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It was George who first showed interest in the flute. The brothers borrowed a flute to copy and started flute making at an early age. They worked together for about six years and made both silver and wood piccolos. The brothers split up in George move to California and started making instrument under his own name, as well as repairing instrument.
It is probably from this time period that your instrument was made or from his stint of making in New York that lasted till around Your piccolo may be 65 to 70 years old.
What marks are on the instrument? As to value, probably not much if it's in bad shape. As you know, it was William S.
Haynes who founded the current Haynes company. A fascinating history of flute making that is now over a century long.
How to choose a flute. Greene Buying a flute is in my opinion at least as stressful and complex as buying a used car If you're lucky, you can go to a large, well-stocked store which sells many different brands and types of flute, and try them until you find your perfect new instrument.
If you're even luckier, you will have a patient and highly trained flute teacher to go with you and give advice. If, however, you are so unfortunate as not to enjoy these advantages as I lacked, when buying my flute then you must be much more attentive and much more patient.
It is basically a "weeding out" process, in which you first settle on what basic type of flute you want, pick some well-known brand names, and then have some of each sent to you.
Play them, and return the ones you don't like, even if that means returning them all. Take notes on why you did or didn't like each one. Before beginning the process decide how far you wish to progress on the flute.
In my case I know full well that I will never be anything like a Galway or Rampal -- which by the way does wonders for my ego -- so I immediately eliminated the upper-end flutes made of such precious metals as gold, Aurumite or platinum.
I also had bad experiences with the low grade student flutes, so out they went too. That leaves the middle grade flutes by reputable manufacturers.
You must decide if you want a B or C foot; open hole or plateau; offset G or inline; split E mechanism or not; pointed French arms or not. These are personal preferences and depend on your style of play.
Once you've settled that, each manufacturer will have several models you can choose from. If you have specific questions about any of these options, the members of the FLUTE list, which include people far more knowledgeable than myself, can almost certainly answer them.
In general, the more silver in a flute the better. Models begin with all silver plate, then move up through: Whether the springs are gold or not is another personal preference. I can tell you from my own experience, that flutes which look identical can easily be extremely different in price; further, that this price difference is usually justified, believe it or not.
The minute differences in headjoint manufacture and design, particularly, make huge differences in the sound. I am naturally skeptical and a tightwad and I had to be convinced of this; but now, I believe it. When playing, check for leaks at the pads.
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