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 Antigua Winds Flutes
Author: MondeLuna 
Date:   2007-07-26 02:17

Hi Everyone. I am hoping someone can help me out. I am a doubler thinking about upgrading to a different flute. I'm on a budget so I am looking for something inexpensive. I currently have a Armstrong 303B-G but I was wondering if any of you knew how the antigua winds flutes are. I know their saxes are great but I haven't heard anything about their flutes.


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 Re: Antigua Winds Flutes
Author: sylvangale 
Date:   2007-08-03 05:49

If your flute is mechanically sound and the intonation of your flute is good, look into a handmade headjoint. They can run $750 on up, but can make a drastic change in your expression capability. You can take it with you on your next flute upgrade or even resell at near the cost of purchase if it is a major brand (ie Muramatsu) or it was priced used to begin with... so long as the head is not damaged in sizing to your flute.

Purchasing another student flute, especially one relatively unknown to the flute world would be a faux pax.

Stock heads on even student Yamaha, Jupiter, and Pearl flutes can be rather limiting... and they are the most respected of student flute makers. Altus' new student flute, the Azumi, is getting rave reviews... simply due to its headjoint (which may be a route if you need an inexpensive total makeover)).

The flute head joint is like a reed/mouthpiece set up combined, except that it is permanent and unchanging, which can allow for incredible growth. You can smack a really good headjoint on a really poor body and get really good sound, but mechanical issues (ie. older Powell Sonares).

If you were to put your head on a professional flute you'll find that it'll be mechanically amazing, but acoustically similar to your old flute.

There are flute specialty stores around depending on where you live. You might be able to go to one try out their flutes and how different heads interact with their flutes at least.

Major flute dealers like Flute Center of New York (, Carolyn Nussbaum Music (, and Flute World ( have a large stock of a variety of flutes and heads and will ship out a few for trial.

Happy Hunting!

Stephen (Piko)

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 Re: Antigua Winds Flutes
Author: MondeLuna 
Date:   2008-04-09 18:07

Just thought I would give you an update. I knew it was against my best intrest in buying a flute with no reputation so I ended up upgrading to a Pearl 765 RBE-Coda which I love, it's much better than my Armstrong I just needed to get used to the in line G. Eventually i will upgrade my headjoint but I'm happy with the purchase.

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