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PostPosted: Wed Dec 27, 2017 7:43 am 
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Hi, I was wondering where can I read more about the flute models which today's flutes for playing Irish music are based upon? I know that Terry McGee has a lot of information on his website. Does anyone know of any other resources?


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Most Irish flute makers base their flutes on Rudalls, Pratten-endorsed Boosey, Prowse, other London makers and occasionally Firth etc. (made in America) flutes from the mid 19th century. A few like myself, Skip Healy and others use these as a starting point and iteratively have developed our own acoustical designs. Baroque flute makers tend to have a wider selection of historical types to draw from.

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Hammy Hamilton's book has a lot of great insight into not only the history of the flutes most commonly used as models for modern flute-making, but also how today's flutes are actually made. Plus, some really gorgeous pictures of various historical flutes.

http://www.hamiltonflutes.com/The_Irish_Flute_Players_Handbook.html


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Terry McGee's site (here) is a great source for almost all things "flutey", too!

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Welcome to Chiff and Fipple, xsdi. [Edit: Oh, I noticed you joined C&F a while ago, but this is your first post. Well, welcome out from the shadows.]

Robert Bigio has published a book on the Rudall, Rose and Carte Co.. I haven't read it myself, but a description of it on Robert Bigio's webpage can be found at the following link: http://www.bigio.com/rudallrosecarte.htm

Other than that, like Casey said, a lot of flute makers have also been innovators. I would recommend reading the interviews at http://www.irishfluteguide.info; there are a few interviews of flute-makers as well as flute-players. You will note that they are a little dated, but they are good reading.

Here are direct links to the interviews with flute-makers:
Patrick Olwell: http://www.irishfluteguide.info/patrick ... interview/
Tom Aebi: http://www.irishfluteguide.info/intervi ... -tom-aebi/
Hammy Hamilton: http://www.irishfluteguide.info/hammy-h ... interview/


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