WTB 6 or 8 Key D FLute

WTB 6 or 8 Key D FLute

I would like to buy a keyed flute and wondered if anyone was thinking of selling one some time this year?
Regards
Stu

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Thanks McSwiss, already messaged them, must be sleeping.

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A 6-key flute in D really is about all you need, but an 8-key flute does have its occasional advantages. Fortunately many, but not all, modern flute makers include all of the tone holes to make an 8-key flute out of a 6-key flute.

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Yes a six key flute would be ideal to start and I know quite a few makers are happy to retro fit the c# and c keys on the lower foot. I don’t really want a short F key but beggars cant be choosers.

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A short F key fitted with a roller mechanism significantly extends its utility. Peter Noy, among others can fit this out. If you really don’t want one almost any maker could oblige you with a five key layout…with the understanding it may hinder re-sale. Dave Copley is particularly obliging about custom keys and layouts, as is Maurice Reviol.

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Thanks Postie, I prefer a long F, have tried short F on other flutes and don’t get on with them, My hands are like Shovels and I have fat fingers, the short F usually crimps my middle finger.

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I reckon you should keep an eye on the tone holes on the foot joint if you’re buying a six-key flute because some makers make them, intending them never to be keyed, and they won’t play in tune if you get the ‘C’ and ‘C#’ keys retro-fitted. Tape over them and play them to make sure they’re in tune before you buy.
By the way, I’ve been enjoying your YouTube videos and have been wondering if marching band flutes are ever made to suit a lefty who plays with the right hand on top and blows into the other side of the embouchure? I’ve been looking and haven’t seen any on the web.

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Dave Copley is a flute maker you could trust. I have two of Dave’s flutes, a 6-key flute in C but with wood-blocks for the 7th and 8th keys, and an 8-key flute in D. Dave Copley is right-on accurate when it come to tuning, as good as the flute-making art gets.

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@Con
I have an antique Metzler Bb band flute that is keyed for a lefty. I’d imagine they are thin on the ground though but then again so are antique concert left handed flutes.

If I were looking for one I would ask maybe Peter Worrell or Millyard Molem to make one.

All the best,
Patrick

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I am a former owner of the Baack…not affiliated with the seller except that I sold it to him. Lovely flute, I am just a delrin kind of guy…otherwise I’d still have that flute.

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Thanks folks theres some great flutes about on C&F and even on ebay, spoilt for choice 🙂 but I have one in mind, just trying to raise the funds, anyone wanna buy a 5 key F band flute? (Miller Wicks NI)
@Con, I still play the Bb band flute and still writing band tunes but loving the traditional Irish stuff on the D flute, wish I’d learned it when I was much younger.
I agree with Patrick Tony Millyard or Pete Worrell would be your best bet for a lefty band flute, I know Pete has made flutes to be played by one hand for amputees, or something.

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Hi, Stu,

When it comes to flutes, never mind the money. Oh, yeah, down the drain the money goes, but what you really need and want is the maximum return available. 6 and 8-key flutes are a specialist market and you are a specialty customer. There are a number of high quality flute makers available. I mentioned Dave Copley and let me also say great things about Ralph Sweet and his son Walt Sweet of Sweetheart Flutes. Oh, yeah, their flutes will cost money, but years, even decades from now you will have made a very satisfying investment.

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Glenn Watson has custom-made a flute for me so I no longer need my 1880’s 8- keyed flute. I live in London.

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Thanks Patrick and accordionstu.

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