Is It My Imagination?
Over the many years I have played Irish music, I have experimented with many techniques and instrument configurations on flute. This activity has often been influenced by a hand condition I suffer that limits my sense of touch. As you can imagine, this complicates effectively sealing the holes. The problem is, every day I play, the response seems to change. I sometimes wonder if a perceived improvement resulting from some experiment is just my imagination, as the supposed improvement is not always consistent. Now we come to the heart this post: I find, on two 19th century flutes I own, they both project better and a bit louder if the low C# and C keys are removed. My notion is that the keys, when open, still inhibit the flow of air and sound. Have at it, fluters! All in my head or can you confirm?