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Do wooden flutes sound better?
Some say that wood flutes have a “warmer” sound while metal flutes tend to be more “bright”. However, scientific studies have shown that given two flutes with identical dimensions, bore, etc., there should not be a perceivable difference in sound regardless of the material from which the flute is made.
What is the difference between a wooden flute and a metal flute?
Wood vs Metal The traditional Irish flute is usually made from wood, while classical flutes are typically made from silver and other metals. Wooden flutes offer a different tone and responsiveness to the silver flute, but you’ll soon get used to it.
Why did they change the flute from wood to metal?
The first flute was made in Germany in 1830. Why did they change the flute from wood to metal? The people were tired of it and it didn’t last that long. So Theobald Boehm thought of a flute that could be metal and that is how it changed.
Are wooden flutes better than metal flutes?
Wooden flutes are harder to play than metal flutes There is no reason why a well-made wooden flute in good condition should be any harder to play than a well-made metal flute in good condition. Indeed, metal flute owners often have wooden head-joints made for them and are often astonished how well they play.
Which flute is easiest?
Open Hole Flutes are the Best for Beginners Until they have refined their technique, beginners are better off learning with closed hole (German style) flutes. Also known as plateau holes, closed holes will make the instrument much easier to play for beginners.
Do open hole flutes sound better?
So, the big question is; Does an open-holed flute sounds better than a closed-hole flute? . The answer in a nutshell is no . Improved volume and tone is a possibility only because it has become a tradition that flutes of higher quality mostly all have open-holes.
Are wood flutes good?
Wooden flutes are harder to play than metal flutes Makers have a technical expression for these – we call them “bad flutes”. There is no reason why a well-made wooden flute in good condition should be any harder to play than a well-made metal flute in good condition.
Which is better a silver flute or a nickel flute?
An inexpensive nickel-plated flute has a tone lacking in character and brilliance, but a fine silver flute sounds, well, silvery! It has a tone that sparkles, that sings, that carries to the back of the concert hall.
How does the quality of wood affect the sound?
Just like to point out that while the type of wood may not affect the sound, it affects how it’s made and how durable it is once finished. The density also very much affects the tone as lower density wood will actually leak air, though once you get past a certain quality it’s not much of a difference.
What kind of material was the Coltman flute made out of?
Coltman’s experimental apparatus matched Backus’s for both ingenuity and hilarity, consisting of three cylindrical tubes: one of silver, one of copper, and one of blackwood, all identical in inner diameter. Each tube was fitted with an ostensibly identical flute headjoint made of Delrin plastic.
What’s the difference between a metal and a wooden headjoint?
Metal can be shaped to a thinner, more even ‘blade’. The sound of a metal headjoint can be described as cleaner, perhaps sharper, perhaps more focussed. A wooden headjoint can be described as more mellow, a little softer, a little earthier.