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    Default Native American flute anyone?

    Just posted a quick review of my latest acquisition with more to come:
    https://jimhanks.wordpress.com/2017/...he-naf-part-1/

    It's a Gm NAF. I think it is going to pair well with ukes, especially the Bb tenors. FAS is already starting to kick in and I have something more exotic in the works with another maker.
    Current Stable:
    -Ohana TKS-15E Tenor - Eb cuatro
    -Iriguchi Keystone Tenor "Weeble" - Bb, SC SMU
    -Blue Star 19" baritone Konablaster - DGBE, steel string
    -KPK pineapple SLN - GCEA
    -Cocobolo 16" SC#1 - gCEA, SC SLMU
    -Ono #42 19" baritone, Ab, LW
    -Imua iET - Bb, M600
    -Covered Bridge CLN pineapple - Eb cuatro, SC XLL
    -Rogue bari
    Once upon a time:
    -RISA Concert Stick
    -Bruko sop. custom #6
    -Lanikai lam hog bari
    -Kala SLNG
    -Bruko bari
    -Gold Tone BUT


    Jim's Blog

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    Hi Jim,

    Don't know why the flute portal isn't accepting members right now. I am a moderator over there and I know nothing.

    Really nice flute. Did David show you his fat flutes? I played a low A (I think) but it was a fat flute and my small hands and short arm length had no trouble with it. Really nice, deep sound. He's also a really nice guy.

    I'm mainly focusing on the shakuhachi right now. I love that thing! Can't do much with it yet but I still love it.
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    Oooh this sounds promising! Very cool. I had a R. Carlos Nakai CD a long time ago that was amazing.
    "If a lot of people play the ukulele, the world would be a better place to live."

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    Quote Originally Posted by igorthebarbarian View Post
    Oooh this sounds promising! Very cool. I had a R. Carlos Nakai CD a long time ago that was amazing.
    Being in AZ, you probably have some opportunities to find one local. You can also find really good ones online. I can tell you some good makers if you are interested. It is so easy to play and very relaxing.
    Jan >^..^<
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chopped Liver View Post
    Don't know why the flute portal isn't accepting members right now. I am a moderator over there and I know nothing.

    Really nice flute. Did David show you his fat flutes? I played a low A (I think) but it was a fat flute and my small hands and short arm length had no trouble with it. Really nice, deep sound. He's also a really nice guy.
    The Flute Portal doesn't have a real admin at the moment. The registration page fails as the "prove you aren't a robot" part just doesn't work. I emailed the admin email and got no response, so I found an email for the original founder Geoffrey Ellis, and he explained the situation that the site is in transition right now trying to upgrade the software, find a new admin, etc. The site could even go away which would be a shame.

    Anyway, the biggest flute I tried was a low C, which was a bit of a reach, not undoable but not really comfortable either. The D was better in that regard.

    I agree David was great to work with over email and in person. I would not hesitate to send anyone his way.
    Current Stable:
    -Ohana TKS-15E Tenor - Eb cuatro
    -Iriguchi Keystone Tenor "Weeble" - Bb, SC SMU
    -Blue Star 19" baritone Konablaster - DGBE, steel string
    -KPK pineapple SLN - GCEA
    -Cocobolo 16" SC#1 - gCEA, SC SLMU
    -Ono #42 19" baritone, Ab, LW
    -Imua iET - Bb, M600
    -Covered Bridge CLN pineapple - Eb cuatro, SC XLL
    -Rogue bari
    Once upon a time:
    -RISA Concert Stick
    -Bruko sop. custom #6
    -Lanikai lam hog bari
    -Kala SLNG
    -Bruko bari
    -Gold Tone BUT


    Jim's Blog

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    Quote Originally Posted by igorthebarbarian View Post
    Oooh this sounds promising! Very cool. I had a R. Carlos Nakai CD a long time ago that was amazing.
    I haven't listened to all that much of him but I do understand he is "The Man" of NAF. From what I've heard so far, I prefer his work with the Quartet over the solo meditation stuff, but I'm probably in the minority there. I also think his tab system is kinda whack - but I'll be taking that up separately on my blog in the near future.
    Current Stable:
    -Ohana TKS-15E Tenor - Eb cuatro
    -Iriguchi Keystone Tenor "Weeble" - Bb, SC SMU
    -Blue Star 19" baritone Konablaster - DGBE, steel string
    -KPK pineapple SLN - GCEA
    -Cocobolo 16" SC#1 - gCEA, SC SLMU
    -Ono #42 19" baritone, Ab, LW
    -Imua iET - Bb, M600
    -Covered Bridge CLN pineapple - Eb cuatro, SC XLL
    -Rogue bari
    Once upon a time:
    -RISA Concert Stick
    -Bruko sop. custom #6
    -Lanikai lam hog bari
    -Kala SLNG
    -Bruko bari
    -Gold Tone BUT


    Jim's Blog

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    I have 2 NAFs, both in C so I don't have to transcribe my mountain of music.

    How much do I play them?

    Not very much.
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    I liked the native Indian flute and always wanted to learn to play but uke is taking up a lot of my time
    All for sale; pm me:


    Brand new Loprinzi Honduran mahogany soprano w new hardshell case. $350

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    It's one of those instruments I've always loved but never taken up. A couple of old friends of mine used to record sort of new agey/NA music under the name Coyote Oldman and they also made beautiful flutes.

    Many years back one of them gifted me with a simply gorgeous flute that IIRC was made of cedar.

    I would occasionally play on it, but my brother in law admired it so much I passed it on to him and he makes very beautiful music with it, so it all worked out the way it was supposed to.
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    I ran across that name Coyote Oldman and "MGA" repeatedly in my research. Read lots of good things about his flutes. Apparently he's still on a kind of medical hiatus from flute making.
    Current Stable:
    -Ohana TKS-15E Tenor - Eb cuatro
    -Iriguchi Keystone Tenor "Weeble" - Bb, SC SMU
    -Blue Star 19" baritone Konablaster - DGBE, steel string
    -KPK pineapple SLN - GCEA
    -Cocobolo 16" SC#1 - gCEA, SC SLMU
    -Ono #42 19" baritone, Ab, LW
    -Imua iET - Bb, M600
    -Covered Bridge CLN pineapple - Eb cuatro, SC XLL
    -Rogue bari
    Once upon a time:
    -RISA Concert Stick
    -Bruko sop. custom #6
    -Lanikai lam hog bari
    -Kala SLNG
    -Bruko bari
    -Gold Tone BUT


    Jim's Blog

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