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 Newby Clarinet to Flute
Author: perryg114 
Date:   2016-11-21 06:14

Wife wants to learn the flute. She is pretty good on the Clarinet. Just bought her an old Gemeinhardt Flute M-1 off ebay that I thought I would repad and let her start playing it. I was reading that some of these old flutes were tuned to 445 instead of 440. Is this true and can it be fixed with a new head joint or does it need to be fixed for someone learning? It is serial number 1931 which puts it around 1955 vintage. Should I bother re padding it or should I make a lamp out of it?


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 Re: Newby Clarinet to Flute
Author: SarahC 
Date:   2017-02-07 08:02

445 is very close to 440. And if she isn't playing with someone it doesn't matter. I believe most flutes are designed to be sharp. so you can flatten them to get the correct pitch. Pull the flute head out a bit and see where you end up.

And the germeinhardt pads can often last for years. Don't repad unless you are absolutely sure it is leaking.

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 Re: Newby Clarinet to Flute
Author: Wes 
Date:   2017-03-30 07:34

It was probably meant to be played at A440. Use the "professional" frowning embouchure to help with the tuning.

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 Re: Newby Clarinet to Flute
Author: Muziq 
Date:   2017-03-30 18:59

Yeah, it may require tuning, I suppose.

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 Re: Newby Clarinet to Flute
Author: SarahC 
Date:   2017-05-09 15:15

u can adjust the cork position to adjust the tuning

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 Re: Newby Clarinet to Flute
Author: Jerry Yakov 
Date:   2017-07-07 20:12

I have always wanted to learn to play the fllute, spent years on the
clarinet, but the idea of trying to blow into that mouthpiece is beyond me.
I know flutist always told me pretend you are blowing across a beer bottle,
but it still eludes me.

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