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    Quote Originally Posted by uke1950 View Post
    I've read that elsewhere also about using earplugs, particularly if you use the top octave, but I expect I'll be in the lower two & not get up to the third.

    I found another forum that has an active flute section, (Chiff & Fipple), so I've registered, it seems, on a look around, to mainly be key less flute players that frequent it, but likely I'll pick up some good tips on there.
    Chiff and Fipple is a great forum. There are plenty of folks there using keyed flutes, but they are mostly concert/Irish style.
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    Is there a lot of difference between a fife & a key less piccolo?
    (They seem to be about the same size.)
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    My fifes are all about 16.5 inches long, and my two piccolos are 12.75" long. I have one Revolutionary War type fife, one American Civil War type, one cheap plastic one that plays very well without becoming waterlogged and a bamboo one that I made myself. The one I made plays okay, but unfortunatly, through improper planning, the bottom hole is too close to a joint. It's difficult to get it to speak properly, but it does. I usta carry the plastic one and a tin whistle to the park on my bike. I played there for the birds and the squirrels. They seemed to enjoy it.

    All of these instruments have six holes. The fifes and one piccolo are wooden cylinders, and my best piccolo is two piece. The piccolos are both a blast to play. I would enjoy the fifes more if I could play the top octave, but I just can't.

    I also have a Baroque Flute that's very difficult to play in tune (I understand that they all are.), so I don't play it very much anymore. I usta bang away at Baroque music with it, but I tired of the challenge.

    I understand that this is way more than you wanted to know about my instruments, but I enjoyed writing it.
    Kala "Spalted" baritone - Lo D GBD
    Kala tenor eight string - gG cC EE AA

    Luna "Peace" concert - Lo - G CEA
    Flea "Red" concert - Hi-G CEA -
    Kala "Exotic Mahogany" soprano - Hi-A DF#B

    Mahalo yellow "Smiley" soprano (Dad's Day gift) - C
    Ka-Lai Pineapple soprano (old) gift - C

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    More than I asked for, but very much appreciated, as I wasn't at all sure of the differences.

    I had two short practices on my piccolo today, & managed to just about get up to 2nd C.

    Lots of practice will be needed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by maki66 View Post
    Have any of you played Doug Tipple's pvc flutes? I've owned several and enjoyed them,

    http://tippleflutes.com/
    I had a look at them, & wondered how good they might be.

    Your whistle playing's not bad at all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Hanks View Post
    I've got a bad case of FAS lately, of the Native American style variety : https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC19...gQhdtcppxqzjXw
    I do like the sound of those - do you have any with the drone?
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    Quote Originally Posted by uke1950 View Post
    I do like the sound of those - do you have any with the drone?
    Here's the link to the write up on that one and there is a video link at the bottom. I think that's the only one so far.
    https://jimhanks.wordpress.com/2017/...harmony-drone/
    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


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    Quote Originally Posted by uke1950 View Post
    I had a look at them, & wondered how good they might be.

    Your whistle playing's not bad at all.
    You are too kind, but thank you very much.

    I've owned 6 Doug Tipple flutes from G to D.
    The ones I've had were various set ups, round embouchure, oval embouchure, lip plate, no lip plate, two piece, three piece and four piece.
    I thought they were all very good for the money. (You understand that I've got no depth of experience.)
    The sound was great and I didn't have much trouble with my embouchure or keeping the flute full.
    My issue is either old hands or bad ergonomics, or both. After playing them for a while my hands would hurt for days.
    I have the same issue with more expensive conical Irish style flutes. So I sold them all off.

    One thing I will say is that the spacing between the holes is slightly more and the holes themselves are largish compared to conical flutes.
    Probably not a great flute for small hands.
    You can sometimes find a used Tipple on C&F for $50-80 which I find really attractive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Hanks View Post
    Here's the link to the write up on that one and there is a video link at the bottom. I think that's the only one so far.
    That's got a great tone.
    Trying to do justice to various musical instruments.
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    Quote Originally Posted by uke1950 View Post
    That's got a great tone.
    Thanks!
    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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