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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000220.txt from 2004/10

Subj: [kl] Flutophones
Date: Thu, 7 Oct 2004 11:57:22 -0400

Annie, thankyou!
You are the one that I remembered.
Here is the post you made about teaching Flutophone:

Ken, I had mentioned Tonettes. Modern ones are available for $3.95, list,
from Gibson, the people that make guitars. I have just tooted on my tonette and
flutophone, and say unequivacally that the flutophone has the better sound.
(I wonder what kind horrible flame war this will start?) I'm actually serious
about this quality issue. My nephew bought whatever the local music store
had available for his daughter because I had given a flutophone to another kid
in the family. It was a Tonette, and the sound was wispy and unpleasant. Even
a little kid walking around tooting in rhythm to their favorite tunes, as a
kid will do, sounds much better if the tone is clear and pretty.

This is not off topic from clarinets. :) Read Annie's post above;
you'll want to run out and find a crew of seven year olds to start teaching
When I was in high school, and I was not a very serious clarinet player, I
liked to sit around and relax with my Song Flute. It was so easy to play by
ear, to improvise, to play fast, to articulate easily, etc. In the very
interesting Orkon advertisment that was just posted, Benny Goodman said he like the
same thing about it!

And about the Orkon....... That sounds great! A modern recorder with a
modern, Boehm like fingering system. I wonder why it didn't catch on, even a
little bit? Though, $39 would not have been cheap in (I'm guessing about) 1945?

Wayne Thompson

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