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PostPosted: Tue Jan 09, 2018 3:51 pm 
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Another question from a fount of ignorance: When flutemakers cut the embouchure on a keyless flute, are they cut so they can play either right- or left-handed? Or does it vary among flutemakers with some making flutes that can be played from either side and some making ones that can only be played one way?

I'm not thinking of switching, just curious.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 10, 2018 11:45 am 
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Hello Steve

Flutemakers (I've not measured them all) tend to cut the front and back "face" of the nozzle differently (my irreverent word to replace the rather grand sounding "embouchure"), therefore a left handed flute would need to have a left handed nozzle.

I've never measured an "original" left hand flute but I surmise that it would be the case in past times too.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 10, 2018 12:42 pm 
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Holmes wrote:
Flutemakers ... tend to cut the front and back "face" of the nozzle differently

Thanks for the response.

Does that mean that the not-used side is kinda generic and the to-be-used side is more refined in its detailing? (My words are even more irreverent than yours.)

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 10, 2018 1:43 pm 
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I'm sure there is a lot of variation. I have seen some makers keep the chimney wall (of the nozzle) fairly consistent front and back but usually with some variation. We, for example have quite a different back and front face on the internal wall. Ours would need to be made differently for left/right hand players.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 10, 2018 2:17 pm 
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I cut the embouchure to be optimized for right handed play. The flute can certainly be turned around and played the other direction, but might not have exactly the same response. Each side is pretty similar but I do a bit extra to the side with the blowing edge. But having said that, they are quite close. If a left-handed player bought one of my flutes and played it left-handed they might never know the difference.

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