Regarding the bad cross-fingered F: this note is problematic on all of the
good keyless simple-system flutes I've played, including the Eugene Lambe flute
own. On most of these flutes you can get the F by shading the hole
but not by cross-fingering. (It's not a great note even then, though).
I've read plausible arguments that claim that the large holes on the
designs (including the Prattens, Rudalls, etc. from the 19th c., as well as
modern copies and keyless descendents) were intended to provide a robust tone,
made cross-fingering almost useless on most notes (C-nat. being the only
exception.) G-sharp has the same problem as F -- you pretty much have to
it on most instruments.
By contrast, the earlier one-keyed Baroque flutes supposedly have smaller
a recorder, and can be successfully cross-fingered to get most non-native notes.
(One of these days I'm going to get me a keyed flute -- at least F and G#. For
music those take you a long way. Meanwhile, my half-holing skill is improving
-- Michael Anthony
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