> of my pupils ( I am a music teacher) are playing concert silver flutes
> and such Ganley flutes
> (African Blackwood, without keys) for traditional music and they are
> really pleased to play them.
(Ah, so THAT's what all that gibberish was about! Thanks for reposting
it, Henrick.) My first wooden flute was a Ganley, too. It was
horrible. Not only was the tone weak and husky, the workmanship was
frankly bizarre. Rather than the usual tenon/socket construction to
connect the joints, the head and foot joints had wide steel bands
attached to the ends that the tenons on the middle joint fitted into.
The endcap was apparently glued in place, and the flute had been painted
glossy black. When I got curious one day and stripped the paint off, I
discovered that the middle and foot joints were some dark reddish wood,
possibly rosewood, while the headjoint was a blond-colored wood with
lots of patched knots and flaws in it. (Are you *sure* your student's
flutes are blackwood?) And the bore evidently hadn't been sanded or
polished in any way at all.
On the other hand, as Henrick says, I was totally clueless about what a
good flute should be like, so I was pretty happy to toot softly on that
flute while I had it. My friends were probably grateful that it was so
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