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PostPosted: Tue Jan 22, 2019 11:30 am 
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Does anybody know where Romy Benton is? He made wonderful bamboo flutes a few years back in Portland. I can't seem to be able to contact him anymore (website, tel, FB, email)?

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 23, 2019 8:47 pm 
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seifeldin wrote:
Does anybody know where Romy Benton is? He made wonderful bamboo flutes a few years back in Portland. I can't seem to be able to contact him anymore (website, tel, FB, email)?


It seems that Romy stopped making flutes quite a few years back. I went looking to contact him more than ten years ago and he had already vanished from the scene. He has a Facebook page that is virtually empty and hasn't been updated for nearly four years.

I was sorry that he stopped making flutes--his stuff was beautiful.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 25, 2019 2:26 am 
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Thanks, Geoffry

I last talked to him maybe in 2008-2009.

Nice flutes you have there. What wood would be more resilient to cracking?
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seifeldin wrote:
Thanks, Geoffry

I last talked to him maybe in 2008-2009.

Nice flutes you have there. What wood would be more resilient to cracking?
Cheers


Thanks! As to cracking resistance, most of the wood I use is pretty stable (as compared to something like bamboo) but extreme environmental changes can still induce cracking (going from a humid environment to a very dry environment, for example).

If I were recommending materials to resist cracking, I'd suggest either one of my resin stabilized woods (I mostly do stabilizing on maple, cherry, walnut or curly fir), or something like roasted maple, which has been stabilizied by being cooked in an oven. Next up would be any kiln dried, domestic (non-tropical) wood. These are not necessarily the best choice for something like the Irish flute (anything with joints or tuning slides) but for one-piece flutes they work great. For ultimate stability, I recommend ebonite (natural hard rubber). It is immune to environmental conditions that would potentially crack wood, it's waterproof, beautiful and has amazing acoustic properties.

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One of the things that can be done to the woods in common use for flutes headed to dry climates is to seal them inside and out with a thin coat of polyurethane. I use one of the wipe-on Gel-Topcoat polyurethanes by General Finishes.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 25, 2019 11:09 am 
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Casey Burns wrote:
One of the things that can be done to the woods in common use for flutes headed to dry climates is to seal them inside and out with a thin coat of polyurethane. I use one of the wipe-on Gel-Topcoat polyurethanes by General Finishes.

Casey


I'd second this. I use different coatings than Casey, but anything that seals the wood will protect it from changes in humidity.

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Are you looking for a bass D bamboo flute?


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 16, 2019 8:57 am 
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Are you looking for a bass D bamboo flute?


Sorry for the late reply ...I play an E bass.

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 16, 2019 8:59 am 
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Geoffrey Ellis wrote:
Casey Burns wrote:
One of the things that can be done to the woods in common use for flutes headed to dry climates is to seal them inside and out with a thin coat of polyurethane. I use one of the wipe-on Gel-Topcoat polyurethanes by General Finishes.

Casey


I'd second this. I use different coatings than Casey, but anything that seals the wood will protect it from changes in humidity.



I saw your website Geoffrey ... great looking flutes. How would a maple bansuri sound compare to nodeless Asam bamboo? Can you make a lip plate from any other non CITES regulated wood? I'm currently in Europe.

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seifeldin wrote:
Geoffrey Ellis wrote:
Casey Burns wrote:
One of the things that can be done to the woods in common use for flutes headed to dry climates is to seal them inside and out with a thin coat of polyurethane. I use one of the wipe-on Gel-Topcoat polyurethanes by General Finishes.

Casey


I'd second this. I use different coatings than Casey, but anything that seals the wood will protect it from changes in humidity.



I saw your website Geoffey ... great looking flutes. How would a maple bansuri sound compare to nodeless Asam bamboo? Can you make a lip plate from any other non CITES regulated wood? I'm currently in Europe.


These days I use black ebonite for the lip plate on my bansuri. But if you would like to discuss it in more depth, please feel free to e-mail me: geoffrey@ellisflutes.com

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