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 Post subject: Keyed Bb flutes
PostPosted: Mon Feb 18, 2019 2:36 pm 
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Hello everyone,

I was wondering what's the general opinion here on modern keyed Bb flutes (not something I need but something I'd like ;) )
I see that Lehart seems to be a favourite and good value for money. I also see that Solene Lesouf makes 6 key Bb. I like that hers are block mounted and I like the funky key design. Has anyone had a chance of trying them both?
Does anyone else make keyed Bb that you know of? And what do you think of it?
Apologies if someone else posted this already. I'm not sure if I read a thread on it or I just dreamt it, a search gave no results.
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 Post subject: Re: Keyed Bb flutes
PostPosted: Mon Feb 18, 2019 2:41 pm 
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Casey Burns in the US makes low flutes, although I'm not sure whether he is doing keys at this point in time—although his web site still lists them as an option.

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 18, 2019 4:17 pm 
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Yep. I still make them keyed.

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 Post subject: Re: Keyed Bb flutes
PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2019 5:55 am 
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I have a six-key Bb flute from Tom Aebi. I think he will make block-mounted keys on request but I got mine pin-mounted.


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 Post subject: Re: Keyed Bb flutes
PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2019 11:24 am 
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John Gallagher makes them in Bb as well. I have an 8-keyed B flute from him, which was modified from (very detailed) measurements he made of a couple Rudall Bb flutes.

He also has a Bb band flute of mine that has a curved headjoint - he was doing some R&D to try to develop a Bb flute that doesn't have quite the long reach.


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 Post subject: Re: Keyed Bb flutes
PostPosted: Sun Feb 24, 2019 10:29 am 
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Hi, I just got (last week) a 6 key Lehart Bb flute, and it sounds and looks absolutely wonderful. I'm really really happy with it. That said, I have not been able to try many other Bb flutes, but nevertheless, this one sounds great. I know Jean-Michel Veillon plays these. I chose Lehart not only because he was recommended, but also because I live not too far from him.

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