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PostPosted: Tue Apr 25, 2017 7:06 am 
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joshua7b wrote:
There's always the possibility of getting around the irritation that comes from international shipping by limiting any tours to only people within the UK.


ahem... that won't work, AT ALL. Some of us live in Canada.

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 26, 2017 7:03 am 
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Thanks for the ideas, the possibility of a tour is certainly something i'm happy to consider, especially as there seems to be a fair level of interest. I agree that a delrin instrument would be potentially less problematic considering the recent CITIES regulations etc, and I definitely wouldn't want any cross border red tape/paperwork to limit the flutes travel or cause problems for people along the way..so hopefully this way anyone in the U.S/Canada or Europe/UK (or wherever) can participate if they would like to. I will start a separate 'Tour' thread when the instrument is ready to go, in the meantime I have added a bit more to the website, including pictures of the three models I am currently offering. Many thanks again! Damian. https://www.thompsonflutes.com/


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 26, 2017 7:20 am 
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Damian,

Any chance a smaller holed flute is showing up in your crystal ball? See the future...

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 27, 2017 5:54 pm 
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Scouter, I have tended to be more drawn to the larger holed flutes thus far as they seem (with good reason) to be the preferred choice within Irish music circles, but in actual fact I have been looking at offering a smaller holed version of my delrin 'Student' model, perhaps even with off set tone holes for those with smaller hands, so its on the cards at least as far as that for now.


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 27, 2017 7:27 pm 
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Two small thumbs up! :thumbsup: :thumbsup:


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 28, 2017 9:30 am 
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Hi,

I just looked at your web site. I too made a flute with Robert Bigio in Cambridge a couple of years ago. It was a very interesting week.


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 28, 2017 11:55 am 
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Damian Thompson wrote:
as they seem (with good reason) to be the preferred choice within Irish music circles

I'm not sure that's the case at all, and think you'll find enthusiastic 'schools' leaning either way as well as those with no preference.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 28, 2017 3:44 pm 
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I must agree with Peter Duggan. There is a spectrum of choices for the traditional flute player for the simple reason that there is no one single cup of tea.
A little time spent reading Terry McGees' pages concerning Grey Larsen's flute, and Terry's Grey Larsen Preferred model flute may be enlightening. I have been in 'cattle stampede' sessions where you would want a loud instrument. I have been in situations where a loud instrument would be not welcome.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 28, 2017 4:59 pm 
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an seanduine wrote:
A little time spent reading Terry McGees' pages concerning Grey Larsen's flute, and Terry's Grey Larsen Preferred model flute may be enlightening.

Funnily enough that was one of the specific examples I had in mind along with the more general (and not always accurate) Pratten vs. Rudall stereotypes!

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Just had a look at and liked your facebook page :) I'm an engineer by profession, I like the Colchester 600 you have bought, some serious taper turning required by the look of things.... onward and upwards for you, as the saying goes :)


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PostPosted: Tue May 02, 2017 4:25 pm 
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Dibbs, yes the short course given by Robert Bigio in Cambridge is a fantastic introduction to flute making and I would fully recommend it to anyone at all interested in the subject. It was invaluable to me in getting started. Peter Duggan, by 'larger holed' I was simply referring to the later flutes by the English makers such as Rudall & Rose or Boosey & Co as opposed to say, the German/European counterparts of the time, I would of course agree there is no 'one size fits all' model. Barry S, the Colchester lathe is an absolute beauty thanks, it does the job magnificently :)


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