 am
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: About the shakuhachi flute
Replies: 4
Views: 8039

Re: About the shakuhachi flute

Since there are some links above, which I haven't looked at yet, I thought I'd bump this thread rather than start another. You can get a plastic 1.8' "shakuhachi yuu", but it's not a lot cheaper than a bamboo one, which is a pity. I would like a 2.4' one (failing that, just use an alto flute), and I...
by Gordon Shumway
Wed Sep 01, 2021 2:29 am
Forum: Intermediate and Advanced Flute Topics
Topic: More on ring key plugs
Replies: 0
Views: 2657

More on ring key plugs

The ring key plugs on a Yamaha YFL372H are just hard plastic and not very nice. I have taken them out and of course kept them, but I wonder if it is usual to buy nicer plugs in case you want to put them back in again, or are the standard hard plastic ones OK in your view? Any recommendations?
by Gordon Shumway
Wed Sep 01, 2021 2:02 am
Forum: Flute Basics
Topic: Do I need my Pinky on certain notes?
Replies: 3
Views: 5467

Re: Do I need my Pinky on certain notes?

Being new to the flute, I find balancing it can be tricky. The Eb key is a good way to maintain balance, but certain note combinations can make its unquestioning use tricky (check out the older thread on pinky speed and cheat fingerings). Like the OP, I don't notice any intonation problems, but on t...
by Gordon Shumway
Wed Aug 25, 2021 2:49 pm
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: Buying a Step Up Flute
Replies: 1
Views: 1614

Re: Buying a Step Up Flute

...Yamaha 577 HCT/LPGP...should I get the 677 instead?... am unsure of if there are any big differences?... As far as I can tell, the 577 has a solid silver headpiece, whereas the 677 is all solid silver. It takes a little while to navigate Yamaha's pages. They call their 500-700 series "profession...
by Gordon Shumway
Tue Aug 17, 2021 10:06 am
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: newbie here
Replies: 37
Views: 113794

Re: newbie here

Hi, my name is Andrew from London. I played the oboe a lot in the 70s. For 3 years now my main instrument has been the violin, but I've been wanting a flute since about 1980, and I finally bought one last year, lol! I mainly play classical, but I've also got some books of folk music and Chinese musi...