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Flute at 440Hz with Ganassi style mouldings

Jean-François, the flute has come yesterday, in good shape.  I am surprised how easy it is to adapt to, really no problems at all.  The most striking thing I find is how powerful the low notes are, up through g -- such a rich, strong tone!  It doesn't seem that much different than playing a baroque flute other than getting the holes covered since they are bigger and in a slightly different position than I am used to.  One other thing I have noticed is the flatted keys are less "veiled" sounding; the forked notes are more fuzzy-sounding on a baroque flute.  This makes it more natural to play your flute in the flatted keys.

Oct 07, 2006.

Here are some comments about your flute.

I played only your flute for about a month, and recently pulled out my baroque flute to compare.  It is remarkable how different the character of the two bores is.  I don't think a good baroque flute can be beaten for the ease of response, it is just effortless.  But in every other category your flute is better.  Most noticeable is the volume which makes it playable with modern instruments.  In particular there is a huge difference in the strength of the low register.  The forked fingerings are also less muffled than on a baroque-bore flute.  I have found no problems at all with the intonation in any key -- it is as good as any baroque flute I have played.  The tone is lovely, rich, and reedier than a baroque flute.  Even in a muffled room you can fill it with sound.  All of the notes speak easily including the highest notes.

December 22, 2006.

Testimonial from Scott Smith