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 Post subject: ebay flute
PostPosted: Tue Jun 02, 2020 12:07 pm 
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Can anyone tell me what this is? Is it Pakistani?


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 Post subject: Re: ebay flute
PostPosted: Tue Jun 02, 2020 1:05 pm 
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I'm no expert but just the fact that someone is selling a wooden flute, without mentioning who made it, raises a red flag.


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 02, 2020 1:08 pm 
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oh, yes.

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You can probably expect the quality to be commensurate with the price. But why ask us ? Ask the guy who's selling it. He might know.

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Rings, construction & quality of cork lapping, along with case, price & common UK eBay location say Pakistani to me.

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I'm no expert, but I'd hazard a guess that anything with a 'Buy It Now!' price of £23.00 may lack a certain je-ne-sais-quois.


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 02, 2020 8:24 pm 
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The reason I asked the question here was because I thought (correctly) that there would be people on this forum who've seen everything that's out there and would know straight away.


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 03, 2020 3:00 am 
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kenny wrote:
But why ask us ? Ask the guy who's selling it. He might know.


Some dealers are less than scrupulous when it comes to these sorts of questions. And if the flute is used, the person who bought it may well not realize the ultimate provenance of the flute. I've seen a good few eBay listings along the lines of "Handmade Irish Flute, bought in Ireland" from people who obviously bought it on a lark while on holiday and have no clue what it is they're actually selling.


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But you'll never know unless you ask.

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 03, 2020 4:26 am 
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Everything about that looks identical to a Pakistani made flute that I was given to try for a while some years back. It was unplayable - very nearly impossible to fit together for a start!

If it is indeed exactly the same as the one I had, as it looks to me to be, and you still end up buying it, be very careful of the case, as there were staples hidden not very far under the 'velvet' on the one I had, and they gave me a nasty cut, which also reacted quite badly, as if there was some poisonous metal or something in the staple.

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