Boorinwood Flutes

Boorinwood Flutes

I’ve been looking around for a new flute and I’ve come across a common name here in Tyrone, Boorinwood, I can’t find any review of them for the life of me so I went up to Gortin to see if I could find the maker. But no luck, sadly! Have any of you heard any or had experience with them??? Any help would be appreciated! If I can’t get any info on ‘em I’ll just head over to Mayo for an M&E flute!

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Would appreciate any info on M&E and any reviews.

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@Aaron Scott
Was there no one at the address, phone or email listed? It would seem to be an instruments dealer, so probably only they could tell you the source (The flutes appear to be of Pakistani origin?)
http://www.seangmw.force9.co.uk/Boorinwo/
Most recent site (updated Jan. 2013) seems to be:
http://www.boorinwoodmusic.com/html/contact_us.html

There was a boorinwood as a member on thesession.org , with the last comment 8 years ago.
https://thesession.org/members/3453

Google seems to have lots of mention regarding their various instruments, as discussed in a variety of forums, depending on whether guitar, accordion, etc.

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@Turmoy
Lots of reviews about M&E flutes on the Chiff & Fipple forum. Here’s a long link to a Google search that will point you to some threads about them.

http://www.google.com/search?num=100&safe=off&site=&source=hp&q=site%3Aforums.chiffandfipple.com+%22M%26E%22&oq=site%3Aforums.chiffandfipple.com+%22M%26E%22&gs_l=hp.3…1352.13502.0.14120.40.40.0.0.0.0.680.5325.9j28j1j5-2.40.0…0.0…1c.1.17.hp.J-HYoE6dcqw

and the shortened version:
http://goo.gl/xJ125

I’ve played the earlier flutes and later Rudall & Rose style keyless polymer flutes, which were decent, though a bit heavy. In my opinion, the R&R version was a better design. I have no personal experience with the keyed ebonite flutes they’re offering now, but it seems to be generally regarded as a good value for a low-cost keyed flute, although the keywork is not the best.

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I played a polymer M&E for about 6 years and sold it. I no longer play flute as I purchased new pipes, and that is my instrument of choice~ when they’re behaving.
The flute was great, and I had no issues with its playability, responsiveness, volume, tone, or any thing else. Overall, a solid flute for $300! The only strange thing that occurred was after about the 4th year, it began to do something that is hard to describe. I’ll try. The entire flute seemed to develop some weird topical disease (I’m a nurse, sorry). Instead of the plain black flute I was used to seeing, one day it had a tan, mottled look to it as it sit on my desk. I picked it up (hadn’t been playing it that much admittedly) and this tan stuff was like a thin residue that could barely be wiped off. I was able to clean it up, but it would keep coming back slowly. I can only imagine some chemical reaction (oxidization maybe??) was occurring with whatever form of polymer was used. I never found out what it was, and it’s gone now. Kind of a bummer. I see now that M&E has been using some different materials, maybe different formula of polymer~ not sure. But, that’s my experience. Don’t think you’d be disappointed with one. Would have been fine for a session or just about anything~ could make some good music on it. I used it for performance gigs and it was nice cuz hey, it’s a $300 flute and not $2000, and sturdy as hell. Not a lot to worry about with it. Might even pick up another one someday, as I see there have been some improvements made. Best of luck.

‘SB’

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I play an 8 key ebonite M&E, and owned a 6 key polymer before that. I prefer the ebonite myself, but don’t truly know if I’m simply a better flute player now or if there is some accoustical difference between the two materials. Michael Cronnelly makes a good flute. The R&R model (all he makes now) is a nice flute - both for sessions and recordings. The keys are post mounted, bought by Michael pre-made, but they work perfectly fine. His older keys were a bit rough, but the newer ones are well placed and work perfectly fine and look as nice as an post mounted keys out there.

I’d be leary of Boorinwood…they do appear to be Pakistani flutes.


Eric

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Thanks for the info lads! I did head up to Gortin in Tyrone looking for the address on their site but they must’ve fell of the flippin earth!