I am a new comer to playing traditional music and wooden flute. Though I
am an experienced professional flutist and teacher on modern silver Boehm
flutes, I am struggling to learn Baroque and simple-system wooden flutes.
I would love to have a top quality 6-keyed flute of Pratten or Rudall Rose
design, but the waiting list is very long with the best makers.
In the interim, I have been trying out some no-keyed flutes of various
makers. One I am vacillating on has a great response, tone, and pitch on
most notes but has a much weaker, les focused E and an all but hopeless
cross-fingered F natural. It appears that, in order to strenghen and tune
the F# and get a strong low D, the E has been compromised.
Is this typical of most simple wooden Irish flutes without keys, which are
sometimes designed to play strongly only in the key of D? This flute does
have entension beyond low D with two lower holes to vent the very conical
Any advice you have would be greatly appreciated. This particular flute has
a very atractive low price and I don't know if that is because it is a good
buy or if it is simply a defective one of its kind. (Others on this list
have praised this model and maker.)