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» Changing A Totem

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I received a flute in the mail today that I ordered at the beginning of December. It plays well however it does not have the totem that I requested in my order. Is it a big deal to get a different totem on a flute or are they made to match right at the time the flute is crafted?

Before I contact the maker about this detail, I'd like to understand a little more so I can decide what my best option would be.....would the flute have to be mailed back, for instance?

thanks for any guidance.


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Odds are that if you get the block/bird/totem from the same flute maker, it'll work and sound just fine.


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The Totem should come right off once you un-wrap the leather ties.


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QUOTE(harper @ Jan 21 2013, 05:40 PM) *
The Totem should come right off once you un-wrap the leather ties.



Thanks Harper, but I don't have any troubles removing the totem. Its more a case of aesthetics. I chose a specific totem, non animal, and received an animal design instead.

From what specklesophie says, it sounds like a totem that is crafted for a flute even after the original flute has been finished will probably still fit given it is made by the same maker. I'm guessing that the necessary width of the block would be familiar to the maker so it shouldn't be a problem to get the totem I wanted without having to return the flute to the maker, is that right?


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Depends on where the flue is. If it is in the block, you should return the flute to have the block replaced. If it is in the body, then that may not be necessary.

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QUOTE(Esperanza @ Jan 21 2013, 04:12 PM) *
I received a flute in the mail today that I ordered at the beginning of December. It plays well however it does not have the totem that I requested in my order. Is it a big deal to get a different totem on a flute or are they made to match right at the time the flute is crafted?

Before I contact the maker about this detail, I'd like to understand a little more so I can decide what my best option would be.....would the flute have to be mailed back, for instance?

thanks for any guidance.



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Contact the maker. They can tell you whether you need to send it back or not. I personally think sending it back is a better option so that you know the totem works with your flute - instead of getting it, it not working, and you still have to send it back.


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QUOTE(tootieflutie58 @ Jan 22 2013, 05:46 AM) *
Contact the maker. They can tell you whether you need to send it back or not. I personally think sending it back is a better option so that you know the totem works with your flute - instead of getting it, it not working, and you still have to send it back.


Yes, that makes sense and actually what I thought might be the case.

Shipping took a while and I paid customs as well so I think maybe I'll just work on bonding with the current totem rather than requesting a swap.

Thank you for your advice.


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