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Hawkes & Son flute query
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Author:  flutee [ Wed Jul 15, 2020 1:12 pm ]
Post subject:  Hawkes & Son flute query

My Excelsior Sonorous flute has a sounding length of 60.5cm so is therefore a low pitched C flute. I'm curious about its value as it is free of splits etc.

Author:  tstermitz [ Wed Jul 15, 2020 7:49 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Hawkes & Son flute query

Sounding length isn't the best determinant.

What is the tuning when you play it?

What is the slide extension to get it to A440?

Is it 8-keys, 6-keys or something else?

Is it of wood or ebonite?

Author:  jemtheflute [ Thu Jul 16, 2020 5:31 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Hawkes & Son flute query

I presume this is a Böhm system cylinder-bodied instrument? For those, sounding length is a pretty accurate reference pitch indicator and yes, 600mm is A440. 605mm might be a little flatter, perhaps continental diapason normal A435.
Sharing some photos would help.

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