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“The Selmer Signet; Series 11xxx flute is not something...”

Written on: 28/11/2005 by southpawami (2 reviews written)

The Selmer Signet; Series 11xxx flute is not something I bought yesterday new, it is years old. I found it in a Music store that sold beat up instruments now and then. I noticed the 'Sterling Body' on the body section, and thought for up to 300 bucks I couldn't go wrong. It was less.

The keys have gotten more difficult to move, which is only because of years of build up. I'm still deciding what I'm going to try to use to fix that, I'm considering the synthetic Alysin right now. The foot… Read Full Review

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262345_Herbertsmith's Response to southpawami's Review

Written on: 06/10/2006

Unfortunately, the reviewer's claims are quite incorrect. First of all, he's comparing a Selmer with a shot mechanism and pads to a brand new Gemeinhardt. That hardly makes for a valid comparison, but even if it did, the age further invalidates any similarities. Many things have changed in flute making in the last 30 - 40 years, and from the sound of it, the Selmer predates this era of change, while the Gemeinhardt does not. Most noticeably, scales have changed so that the flute plays more in tune with itself, and the fact that the reviewer is used to what are now unnecessary contortions to produce a correct pitch. Then there is also the fact that not everyone sounds good on every instrument. This has nothing to do with material, but rather the numerous other factors that affect how a flute sounds, like embouchure hole dimension, riser height, over and under-cutting, taper of the head etc. Some people will sound amazing on a Haynes, while some will despise them. The material may or may not play any part in what an instrument sounds like. At the moment it is impossible to perform definitive tests because we cannot build two flutes that are exactly the same besides material, but it is clear that any impact material has on sound is far less important than the what the player does, and how the head is cut.

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Priplanning's Response to southpawami's Review

Written on: 07/12/2012

I've played the flute for over 20 years and a concert flautist and I also play asian wooden flutes and I believe the material of the flute plays an important role in its tonal quality. The flautist can adjust their lip positions all they want with the embouchure holes to make the tone and/or pitch slightly higher or lower etc but they can never, ever change the quality of the sound that the instrument inherently produces from the material in which it was made.

Just like you cannot change your voice!...you can make falsettos, change the pitch, shriek all you want, make it mellower. But your voice....remains the same.

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Southpawami's reply to Priplanning's Comment

Written on: 10/12/2012

Thank you. I am not as experienced as you, but I am grateful you agree.

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