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New Sonares    15:51 on Monday, August 27, 2007 Vote for this post Vote against this post 0 votes

tim
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Has anyone had the opportunity to try the Sonares that are made in Germany instead of China? I wonder if their piccolo keywork is going to move to Germany as well...

Also, what exactly is this "Zinki" technology? Powell's marketing blurb about it is rather evasive.

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Re: New Sonares    16:29 on Monday, August 27, 2007 Vote for this post Vote against this post 0 votes

Flutist06
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If memory serves, the "Zinki" technology is a new way to produce drawn tone holes. Supposedly it puts less stress on the metal, which Powell claims leads to increased resonance. As it's proprietary technology, the details of what Zinki involves is not available to the public, as far as I'm aware.

As for the new Sonares, I have played a few brand new ones and cannot report any noticeable change in how they play. They feel and sound much the same as older models. However, the quality may differ....That's something that will have to be shown over the long term, rather than from a short playtest.

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Re: New Sonares    16:54 on Monday, August 27, 2007 Vote for this post Vote against this post 0 votes

tim
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Aaahhh, I see. Now it makes sense why they don't explain WHY it's "better." But without an explanation as to how or why one method is superior to another it seems fishy.

As far as the Sonares go, I figured they'd sound relatively the same since no change to the headjoint was made. I was just curious if the mechanism was built with more integrity.

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Re: New Sonares    16:59 on Monday, August 27, 2007 Vote for this post Vote against this post 0 votes

Flutist06
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I agree. Until they provide some explanation for why we should all be clambering for the Zinki technology, I just regard it as another marketing ploy. There may very well be a reasonable basis for the new way of doing things, but I don't like to take the word of folks that are trying to market something to me, particularly in an industry so notable for the marketing schemes.

Unfortunately, I cannot remark on the integrity of the new mechs, beyond saying that they seem to feel very similar to older Sonare mechs, as I haven't inspected one closely myself. Perhaps Micron or Joe B have a better basis on which to discuss them. I'd be interested in their conclusions as well.

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Re: New Sonares    17:07 on Monday, August 27, 2007 Vote for this post Vote against this post 0 votes

Account Closed
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I have not tried the new Sonares yet, but speaking of Sonares, I have aquired one a couple of months ago. It is like no other Sonare I have ever played or seen. It is just stamped Sonare on the barrel, but does not have a model #. It did come with the regular Powell Signature headjoint and the body and foot were solid silver along with the headjoint. The weird thing about it is that is is closed hole and has a B foot. Now I am a huge fan of Yamaha, but the keywork on this flute and mechanism and just all around flute plays better than any of the comparable Yamaha models to me. I was very suprised to say the least because I have never liked any Sonare flute that I have ever tried. I wonder if this flute was made to sell in the European market or something. Has anyone ever ran accross one like this before?

After having this flute, I would be very interested in trying out the newer line by them. Chris, do you know which model you tried out? I have heard a couple of very good reviews on their new student line of flutes.

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I still don't much care for the Headjoints that come on these though. Powell or not.. not my cup of tea.

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Re: New Sonares    17:17 on Monday, August 27, 2007 Vote for this post Vote against this post 0 votes

Flutist06
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I believe they were the 705 and 709 series (one was rose gold plated...Why, I'm not quite sure) that I tried out. That certainly sounds like an interesting flute you've got there, Kara....If you find out the answer to that little mystery, be sure to let us know!

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Re: New Sonares    20:16 on Monday, August 27, 2007 Vote for this post Vote against this post 0 votes

piccolo1991
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If I remember right, when the Sonares came out they didn't have have numbers on them. I remeber the only way we could tell the series number was based on the specs that it came with. I may be wrong, but I think I remember that. I never saw any with closed holes.

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Re: New Sonares    21:50 on Monday, August 27, 2007 Vote for this post Vote against this post 0 votes

Account Closed
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No, Powells are made in the US, SONARES are being made in Germany.

   

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