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PostPosted: Tue Feb 02, 2021 1:48 am 
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Hello everyone

Ive been playing a keyless flute by Hammy Hamilton for the past 7-8 years and I really love it. Wanting to play more swedish trad and some other stuff leaves me wanting, keys!

Unfortunately mr Hamilton is not receiving new orders so Ill have to look somewhere else.

Im looking for a keyed flute with a deep vibrant sound, good session volume and a ready response (much like the Hamilton). Im aware of waiting lists and price tags. Im prepared to wait, and pay up, to get the right flute companion. Preferably Im looking for a flute maker inside the the EU.

What are your thoughts on this?

Cheers,
Leif


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 02, 2021 2:53 am 
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Har du sett den här Clementi med åtta klaffar? Priset är hyfsat och Haswell har ett bra rykte. Själv spelar jag på en Rudall & Rose köpte på en auktion. Gamla viktorianska flöjter kan vara utmärkta instrument.
https://www.arthurhaswell.co.uk/clement ... s-improved

Annars Solen Lesouf om du ska köpa nytt:
http://sosolaflute.com


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 02, 2021 3:10 am 
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Steampacket wrote:
Har du sett den här Clementi med åtta klaffar? Priset är hyfsat och Haswell har ett bra rykte. Själv spelar jag på en Rudall & Rose köpte på en auktion. Gamla viktorianska flöjter kan vara utmärkta instrument.
https://www.arthurhaswell.co.uk/clement ... s-improved

Annars Solen Lesouf om du ska köpa nytt:
http://sosolaflute.com


Tack för tips! ;)

That Solen flute really had a nice sound to it. Maybe a bit more bright overtones then the Hamilton but still a very crisp, appealing sound. Worth concidering! Cheers!


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Of course you can always contact the best of the best Chris Wilkes!
http://wilkesflutes.co.uk/flutes.html


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 03, 2021 12:44 pm 
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There is a used Stephane Morvan keyed flute for sale at the Irish Flute Store. If I could afford it, I'd certainly have bought it already.

https://www.irishflutestore.com/collect ... ey-pratten


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 03, 2021 1:53 pm 
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You say you're willing to pay up, but if you're not quite ready to spend 3-4k Gil Lehart makes wonderful flutes and a 6-keyed one would only cost you around 1500 euro. He's in the EU and also doesn't have a super-long waiting list IIRC. My keyless Lehart would certainly fit your criteria for tone, volume, and responsiveness.


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 03, 2021 3:37 pm 
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Hey Yelf,

Why not ask Hammy to put keys on the flute for you? Hammy can do post-mounted keys. Then you'd have your heart's desire. The worst is that he'll say "no." And if he does, Maurice Reviol, in New Zealand, is a well-respected key-maker and can do the job nicely. He put keys on a keyless flute for me some time ago and did a great job in a relatively short period of time.

Good luck.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 05, 2021 2:57 pm 
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Hello,
I am not often here so it's more a coincidence that I saw that.

Perhaps a shameless plug, but I have a nice 6 keyed African blackwood flute here that I finished just recently. That comes with a nice Lichtenberg figure adorned wooden case that is a true sign of the times as it was made during lockdown. i don't usually have enough time to make cases, so, I am not sure if I will go down that route again...

I can also put keys on your Hammy Hamilton Flute, I did this before with his blessing. I think he simply wanted to retire after spending his entire life on flutes playing and making, but I haven't heard from him in a while.
Just flick me an email and I can send some pictures.

I tend to post pictures of things I am working on on Facebook and my website itself is now really outdated and should be in a museum for naughties websites.

you can check some pictures here:
www.facebook.com/Reviol.Woodwind.Instruments

and here's my email:
info@reviol.co.nz

Regards,
Maurice Reviol

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 05, 2021 3:22 pm 
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Here's a keyed Rudall Rose flute restored by Tom Aebi.


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 05, 2021 3:43 pm 
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Thank you all for the input. Putting keys on the one I have is not an option, can’t imagine not having a flute at hand. Putting myself on the waiting list for a Morvan or a Lesouf seems most tempting at the moment...

Keep em coming! :)


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 05, 2021 5:02 pm 
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Hi Yelf,

I have a keyless Solen Lesouef Mopane flute, which I love. I'm not sure if her flutes fit the bill for a Hammy Hamilton sort of belter flute. Her flutes are based on Rudall models and are somewhat lightweight. I would characterize mine as being capable of a resonant tone, but not a belter. I recently got a new E-flat flute by Geert Lejeune. It's in Blackwood and, like all his smaller flutes, it's Pratten style. I'm not sure how much of this is down to its being an E-flat flute and/or being in Blackwood, but it is a little belter. The sound is easy and bright. It would project really, really well in a session setting.

My two cents!

Keep us posted on your decision!

Best,
Jennifer


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 05, 2021 6:34 pm 
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I've not heard many Hammy's in my part of the world. Chicago seems flooded with Olwells. But one UK flute maker I've heard stand up to them quite well is a Glenn Watson. I was seriously thinking of getting on his list a couple of years ago, but started counting flutes in my cupboard. I don't know if the list is long, but a couple of years ago it was about a year.


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 08, 2021 1:09 pm 
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jenfen wrote:
Hi Yelf,

I have a keyless Solen Lesouef Mopane flute, which I love. I'm not sure if her flutes fit the bill for a Hammy Hamilton sort of belter flute. Her flutes are based on Rudall models and are somewhat lightweight. I would characterize mine as being capable of a resonant tone, but not a belter. I recently got a new E-flat flute by Geert Lejeune. It's in Blackwood and, like all his smaller flutes, it's Pratten style. I'm not sure how much of this is down to its being an E-flat flute and/or being in Blackwood, but it is a little belter. The sound is easy and bright. It would project really, really well in a session setting.

My two cents!

Keep us posted on your decision!

Best,
Jennifer


This is solid input and resonates well with my opinion. I am more interested in a ”belter” flute but at the same time I was mooved by the sparkling, light hearted qualities of the Lesouef flute.

You are not the first to recommend a Lejeune to fit my desires so I will af this to my list of prospects.

Thank you Jennifer!


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 08, 2021 1:21 pm 
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busterbill wrote:
I've not heard many Hammy's in my part of the world. Chicago seems flooded with Olwells. But one UK flute maker I've heard stand up to them quite well is a Glenn Watson. I was seriously thinking of getting on his list a couple of years ago, but started counting flutes in my cupboard. I don't know if the list is long, but a couple of years ago it was about a year.


I have only played one Olwell and that was indeed a top notch flute. Glad there are great luthiers on both sides of the pond. To many practical hindrances for me to go with an Olwell though.

Glenn Watson has been recommended to me before. I’ll check him out as well.

Thanks for the input!


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 08, 2021 8:33 pm 
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I am also looking,
an 8 key, with or without a Boehm style foot, modern pitch

price no object, looking at quality, but also availability(now or this year) ... am playing a old lower pitch 8 key, with a few tuning anomalies.
I've been a professional flutist for 35years, but just want to

Looking at Chris Normans, Ormistons, new or second hand... who wants to sell? :)


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