I’ve been wanting to learn about instrument repair and picked up a bundle of 4 Flutes for very cheap on Goodwill Auction. I disassembled one, cleaned it up and replaced some pads on it. I know all the pads are not perfect on it but all the keys look well regulated on it.
When I tried playing it I could barely get any notes out and I started to get a little lite headed. My nephew tried it and could get it to play holding all the keys down. He was a Baritone / Euphonium player in school and never played the flute or any woodwind.
So far it’s the only wind instrument I’ve tried and wasn’t able to get a sound out of so easily. I always assumed (incorrectly) that in regards to embachure, air support, reed selections and adjustments y’all had it easy. I can play a low A on a Baritone Saxophone and not get that winded!
I’ll stick to the saxophones for now.
Disassembly and reassembly wasn’t that hard to figure out on the Flute. I do like how the pads are held in place on them. Once I finish with them I’ll probably sell them at cost or give them to a beginning band student. One will be used for parts and what’s left turned into a lamp. It’s a Chinese made instrument and was missing pieces when I got it. The other 3 will need some cases.