Steve Cox <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>There is really nothing inherently wrong with this. It is called lapping and was
>used long before cork I believe. Many earlier flutes used this instead of cork
>and many modern reproductions still use lapping thread. My Rottenburgh baroque
Ralph Sweet doesn't wrap the tennons of his flutes. It's _just_ felt
glued in place. The stuff shreds away fairly rapidly if you play the flute
much. Definitely _do_ go ahead and wrap the tennons, it'll last longer.
I've been told by several flute makers that polyester thread coated in
beeswax is the ideal wrapping material. Bagpiper makers sometimes use
wax-coated hemp or linen threat. Neither swells when they absorb water
(and if you wax the thread well enough, it shouldn't get very wet anyway).
Don't use dental floss. It's abrasive, and will eventually wear down
the inside of the headjoint.
Lee M.Thompson-Herbert KD6WUR [log in to unmask]
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