Re: Purchasing a flute
- Mike... I see this same type of comment frequently: "gorgeous and expensive wall hangers that look great but don't sound very good." Although there are some makers who consider playability and voice as secondary, this statement always strikes me as suggesting that artful flutes don't play well. There are many counter examples out there of makers who make beautiful, artful flutes that play very well. Brent Haines is a great example that immediately comes to mind. Look on his website for the names of the top performers who play his flutes on stage and in the studio. Not that I put myself in Brent's category, but I take great time and effort in making sure my flutes are carefully tuned and comfortable to play before I burn, inlay, paint, etc. them with my animal themes. I have never heard a complaint about how my flutes play - some of my customers have told me that my flute is their favorite. I believe I am (like Brent) more the norm than the exception among flute makers who place emphasis on the artwork on our flutes.
Turtle Mound Flutes
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Michael Jones <jonesmr@...> wrote:
> There are reputable and not expensive makers of these flutes, as well as some
> who want to sell gorgeous and expensive wall hangers that look great but don't
> sound very good.
> Not all bamboo flutes are inexpensive and not made well. My bamboo flutes are
> not expensive (but more that $1 per hour of work!) but are pretty decent
> quality. I am not trying to sell you a flute but I want to counter the idea that
> bamboo flutes are typically junk. Personally, I enjoy the challenge of making a
> nice flute from bamboo and would not want a bad flute to go to someone with my
> name on it. I also tend not to decorate them very much, with the exception of a
> hand carved totem block, I prefer for their sound to be the glitz... just my way
> of doing things.
> Mike Jones
> ----- Original Message ----
> From: Joe Mulrooney <sonbeam10@...>
> To: "email@example.com"
> Sent: Thu, January 12, 2012 11:12:50 AM
> Subject: Re: [Native Flute Woodworking] Purchasing a flute
> Art work is very costly , but they tell me you get what you pay for i have bambo
> fultes for 20 bucks lol i have not learned to tune them but you can play tunes
> as long has you don't play with other it is fine lol i am sorry i was feeling
> like joking a little
> i have been to a lot of pow wow and flute gathers and have seen junk for 150.00
> and diamonds for 200.00 and art pieces for 1000.00 to 1850.00.
> I also hear that you only get what you pay for.
> i am just starting up the disabilty thing so it is hard to save up because cars
> and trucks or peoples always need something. i have made a few myself nothing
> worth selling i have gifted sevreal to friends.
> Love you. Take care. Put Yeshua first in all you do.
- The taller chimney or thicker embouchure hole is intended to make the flute
easier to control and stabilize the notes. I have not had any problem with a
single thickness of Black or Golden bamboo. Then again, I don't seem to have
much problem making the TSH area in bamboo without adding more thickness,
either. I've tried adding another thickness of bamboo on a transverse flute
but did not find that it added any benefit for all the extra work.
[mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] On Behalf Of tejasmed
Sent: Friday, May 04, 2012 3:03 PM
Subject: Re: [Native Flute Woodworking] Endorsements Hummm
Yep...that's him....been a long time since I was in contact with him.. I
had sent him an old baroque transverse flute that was beyond my expertise.
The flute had been in my family for over a 100 years, heavily in need of
repair, but authentic....right down to the pinky valve and the sectional
step bore construction.. I figured it would be better off in his hands
should he ever want to restore it.
Would not mind having one of his flutes. He only works on and plays the
All this talk about making flutes from bamboo take rear seat to his
processes. Where some great Chinese and Japanese makers do really well
with just a single crafted hole for the blowing or embrasure mouth hole,
Romy has mastered the technique of adding a second piece of bamboo on to the
mouth area that is much the same as the Boheme Silver flute. The carved
craftsmanship of the mouth piece is quite something to see. Not having
played one personally, I would suspect, the configuration and better mouth
piece would make the instrument a lot easier to play.
Always interesting to find such a character that has carved out his own
nitche in craft and style. He has no desire to learn to make the NAF style
If I were to try to make a transverse...I would like to attempt to use that
mouth piece configuration.
Good luck should you try too.