- Here is an interesting study examining if the material
that a flute is made of makes any difference in its sound.
You can hear the results and decide for yourself.
- Factors of panflute/panflutist timbre (descending order).
1. Ratio "inner diameter/length" of each tube + form of the tubes cross-section (round, oval)
2. Form of the mouthpiece (neck of tube): student/Stanciu, classical/Herkenhoff, folk/Zamfir and sharpness of labium
Form of panflutist's embouchure (form and position of lips, jaws)
3. Skills of breathing + skills of embouchure (possibilities to produce "hollow", "full" and "some overblow" sound on any part of panflute range and in any dynamic nuance)
4. Quality of inner surface. And only here material does matter. More dense woods make possible to reach more smooth surface and support high overtones, more friable woods give more "soft" sound. Really, to understand so "colouring" of sound man need to play panflute more than 1 or 2 years and play different paflutes (the more the better).
In order to understand the influence of material player must take FULLY IDENTICAL (in a fraction of millimetre) panflutes only with different materials.