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Which Flute Brand is Your Favorite? (Poll)    10:18 on Monday, March 28, 2011 Vote for this post Vote against this post 0 votes

flutefanatic
(11 points)

Brannen, Powell, Haynes, Muramatsu, Miyazawa, Nagahara, Burkhart, Sankyo, and Altus. Which is your favorite professional flute brand of the ones listed above...and why?

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Re: Which Flute Brand is Your Favorite? (Poll)    21:31 on Monday, March 28, 2011 Vote for this post Vote against this post 0 votes

cflutist
(175 points)

Wow, that is a loaded question.

Here is a list I saved from a while ago:

Andras Adorjan/Brannen/LaFin headjoint
Robert Aitken/Powell
Jeanne Baxstresser/1961 Haynes/LaFin headjoint
Willliam Bennet/Louis Lot, Altus
Philipe Bernold/Yamaha
Mathieu Dufour/Powell/LaFin headjoint
Bart Feller/Brannen
Dieter Flury/Yamaha
Benoit Fromanger/Pearl/Pearl ST-4 headjoint
Patrick Gallois/Haynes -> Yamaha -> Abell
James Galway/Muramatsu, Nagahara etc.
Severino Gazzelloni(d)/ J. Hammig
Irena Grafenauer/Yamaha
Gottfried Hechtl/Haynes -> Sankyo
Timothy Hutchins/Brannen
Trudy Kane/Muramatsu
Jeffrey Khaner/Yamaha/LaFin headjoint
William Kincaid(d)/Powell
Shigenori Kudo/Haynes -> Yamaha
Robert Langevin/Powell/Albert Cooper headjoint
Christian Larde/Yamaha
Maxence Larrieu/Powell/LaFin headjoint
Alain Marion(d)/Sankyo
Massimo Mercelli/Yamaha
Aurele Nicolet/Muramatsu/LaFin headjoint
Emmanuel Pahud/Brannen/Dana Sheridan headjoint
Michael Parloff/Brannen/David Williams headjoint
James Pellerite/Powell
Amy Porter/Muramatsu
Jean Pierre Rampal(d)/1958 Haynes->Deveau-scale Haynes
Paula Robison/Brannen
Elaine Shaeffer (d)/Powell
Christina Smith/Powell
Joshua Smith/Yamaha
Mark Sparks/Brannen
Alexa Still/Brannen/Drelinger headjoint
Sheridan Stokes/Pearl
Keith Underwood/Powell
Carol Wincenc/Burkart
Anne Zentner/Brannen/Oleg headjoint

I have a 14K Brannen (with a 14K Williams headjoint) and just love the Brögger Mekanik™ mechanism on it. It has a real buttery feeling to it. This flute puts my soldered tone-hole, handmade Haynes to shame.

<Added>

Add Maria to the list:
Marina Piccinini/Brannen/Cooper headjoint and LaFin headjoint

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Re: Which Flute Brand is Your Favorite? (Poll)    10:15 on Tuesday, March 29, 2011 Vote for this post Vote against this post 0 votes

DaveandKateplus1
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Each brand listed has their unique own quality that I like in every one. I could not pick a favorite. Sorry I do however hate Brannens. lol! JK!


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Re: Which Flute Brand is Your Favorite? (Poll)    10:37 on Tuesday, March 29, 2011 Vote for this post Vote against this post 0 votes

cflutist
(175 points)

Certainly not a scientific study but my close friends play the following:

7 Brannen (3 of them 14K)
4 Haynes
2 Powell (my two teachers played Powells)
1 Muramatsu (Platinum Clad)
1 Nagahara (14K)
1 Sankyo
1 Miyazawa

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Re: Which Flute Brand is Your Favorite? (Poll)    11:39 on Tuesday, March 29, 2011 Vote for this post Vote against this post 0 votes

DaveandKateplus1
4

I think the original poster was looking for our opinion on which brand is our fav and why. Not, who plays what brand Interesting to read however.

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Re: Which Flute Brand is Your Favorite? (Poll)    13:29 on Tuesday, March 29, 2011 Vote for this post Vote against this post 0 votes

new-york-dreamer
(19 points)

out of those i like powell, and muramatsu :D

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Re: Which Flute Brand is Your Favorite? (Poll)    15:27 on Tuesday, March 29, 2011 Vote for this post Vote against this post 0 votes

cflutist
(175 points)

Kate, very true.

However, I'm going to assume that professional flutists have the means to buy any flute they want, so that they most likely would chose their "favorite" brand (unless they are being compensated to promote a certain brand. Should mention that Brannen does not have paid "artists" but rather donates money to scholarship funds instead).

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Re: Which Flute Brand is Your Favorite? (Poll)    16:33 on Wednesday, March 30, 2011 Vote for this post Vote against this post 0 votes

Zevang
(491 points)

In order of preference, and because I own and play them:
Nagahara (headjoint)
Sankyo (principal)
Muramatsu (backup)


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Re: Which Flute Brand is Your Favorite? (Poll)    00:07 on Thursday, March 31, 2011 Vote for this post Vote against this post 0 votes

Pyrioni
(437 points)

at this moment I prefer

Sankyo (my main)

Muramatsu (my backup)

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Re: Which Flute Brand is Your Favorite? (Poll)    08:40 on Thursday, March 31, 2011 Vote for this post Vote against this post 0 votes

JButky
(657 points)

Well I'm biased, but I love the Pearls...

I'm partial to Japanese flutes, not a fan of the Boston flutes

I've played and sold Muramatsu, Sankyo, Miyazawa, Altus, etc and repaired just about everything under the sun, and I haven'f found anything that can match the tonal power and variety and smoothness of mechansim than the Pearls.

Small list of Pearl players:

Rhonda Larson, 14K
Sheridon Stokes, SS-100
Janos Balit, 14K
Benoit Frommanger, 18K
David Shostac, Gold Plated Silver Maesta
Daniela Koch, Pristine Silver

A lot of emerging new artists are switching to Pro Pearls these days,

Erin Lesser (an NFA competition winner) switched to 18K Pearl
Zachary Kellogg switched to a Champagne gold plated cantabile. (NFA showcase this summer!)
Don't forget Daniela, She won this past year's Kobe competition!

Pearl's on the rise!

Joe B



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Opps that should be Janos Balint

Pardon my typo Janos!

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Re: Which Flute Brand is Your Favorite? (Poll)    11:33 on Thursday, March 31, 2011 Vote for this post Vote against this post 1 vote

travel2165
(260 points)

Some people will not miss a single opportunity on this forum to remind us of what expensive flute they play! It gets a bit comical after a while.

And, once again, the spelling is Lafin -- not LaFin. He's not French.

Personally, I like flutes made by Arista and Hammig (especially the wood Hammigs). Most people would call these "professional" flutes although the original poster didn't list them (nor are Williams, Sheridan, Emanuel, and McKenna listed, just to name a few).

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Re: Which Flute Brand is Your Favorite? (Poll)    11:53 on Thursday, March 31, 2011 Vote for this post Vote against this post 0 votes

cflutist
(175 points)

You are correct, it is Lafin not LaFin.
Perhaps you should tell that to the person who created that list on the Internet.

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Re: Which Flute Brand is Your Favorite? (Poll)    12:31 on Thursday, March 31, 2011 Vote for this post Vote against this post 0 votes

DaveandKateplus1
4

Thank you Travel for mentioning that. I feel the same way.

Now, the one thing I will say is that I have a love for Nagahara headjoints.

And Joe, those new Pearls look very classy

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Re: Which Flute Brand is Your Favorite? (Poll)    12:40 on Thursday, March 31, 2011 Vote for this post Vote against this post 0 votes

cflutist
(175 points)

Then have a great laugh at my expense.
I saved a lifetime for my flute, and I am proud of it.
So there.

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Re: Which Flute Brand is Your Favorite? (Poll)    13:18 on Thursday, March 31, 2011 Vote for this post Vote against this post 0 votes

travel2165
(260 points)

On this forum, I mentioned the "LaFin" vs. "Lafin" issue some time ago when you first copied that list from the Internet. It's easily correctable.

   





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