Dating armstrong flutes
will sense far more quickly the limitations of a flute (too thin, too muffled, too slow mechanism, leaks in pads etc.) and within minutes can pick the best flute of a batch.5.Keep your old flute as a backup for when your new flute goes into repair after first 3-6 months, and thereafer once a year. a) You don't want to be left flute-less if a repair problem crops up just before a concert b) You can eventually sell the old flute and your new flute may become your backup flute when you buy a new one (every 10-20 years.) and c) if your old flute is in perfect repair, you can tell when your new flute starts to leak or have other problems by playing your old flute to compare.1.
Check the cork placement with a reliable measuring device (17.3 or 17.5 mm.Never get your old flute fixed or oiled, and then think every new flute you try is better than yours is. a) your old flute becomes mechanically worn out over ten years due to lack of oil, resulting in mechanical "play" that cannot be truly fixed.b) your finger technique becomes slow and laboured making you think that you're not a very good flute player; or your embouchure technique becomes tight and strained, making you think that your tone is less controllable (really caused by mechanical repair needs ie: cork leaking, pads leaking.) c) you constantly buy new flutes every few years and then allow them to degrade quickly, leaving you back at square one again.2. Get your current flute repaired to top notch quality. a) Improves re-sale value of your old flute and allows you assess its actual abilities.b) allows you to compare your old flute in prime condition to prime condition new flute(s) 2.