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 Post subject: Hammy Sound
PostPosted: Wed Dec 11, 2019 5:27 pm 
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Hi all - I really like the Hammy Hamilton sound. Now that he is on a haitius from new orders, my only chance of getting one is waiting for a used one to post, which is somewhat rare. So that being said, generally speaking, what makers out there make something comparable in tone? And yes I get it, no two flutes are the same let alone by different makers :) Am I just looking at about anything Pratten?


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 Post subject: Re: Hammy Sound
PostPosted: Wed Dec 11, 2019 5:34 pm 
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This won't be any help. I have a Seth Gallagher keyless, plays & sounds just like the Hammy. However, to my knowledge, he is not building at this time, either flutes or pipes. Last update on his website is 2015 (price list 2014).
http://www.uilleann.com/

Edited to add: I also have a Hammy 6-key, a Hammy practice flute and recently sold a Hammy keyless. The Hammy practice flute, BTW, does sound and play like a Hammy , although the cylindrical profile of the body makes it far less comfortable.

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 Post subject: Re: Hammy Sound
PostPosted: Wed Dec 11, 2019 6:23 pm 
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The Olwell Pratten doesn't sound so much like a Hammy, but it is a great flute. Having owned both, let me express my opinion that the Olwell is easier to handle. Eamon Cotter's prattens are good too, IMO.


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 Post subject: Re: Hammy Sound
PostPosted: Thu Dec 12, 2019 5:44 am 
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A student of mine has one which he might be willing to sell. What part of the world are you in ? We are in Scotland.

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 Post subject: Re: Hammy Sound
PostPosted: Thu Dec 12, 2019 10:50 am 
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There is also one on eBay (located in the US) advertised as "brand new".

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 Post subject: Re: Hammy Sound
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Steve, perhaps it is a photographic artifact, but that ´Hammy´ looks awfully red to be ´Blackwood´.

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 Post subject: Re: Hammy Sound
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I only report what's published. Didn't analyze the wood. Caveat emptor. (That's Spanish for "Keep a grip on your wallet".) :P

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I have owned brand new blackwood flutes that are reddish brown like that. Those particular flutes turned black as they age and get exposed to sunlight to the point that you can't even see the grain any more. It is the light that turns them darker just like boxwood turns darker for the same reason.


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 Post subject: Re: Hammy Sound
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Definitely doesn’t look like Blackwood in the photos. Looks more like Mopane to me than anything else, but there are a few other woods that shade.


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I’m able to add a little to this discussion. There is a local player here, St. John’s, NL....she is a fantastic flute player, is great friends with Hammy and she apprenticed with him. She plays her own flute, which is pretty much a Hamilton style...she makes hers sound incredible. She is an unknown, as yet, maker but I guarantee her flutes are awesome. She charges I,000 CND. And I think she has one for sale. She has one currently on display to the University library and will be for sale as well I suspect. One would not be disappointed with one of Michelle’s flutes....I’ve played a Hamilton and owned a nice John Gallagher pratten and now have a much unplayed Copley...her flutes are on par!


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 Post subject: Re: Hammy Sound
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The thread title keeps me imagining this:

Image

Sorry. Couldn't resist. :wink:

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The Ebay flute link is just bad color balance. Throw the image into Photoshop (or whatever you use), and pull the Cyan slider to kill the red cast. Then the flute looks black, the rings look neutral, and the case lining still looks red.


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Nanohedron wrote:
The thread title keeps me imagining this:

Image

Sorry. Couldn't resist. :wink:


Your pic link is broken. Really wanting to see what I have inspired here :)


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Gcobean wrote:
Your pic link is broken. Really wanting to see what I have inspired here :)

Oh, dear. Sorry about that; it works for me, and I don't know how to fix it for you.

It's a pic of ham slices sizzling in a frying pan. :oops:

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 Post subject: Re: Hammy Sound
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Nanohedron wrote:
Gcobean wrote:
Your pic link is broken. Really wanting to see what I have inspired here :)

Oh, dear. Sorry about that; it works for me, and I don't know how to fix it for you.

It's a pic of ham slices sizzling in a frying pan. :oops:


Mmmm yeah - that's the sound I'm looking for.


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