Gumtree (Craigslist) flute score!

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  1. Grey_Melbourne

    Grey_Melbourne TDPRI Member

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    Despite my best efforts to steer my 8yo boy to playing the guitar, he is somewhat obsessed with orchestras. He started piano this year and is progressing quite quickly. He has also picked up my old clarinet and taught himself to get some notes out of it. He now wants to own every instrument in the orchestra!
    My wife and I thought we would get him a flute as they are fairly small and relatively inexpensive. We planned to get him one from eBay which is around $150 Australian dollars that has reasonable reviews.
    I had also set up an alert on Gumtree, which I guess is an equivalent to Craigslist, for flutes. One showed up on the weekend for $100, and the seller said he knew it was good quality and it was cheap but he wanted it to go to a good home.
    I did a very quick Google check to make sure it wasn't cheap junk, then set up a meet to check it out on my way home from work. I didn't look in detail.
    The meet went well and from what I could see it looked in good condition and he was a normal guy, so I got it for $100. Christmas present sorted!
    On getting home and researching the make and model, we discovered that it is actually a high end concert flute. We were very surprised.
    I called a specialist music store this morning and described what I had, and they said that they sell them for $8,500!!!!
    Shocked is not the word. Now we need to look into insurance for it. And we are back to shopping as there is no way I'll let my son batter an instrument of that value at this stage of his 'career'.
     
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    Torren61 Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    Damn, I was gonna make a "skin flute" joke until I saw it was for your son. Now, I gotta take the high road. Nice score! Yaaaay! :(
     
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    Let him play it ... Tell him how valuable it is ... Trust him ... Or ... Sell it or stash it and get him something more appropriate ....
     
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    maxvintage Friend of Leo's

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    Sounds like you got a good deal.

    Just be aware that it probably needs a good bit of work if its been unplayed for a while. Woodwinds need repadding now and then or they are really frustrating to play. Make it easy on your son! get it repadded if it needs it. The thin cork that goes on the undersides of keys to stop the clicking often falls off too, and springs can lose tension. But the pads are important --you can never get strong tone or play well if the pads are leaking; he'll think its his fault when it's not

    I bought a nice sold silver flute on Craigslist for a couple hundred, and I've been gradually restoring it. It's fun but it's fussy work repadding the whole thing. Pad sizes aren't standardized.
     
  5. Grey_Melbourne

    Grey_Melbourne TDPRI Member

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    Yes, we are discussing if maybe that's what we should do. I don't trust myself to pick it up though!
     
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    Great advice. It looks in good condition but I'm no expert. I struggle to change my guitar strings so I don't think I'm up to working on a concert flute!
     
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    maxvintage Friend of Leo's

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    yeah they can look perfect but the pads can leak like hell. A professional will use a strong light and/or a feeler gauge to find small leaks that will have a huge impact on playing. Ive built a bunch of guitars so I'm fairly handy and have a good workshop, but the pad replacement is still really fussy--you have to use paper shims to get the things to seat right. Just figuring out how to take it a part and get it back together was a little tense!

    It's like a guitar--when the set up is good, the playing is easy and you can concentrate on what you're doing wrong, rather than wondering if it's the instrument's fault.

    what's the make of the flute?
     
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    Yes I think it's way too fiddly for my skill level.

    The flute is a Temby - an Australian company.
     
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