Some of the differences between a premium and a standard flute

A question I’m often asked is “what’s the difference”? Well – my standard flutes play pretty well, and they’re in tune; and they don’t have anything wrong with them… BUT When making a premium flute, I go the extra mile; and this post will tell you some of the ways I do this. It’s not […]

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New Mailing List!

Hi all! More developments here as I continue to market my wares. I have created an email newsletter! If you want to sign up, you can use the “Newsletter” link on the top of the website, or click on this link: Newsletter Subscribe. I won’t be sending often; just some people prefer to stay in […]

Tuning and Temperature

So there seems to be a lot of confusion around, about tuning and ambient temperature. The thing is, when you play a wooden flute in a room at 14°C it will play one note, and if you play it in a room at 25°C it will play another. So we have to make a compromise… […]

13 – Troubleshooting

I left this until last simply because the posts in this series have been long enough, without adding text about the problems you can encounter as you go along. 1. Leaks. If the bore is not completely airtight, the tuning will go wonky, the flute won’t play well, and things will be pretty awful in general. […]

12 – Final Finishing, and Marking

So – that’s it, isn’t it? The flute is tuned TO PERFECTION, and will play beautifully… sadly only for about a week. Now we need to “Finish” the flute to prevent environmental conditions getting into it and wrecking our carefully crafted wood’s shape and size. This has the interesting and fortunate side-effect of making our […]

11 – Fine Tuning

So – we’ve coarse-tuned – the flute was roughly correct when we left it last night, and it’s now been a good 12-24 hours since we did anything with heat. It is 18°C in our shop, and we’ve cut the block which our flute is going to run the rest of its life with. Play […]

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