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Posted: October.02.05 at 6:43pm | IP Logged Quote sharonmarrell

So, I have the above mentioned and the whole flute sounds abit stuffy as it is but the low D and E especially don't want to speak. I've tried woven and pressed felt pads. The body isn;t bent, tenon isn't seperatd. The pads are seated according to all the tests but when you put on flute clips and seal the end and then look through the other end you can see rings of light inside from the overhead light! The tone holes appear to be in tact. No air escapes as you blow and suck in. Its a mystery. Any thoughts/ideas or experience with this?
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Posted: October.02.05 at 8:04pm | IP Logged Quote admin

Hi Sharon,

You've probably already checked this but just in case....

Does the head corks seal and is it in the correct position?

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Posted: October.03.05 at 7:16pm | IP Logged Quote sharonmarrell

yes, i did check the headcork (I forgot to mention that)
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Posted: October.03.05 at 7:19pm | IP Logged Quote admin

Hi Sharon,

Another possibility....have you tried a different head joint?

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Posted: October.03.05 at 7:34pm | IP Logged Quote sharonmarrell

Oh yes and that made no difference! (also checking on your bass head joint question)  
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Posted: October.03.05 at 7:39pm | IP Logged Quote admin

Ok. Another couple possibilities:

1. Take all the keys off. Plug up the tone holes with rubber stoppers and plug up the one end of the bore. Submerge the body in a pitcher of water and blow on the open end. Look for bubbles.

2. Take a piece of brass tubing that will clear the washers on the pads. Put one end of the tubing against the pad and try to create a suction through the other end. Do this on each pad.

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Posted: October.03.05 at 11:51pm | IP Logged Quote bobbaier

Did you check the headjoint with suction to be sure there's not a leak in the solder around the lip plate? If that's OK, next, I wrap a thickness of electrical tape around the assembled headjoint and flute body and play to be sure that there's no irregularity in the head tenon fit. It may feel snug, but can still leak.

Triple check the trill keys and the top side of the thumb key.

Does the 3rd octave respond? If not, and your're sure of the seal, I've found that a little--not a lot--of over and undercutting can make a big difference especially in Gemeinhardts of mid-80's vintage. Also, be sure the embouchure hole is clean. A little Simichrome on a cotton swab works great.

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