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PostPosted: Sat Feb 13, 2021 1:41 pm 
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Regarding the interview with Matt Molloy: The interview took place on 26 September 1997.
To the best of my knowledge Matt is still playing an Olwell 6-key made of cocus wood. This was true when we visited him a few years ago. So far as I know he used it on his recordings over the past twenty years or so.

To quote from the article:

I’d say arguably the best of the contemporary makers would be a guy called Patrick Olwell from Virginia. He’s an excellent flute maker. He plays the flute himself. He just understands the instruments. When you try to impress on him what you want in an instrument, when you start talking about ranges and colors and tones, he can interpret what you’re talking about, and reproduce that, which is rather a serious talent in itself.

I reckon when my wind goes, Patrick’s flutes are so easy to fill, to blow. Twice as easy as the one I play now. He has it down to a fine art.


Matt does mention other makers. But he still plays his Olwell Pratten. This doesn't make it The Best flute, but it does say something.....

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