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Brio!, Avanti, Sonare, etc.    22:09 on Friday, November 27, 2009 Vote for this post Vote against this post 0 votes

flutesandpiccolo
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I was recently just checking out some new piccolos, and I had saw that there were the new flutes that everyone knows that the large companies are making, the branched off flutes from the parent company. Sonare, Avanti, Brio!, etc. I figured I'd try them. They all were pretty typical I felt except the Brio! due to the "Dana Sheridan" head joint, but that was only because of the head joint since I noticed on some of these models. They had I'd say 95% identical bodies on them. Same keys, same foot keys, same trill keys, same silver marking all saying 925. This may be just a coincidence haha, but I doubt it. Any of you realize this?

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Re: Brio!, Avanti, Sonare, etc.    09:00 on Saturday, November 28, 2009 Vote for this post Vote against this post 0 votes

silverflutist
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The sound you can produce from each flute is what counts. I tried a Sonore and an Avanti recently. I loved the look of the rose gold on the Sonore but it was not as playable to me as the Avanti. I don't know about the Brio, but I do know it is made by the Gemeinhardt company, and so that turned me off.

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Re: Brio!, Avanti, Sonare, etc.    23:17 on Saturday, November 28, 2009 Vote for this post Vote against this post 0 votes

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But if it's the sound that counts then why would Gemeinhardt turn you off, since the Brio! has the same body as all the others, and a head joint that is made by "Dana Sheridan." I believe this is very poor manufacturing, on all the companies behalves, and I am very disappointed.

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Re: Brio!, Avanti, Sonare, etc.    23:38 on Saturday, November 28, 2009 Vote for this post Vote against this post 0 votes

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I did not notice them being identical when trying them out for myself. The Avanti is made in the USA in a completely different factory than Brio! or Sonare. Even if they look similar in design, they won't be. The Brio has a little different pointed key cup design than the Sonare last time I checked. Correct me if I am wrong, but you really can't say they are identical in design with the naked eye. It would require you to take them apart completely and do some measurements. I plan on buying an Avanti soon just to use as a backup for a while. I thought that I wanted to get a Sonare, but after servicing one of the older ones, I said forget it! I thought their newer ones sounded and played better, but if their medal is as soft as their older ones, then I wouldn't touch one! The mechanism could bend just like butter!



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Re: Brio!, Avanti, Sonare, etc.    16:54 on Monday, November 30, 2009 Vote for this post Vote against this post 0 votes

silverflutist
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I agree that you really can't tell just by "looking" that they are identical. As I stated before, the differences emerge upon the playing. I really struggled with my Gemeinhardt. It rarely played in tune, and I spent most of my practice time trying to change the direction and intensity of my air stream to compensate. When cold it was flat, when warm it was sharp as a razor. Sometimes I had to pull the headjoint so far out that I was worried it would fall off the body. Needless to say, for just me personally I would not want to buy an expensive product the is connected to Gemeinhardt. Just had a bad experience and have developed a bias. I don't think I am missing anything buy avoiding that company. There are plenty of others to choose from.

   

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