Here’s the cont. post I promised about trying out a new flute!
This is my current favourite! I’m keeping it to try it out more but I will recieve another Miyazawa and an Altus this week to compare with, they might not have a chance against this one but I still like to try them.
Miyazawa 375 (Solid Silver)
This was the only “second-hand” flute they sent to me. When I called the company and spoke to the guy who was responsible for the flutes about trying out a few, I asked about this one from the list. He was very nice and went to check it up and said “Oh, you can really see it’s old and used…” but he sent it to me anyway! :D
I had low expectations on it but it wasn’t as bad as I thought. (This was also the only one with covered holes I got btw) I was a little sceptic to it at first since it wasn’t as shiny as the others haha. But ohh I love it now! :3
My first impressions of it (except the old look) was that it was very comfortable to hold, though it was a bit more heavy than the others because of the material.
It was a little bit hard for me to sound the lowest and highest notes at first, but as I’ve got used to it it’s not that hard anymore. When I talked to my teacher about that in my lesson we came to the conclusion that it was simply bad techniqe skills from my side and that I have a good opportunity to work on that with the Miyazawa. The tone is soft and warm which I really really like :)
The mechanic is quiet & responsive and the key springs are even - I have problems with that on my own flute, the keys on the footjoint are really tough and it has caused me some pain in my pinkyfinger at some times when I’ve practiced a lot.
On the minus side there are a few problems that could be fixed. It certainly needs a bit of renovation. It would absolutley just make it even better!
The headjoint is very loose and this makes it hard to tune - I have markings on my Yamaha to see that the bodyparts are joint together straight, but the Miyazawa doesn’t have those so I had to learn how to do it without those, hah. Then when I tune the Miyazawa and get it right it might not be in line and I have to screw it even more and then it easily slips out of tune again… also I had it on my flutestand the other day and wanted to practice, so I grabbed it around the headjoint to pick it up as usually do (I know I should grab it at the joint between head and body) - what I got was a headjoint and the rest of the flute was still on the stand…
I took it to my lesson two weeks ago and my teacher had a look at it. She had a good look on the pads and showed me since I hadn’t looked at them in more detail - and they are in big need of being changed, a few of them are about to crack :/ it made sense to why some tones were more “fizzy” than others…
I also like to have it throughly polished if I buy it :3
I really really like it! :D
I took out my Yamaha the other day and it felt like a stranger. It was so lightweight and sounding in the mechanic… but it’s about 9 years old… and still very good anyway, it serves very well as a beginners flute :)