Advice on buying a 6-key wooden flute
I attended my first session last Wednesday and that was a fantastic experience. I was there with my (beloved) delrin Forbes flute and was lucky enough to hear a Geert Lejeune and a Sam Murray wooden flute from two other players. I fell very much in love with the tone of the Sam Murray’s flute (I am aware that 95% of the tone comes from the player, but I believe there was something special in the flute as well).
Brief, I am planning to buy e 6-key high-quality blackwood flute and would have gone for the Sam Murray but, as far as I understand, the flutemaker is not making flutes anymore.
Here comes the point of this post:
1) Could you point to me to something similar to Sam Murray’s flutes?
2) In my search for a wooden flutes over these last few days, I was attracted by two flutemakers: Gilles Lehart (good reputation, great tone on recordings and, above all, short waiting list) and Solen Lesouef (to what I can hear, the tone that attracts me most). Do you have experience with these two flutes?
3) Any suggestions of other flutemakers?
I am seeking advice especially from experienced players who have played several different flutes. Please feel free to PM me if you’d prefer keeping private your comments on the flutes.
(also posted on C&F)
Thank you very much for your help