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Noisy Bear
Posted on: Jul 25 2012, 08:32 PM


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Check out Ken Lights flute site (Ammon Alorin)

It is ceramic and cast after an actual eale bone whistle of Clarols Nakai. Now it does not have tone holes but if you want to use it as a whistle then it is great. I love mine!! It is very authenic.
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Noisy Bear
Posted on: Jun 23 2012, 11:09 AM


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Dave

I practice my rim blown flutes in the mirror so I can see the angle, and everything I am doing right when I hit the sweet spot. Works for me.
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Noisy Bear
Posted on: Jun 22 2012, 07:52 PM


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Stopped by to see what's happening as I often do.

This week I was checking some Flute websites which I have not done is some time;

I noticed Geoffrey had some Great looking flutes, Naf's no less, for sale. Great looking curly redwood flutes among others:

Colyn has some flutes in his Flute Maker 5's for sale. Won't have more until after INAFA

I was surprised to see Ed Hrebec has some in-stock flutes ...apparently he is starting his Flute of the Month offerring again.

Not sure if any still available. Some of my circle members aksed me to tell them if any of these makers had any flutes available

so I thought I would post this here.

Earth Tone Flute/ Woodland Voices/ Spirit of the Woods are the websites

Also I must say Mark Holland's new CD (Instruments of Peace) is fabulous. He used a subbass D of G's. I know sometime in the

past someone was asking if any CD's had subbass flutes used on them. Mark often does!

We are having a professional celloist come to our flute circle Sunday and I am really looking forward to this!

Hope all is well with the flute community!
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Noisy Bear
Posted on: May 15 2012, 05:44 PM


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Ed

For my money I would prefer the Hall flute//I would expect it to have better intonation and tuning. I don't have a flute in this key by either maker but have played both lines a lot and have several of Butch's flutes in my collection. I would prefer a Colyn Petersen over either however!
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Noisy Bear
Posted on: May 9 2012, 08:29 PM


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I hope every one will get a chance to have Mark in their area for a house concert! He is a wonderful person and a great NAF player. We had sooooooooooooooomuch fun.... and made some nice music too! Thanks for the pics Rex and for all your help
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Noisy Bear
Posted on: Apr 24 2012, 07:03 PM


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Fellow Fluties:

Mark will be making a swing through Arizona and California in a few weeks. If you are nearby one of his performance stops you won't want to miss him perform. Here is his schedule. We are looking forward to a workshop and then the performance later in the evening.

Mark Holland - Arizona / California House Concert Tour
April 25 Tucson, AZ (contact Tucson Flute Circle for details)
April 27 Cave Creek, AZ DessertHills Library 7pm. $20
April 28 Paradise Valley (Phoenix), AZ Ascension Lutheran Church 7pm. $15
April 29 Rancho Mirage, CA (contact Annie Mahias for details)
May 3 Nopomo, CA (contact Central Coast FC for details)
May 4 San Jose, CA
May 5 Santa Rosa, CA
May 6 Modesto, CA
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Noisy Bear
Posted on: Feb 17 2012, 05:01 PM


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You will find that Mark Holland uses Subbass flutes alot. He has them from both Geoffrey and Colyn. His last Cd has at least one track. (Turns out that was a low a/Not subbass// Mark will often use one subbass flute and then a flute an octave higher. His last CD was Balance. If you shoot him an email he might be able to give you a list and perhaps you could listen to an excerpt from his site . Looked it up...on the Reflections CD the song "Mysteries Revealed "starts with a Colyn Subbass C //then uses a low C by Spirit of the WSoods Flutes and a high C by meadowlark flutes. I was just in a studio to do a couple of tracks and had time to record piano and subbas F# by G. It is pretty good but not a final take. I can post it (I think) if you are interested. Mark has used G's subbass F# I know for sure/ what CD not sure now! Kenneth Hooper of Elysium calling used a subbass F# by spirit of the woods flutes I remember as well. I could look that up if you are interested? This will get you started?
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Noisy Bear
Posted on: Jan 12 2012, 10:10 PM


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Arthur

For me I would never just contact a maker and ask him for all his knowledge. After you establish rapport a maker might want to share some insights but most expect you to make some intial attempts yourself. I suggest you try to find some literature or books to help you get started then you may be in a place to get some help. Hey if you contact one of those folks and they tell you all ...great for you. Here is a link to a site you might find useful with some intsrtuctional material for sale. Good luck on your search. The site has all kinds of instruments made of clay. Just my 2 cents



http://www.ninestones.com/burntearth/forsale/media.html
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Noisy Bear
Posted on: Jan 5 2012, 06:52 PM


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Rick

Got an email from him over the Holidays with some flutes for sale. I agree he is in business and still making flutes for sure.
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Posted on: Jan 4 2012, 04:56 PM


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[Rick

My first recommendation would be Colyn as stated. Ed Hrebec makes a great sounding high D but I think he only makes them 5 holes. You might consider Randy Stenzel if he is taking orders. He makes fine flutes. A last suggestion might be Russ Veneable, like Colyn, Ed,G, and others he makers great flutes across the range. Not many makers can say this. Good luck on your search.
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Posted on: Jan 3 2012, 09:12 PM


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Most makers I know do this on a lathe while they are turning the flute. Scott Loomis, like Jimbo does his on a belt sander. I think Ken Light does his by hand? I have seen several variations by Crowbeak, and Jack Thomas that I like a lot. It is fun to watcher a maker do this as it is surprising at least to me, how quickly they can perform the task. I think I have the first flute JP did with this mouth piece and turned out to be his most popular the last time I spoke to him. (carved end bear flute in F# out of lacewood and walnut) The mouth piece you show from his site is much smaller or tapers to more of a point than mine.
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Posted on: Dec 12 2011, 04:59 PM


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I ordered a whistle from Ken a few weeks ago. It is cast and made of abs. It really plays nicely and I am really enjoying mine. I am now taking it to all flute events. I recommend them if you have an interest. Really looks real as well. There is a hole in the end of the bone and Ken suggested he could place it on the shaft but decided to go with the way Nakai has his. Anyway it is way cool. You can hold it and use your pinky to cover/uncover the hole in the end of thd shaft.
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Noisy Bear
Posted on: Nov 5 2011, 05:13 PM


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Chris:

I read the posts with interest. I for one love a great melody especially played on the NAF. I am thinking of songs by Mark Holland, Mary Youngblood, Kenneth Hooper, Scott August etc. I do love a good soundscape and enjoy doing them. I will be doing one in a performance tommorrow. If you find this difficult I understand and the reasons you want to do something unstructured. Many of Nakai's recordings, as well as Coyote Oldmans and John Huling fall in this later category. Both styles are enjoyable to me. Could you post some melodies you have done and give us some instruction on composing with structure. Some of us would like to be better in this area. Perhaps others can join in to and it could become its own thread. One of my favorite songs that has the sturcture you refer to is Raven Moon by Mary Youngblood.............great song. The real reason for my post is to just say structured songs with the NAF have a place. This might be a talent that could inspire others. You might practice and see how long you can go playing linear without coming back to a phrase again even if you had to string other phrases with it. Just my thougts but find the discussion something worth thinking about.
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Posted on: Oct 19 2011, 08:12 PM


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Thanks:

It is a nice flute. Second best thing to a regular Anasazi with very nice tone. I think most people of normal stature could play this Bb or A. The G is for those with a longer wing span. IF any one is interested I could give the measurements. I like a flute with in- line finger holes if it is feasible. I am still working on getting better with the regular Anasazi flutes especially when I hear some nice tunes here on the portal or u tube. I hope to post a improv with my new Russ Veneable Magen Avot one day soon. It too, is a great flute! Thanks for listening.
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Posted on: Oct 18 2011, 07:14 PM


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I recently purchased this flute at the Yosemite gathering. It is a nice piece of streaked aromatic cedar. OF course it is much easier to play than an Anasazi proper. It has good volumne and will reach the octave on the first three holes with ease. Stephen had this one on sale as the finger holes are in line and he articulates the newer models. I played the Bb/ A/ and G. They all had nice sound but I could not find a G that was easy on the fundamental, that it it was sensitive and wanted to jump the opctave. May have to have one and work with it awhile. I think they are fun. They do not have the full range of a regular Anasazi. I sure would recommend one. This is a recording if it comes through with keyboard and dumbek. It has a thumb hole and will play Bb or D. I did not use the thumb hole to transistion to the octave (by cracking it) nor did I use the note produced with all holes open including the thumb hole. I hope this gives some idea of what the flute is capable of.
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Posted on: Oct 18 2011, 04:09 PM


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Rick

Years ago JP made bass flutes down to bass Am. He stopped making them some time ago. So this is not really new for him. I played a low A that was nice years ago. I have a low C that plays well. I am sure he would not put them out there if they were not up to the industry standard. JP was the first plains maker that upped the bore size throughout his line, that I am aware off.

G / Loomis made a great low A ,sound was terrific. The problem was a small bore for that size flute that put the holes far apart and made it hard for many to play them. He wanted to maintain teh look of his flutes across the line, I guess. Bob Bellus, the head of he NorCal flute circle had one at the time. I also think G is correct in that if you made the tsh larger on the plains style it would work fine and the chimney would definelty help. My first subbass was a Pat Haran low F#. It is a hybird in that it had a small flue in the body and a small flue in the block. I still have it and it plays great. It is a big bore flute.
I also like my bass Ed Hrebec flutes. They are a bit quieter but have a very true focused sound.

For me the best bass/subbass are Colyn's and G's.

Steve De Rubys ez bass flutes also sound very nice.
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Posted on: Oct 15 2011, 08:13 PM


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I have just one of Stephen's flutes an Ez Anasazi I just bought. I have been around alot of his flutes and have known him for some time. I spent quite a bit of time in his booth at Yosemite and have played the the mystic flutes and they play well. I think they look a bit odd with the sound mechanism but this allows folks of short stature to play a really big flute. I think it was a great innovation. One of my members plans to get one for that reason. I think he has a return policy so the only risk is the cost to ship it back. Perhaps someone who has one can say more but every time I have played one I thought they were great. I am tall and have a large collection of bass flutes prior to Stephen coming out with these is the main reason I don't own one.
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Posted on: Oct 13 2011, 05:06 PM


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Could be wrong but all my birdhead flutes they made sure appear to be paint? Maybe is depends on the project???Anyway she does great work!
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Posted on: Oct 13 2011, 05:01 PM


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I have many painted flutes, most by Kitty of Woodland voices and I thought acrylic was used mostly. After the flute gets it's final sanding it is painted, then when dry the finish goes over the top. We have a circle member that paints flutes over the finish and then seals that with additional finish and they come oput really well.
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Posted on: Oct 13 2011, 04:57 PM


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Hawk

For smell I like Spanish Cedar, Eastern Cedar (aromatic cedar), and I really like Port Orford Cedar, it has an unusal smell but pleasant. These woods (and others ) can be used as accent woods, end caps etc and bring a contrast and the wonderful aroma without the entire flute being made of this wood.
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Posted on: Sep 19 2011, 03:59 PM


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I received my copy of TIme Travelers today and it is playing as I type. Fantastic. Very soothing and relaxing. You can really destress to this one. You can hear Michael breathing as he plays //I like that about the recording, somehow more organic. Very otherworldly. Looking forward to others reactions.
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Posted on: Sep 13 2011, 08:52 PM


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Rick

Met Lee and Mac (for the first time) at a concert they did in the bay area some time back. It was a great concert and I was able to buy a root end Am from him. It is a cool flute and a treasure!
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Posted on: Aug 2 2011, 06:29 PM


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Mark

I am betting Scott will send you the song viaemail in a mp3?
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Posted on: Aug 2 2011, 06:24 PM


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Rick

The shape of the mouth piece reminds me of an Andrew Begay flute
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Posted on: Jun 4 2011, 05:49 PM


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Greg
Love your flutes and your dedication to your craft. I have four of your creations in my collection. I am happy with them all!! I respect your policy. I too would have trouble with it. I know a good flute when I play one and if it is not of an acceptable quality I would expect to be able to return it. Makers I have worked with have rarley had a return from me. But it does happen. Boy I would hate to let one of your creations out of my hands even if it was going back to you so it would have to be a "Have to " kind of situation. I would feel more comfortable with the poilcy reading something like: All sales are considered final. Returns will only accepted when issues are discussed first and with the consent of the maker except for issues of breakage or damage in transport. Btw I would buy a returned flute with no problem, it might be appropriate for a slight discount but to destroy a creation that could bring joy to another seems like a waste. Greg this is not beat up the maker time for me, just expressing my opinion. Just seems like a little more wiggle room in the policy might make buyers feel a little more comfortable? I sure appreciate your willingness to share your thoughts.....on the matter it is appreciated! Your work is amazing!
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