I tried out my flute teacher's HS Condor base Em (regular sized, not the 1" bore) and found it surprisingly easy to play though my hands are on the small side. The cedar sounded a bit wispy to me, however, and not as full as I want for a lower flute, though I LOVE my Jonah Thompson F# in cedar.
Two questions: 1) Would the Em in walnut produce a fuller sound, or would it sound too bright for a low, soulful flute? And, 2) is the fingering on the Condor base Dm similar to the Em, or is it more difficult to play. I'd prefer D to E, but am concerned about finger reach and distance to the first hole. I don't really want the smaller bore in either key of the Condor base.
Such good info on this forum. Thank you, everyone, for all the good advice.