Native American Flutes

Susie
@susie
2 weeks ago
259 posts

The Madrone Magic flutes at High Spirits are beautiful and sound wonderful. 

Terry Wilson
@terry-wilson
one month ago
208 posts
Hi folks
Due to health reasons, I have my NAF collection listed for sale in the classifieds section. If you will look carefully, this is an awesome buy. All flutes are sanitized.
The LoCo flute is as good or better than the HS flutes.

Also including for free a great instruction book and a wonderful Ocarina.
Susie
@susie
2 months ago
259 posts

Beautiful collection of flutes, Monica. I do think I'm all set though. I've got the variety I want and now I'm just going to keep working on techniques, and voices, and learning to play cleaner and faster. I'm playing a lot of written music, which is fun. I've actually transposed quite a few of my written music pieces into keys of A and E, so I can play them. Plus, I'm playing with my sister. Thanks for sharing your picture of your flutes, they are beautiful.

Monica
@monica
2 months ago
80 posts

Susie: Ok, I'm done. Got the bases covered, and I'm having fun. Plus, all the spaces are filled.

I have been playing less than a year, and not everyday at that..I have also traded a couple of flutes with other people.

Susie I thought after 2 I was done..never say never!!!! You have to try other flute makers.

 

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Susie
@susie
2 months ago
259 posts
Ok, I'm done. Got the bases covered, and I'm having fun. Plus, all the spaces are filled.
Susie
@susie
2 months ago
259 posts

Monica:

The next step after condor bass are the Drones. Though I recommend starting with the smaller holes as blowing into 2 chambers is quite the challenge and takes practice, the smaller one is a B minor made by a Canadian (Templewindflutes)and the large on Is a G# . It arrived 2 days ago all the way from Australia (MagicWoodworks)

Wow, those are beautiful Monica! 

Actually, I have a double flute that my friend gave me that is the V type, in the key of F#. It was made by a fellow in Michigan and has wonderful intonation, tone and craftsmanship. She wasn't using it, so she generously gave it to me. It's been fun to mess around with. 

Monica
@monica
2 months ago
80 posts

The next step after condor bass are the Drones. Though I recommend starting with the smaller holes as blowing into 2 chambers is quite the challenge and takes practice, the smaller one is a B minor made by a Canadian (Templewindflutes)and the large on Is a G# . It arrived 2 days ago all the way from Australia (MagicWoodworks)

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Susie
@susie
2 months ago
259 posts

Susie:

My HS Em Condor Bass in Spanish Cedar arrives on Monday. flute

I went with cedar, because I have a mid-tone G in cedar, and I love its tone. I have a couple walnut flutes already.

Well, it arrived 3 days late, since the post office decided to send it on a wild journey to an incorrect post office (it was correctly addressed). It got about 650 extra miles on it, but finally arrived today. I love the flute, wood, and tone. Thanks for everyone's help. Happy camper! joyjoy


updated by @susie: 03/09/17 02:17:25PM
Monica
@monica
2 months ago
80 posts

Congratulations Susie, While I don't have a high spirits Em. I have the maple from Ancient territories..if I had to grab just one flute It would be that Em. 

Susie
@susie
2 months ago
259 posts

My HS Em Condor Bass in Spanish Cedar arrives on Monday. flute

I went with cedar, because I have a mid-tone G in cedar, and I love its tone. I have a couple walnut flutes already.


updated by @susie: 03/04/17 05:51:25PM
Jennifer Brutschy
@jennifer-brutschy
2 months ago
57 posts

Monica, Thank you for your input.  A condor bass is near the top of my list when I'm ready to buy again.  Right now, I need to go on a flute diet!  Flutes seem to be following  me home or arriving on my doorstep like stray cats.

Susie
@susie
2 months ago
259 posts

John Keane:
Susie:

 

 

John, I'm not considering the contra, just the condor bass Em. Just can't decide between the standard bore and the 1" bore. But, it sounds like the standard bore would be just fine for me. Do you guys have a standard bore condor (not contra) bass?

 

We have "regular" Condor basses in various keys (even the smaller bore size).  Once you get used to the extra stretch beyond a smaller flute stretch it's really no big deal.  Have fun and enjoy the process!


Thanks for the insight John!!!

Monica
@monica
2 months ago
80 posts

Jennifer, I don't have an Em from high spirits, but I think they are about the same size, I have one from Ancient territories, it's maple and the holes are smaller but the spacing is the same, Em is my favourite key..they're all great!!

As for Wood I have a condor bass Cm in walnut. really nice

Jennifer Brutschy
@jennifer-brutschy
2 months ago
57 posts

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.

John Keane
@john-keane
2 months ago
253 posts

Susie:

 

 

John, I'm not considering the contra, just the condor bass Em. Just can't decide between the standard bore and the 1" bore. But, it sounds like the standard bore would be just fine for me. Do you guys have a standard bore condor (not contra) bass?

 

We have "regular" Condor basses in various keys (even the smaller bore size).  Once you get used to the extra stretch beyond a smaller flute stretch it's really no big deal.  Have fun and enjoy the process!

Susie
@susie
2 months ago
259 posts

Thanks Monica!

Monica
@monica
2 months ago
80 posts

Susie I bought mine here..considerably less, but you may have to wait a few weeks for them to order it.

http://www.grothmusic.com/c-497-native-american-flutes.aspx

Susie
@susie
2 months ago
259 posts

Thanks Monica! And also to  Maria and John. Your insights really helped! Now I'll decide on timing. Gotta wait and see what's on sale in March. happys

Monica
@monica
2 months ago
80 posts

Hi Susie , its about 1 and 3/4..It's very easy and comfortable to hold.I really believe you will be able to play it with ease considering your musical experience and height

Susie
@susie
2 months ago
259 posts

Thanks Monica and John. Very nice videos. 

John, I'm not considering the contra, just the condor bass Em. Just can't decide between the standard bore and the 1" bore. But, it sounds like the standard bore would be just fine for me. Do you guys have a standard bore condor (not contra) bass?

Monica, sounds like you are handling it without issue. Did you remeasure the outside diameter (1.2" didn't seem right to me)? Thanks.

John Keane
@john-keane
2 months ago
253 posts

The only thing that I would caution about would be a Condor Contra Bass flute.  My wife (Karen) has been a professional flute player and teacher since the 1980s.  The holes are so large that her fingers go straight into them without stopping to seal the holes.  The spread between the holes can also be a challenge for people with smaller hands.  I haven't run into many folks who have this problem with the regular Condor Bass series, but I know that some like the smaller bore better for comfort reasons.  Here's a video that starts with me using the contra bass.  You'll probably be able to tell that I'm working pretty hard to manage the beast, but they have such a wonderful low voice. 

Monica
@monica
2 months ago
80 posts

I say try the larger size, no squawking and fuller deeper tone..I am 5.3'..and have skinny fingers and have no problem at all..you can always return /exchange if it doesn't work for you. 

I am playing the condor bass C in this video..which if anything is slightly larger than the D

 

Susie
@susie
2 months ago
259 posts

Thanks Monica. That outside measurement (1.2") seems like the same as the outside measurement of those with the 1" bore......1.25". I'm talking the outside of the wood. Is it really 1.2" for the standard condor bass?

Thanks for the pics and info. Now I can't decide between the standard bore (will have to confirm measurements) and the 1" bore like Maria's.

Monica
@monica
2 months ago
80 posts

Susie the outside measures over 1.2.   I recommend the larger bore it has a fuller deeper sound . I am a small person and I have no problem. The condor bass D is aromatic Cedar and the Bass C is walnut. I also have a condor bass B that is spanish cedar ..it's a lot more challenging to play the holes are larger and further apart..but doable. I also recommend you check out Ancient Territories I have a couple of his flutes..beautiful craftsmanship and sound.in the photos starting from the left High spirits Condor bass B,C,D , Gm and Em 432 from atflutes.com


updated by @monica: 02/21/17 01:50:47PM
Susie
@susie
2 months ago
259 posts

Monica, what is the outside diameter of your HS bass flutes? I know it's 1 1/4" for the 1" bore flutes. Was curious how they compare. I'm tall, have pretty good size hands and have 43 years experience playing stringed instruments. So I'm thinking I could handle the bass flute size (even the non-1" bore). Sounds like you have no problem with the size. What woods are yours?

Monica
@monica
2 months ago
80 posts

I have the condor bass D and C, not the 1" bore however. I have no problems playing them, infact they play with ease and sound beautiful. The larger bore has no squawking but I do have squawking with the smaller bore flutes( Gm, F#) from high spirits.


updated by @monica: 02/21/17 10:56:20AM
Susie
@susie
2 months ago
259 posts

Thanks Maria. I'm thinking seriously about the 1" bore Em flute (walnut). I love the low tones and this would fit nicely into my mix. 

sleepingangel
@sleepingangel
2 months ago
110 posts

[quote="Susie"]

Has anyone purchased a bass tone flute or more specifically, a HS 1" bore bass tone flute?

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Yup Suzie. I have their Dm and Em 1 inch bore flutes. I love both of them but the Dm took me much longer to be able to play without squawking. I was silly and it was only my 2nd flute after the Jonah Thompson Am that I learned on...but now after 10 months of playing the NA flute I can play it just like the others. Both of mine are in Walnut as they are much more durable (and I seem to always whack my instruments onto something lol)

Good luck

Maria

Susie
@susie
2 months ago
259 posts

Has anyone purchased a bass tone flute or more specifically, a HS 1" bore bass tone flute?

Susie
@susie
5 months ago
259 posts

I've got their single hard case. Real nice....it protects the flutes very well. I took the case and 3 flutes to Mackinac Island for the inaugural trip. Nice shoulder strap too for the hiking we did. 

sleepingangel
@sleepingangel
5 months ago
110 posts

I just ordered the large hard case from high spirits with the 25 Percent off and free shipping on orders over 100 it was worth it. (I ordered three of his spiral bound music books/cd to make the 100) and I'm so exited for it to come. They say depending on the flutes it could hold about 6 flutes 

take care and enjoy playing 

Susie
@susie
5 months ago
259 posts

Have fun Jennifer!

Jennifer Brutschy
@jennifer-brutschy
5 months ago
57 posts

I'm going to a NAF gathering today and am taking all three flutes since I don't know what key we'll be playing in.  Trouble is, I only have two bags.  But at the last moment, I thought of my fold-up "Stateline" music stand bag.  It works perfectly!

Susie
@susie
5 months ago
259 posts

Blondie, I saw those. Looks like a great deal. I'm all set for now. Good luck, they should go quickly.

Blondie
@blondie
5 months ago
10 posts

FYI, I would like to direct you to the 'for sale' part of this site. I have two lovely High Spirits Flutes for sale.

Thanks!

Blondie

sleepingangel
@sleepingangel
5 months ago
110 posts

Susie:

So cool, congrats Maria!

thanks so much Susie!!

Take care

Maria

Susie
@susie
5 months ago
259 posts

So cool, congrats Maria!

sleepingangel
@sleepingangel
5 months ago
110 posts

Oh that it is sooooo addicting!!

Hey I'm really excited because High Spirits tweeted about my video that I did using my HS Drone and my Synth and Kalimba!!

take care everyone!

Maria

 

 https://twitter.com/HighSpiritFlute/status/800718055718326272

Caleb Dan Bennett
@caleb-dan-bennett
5 months ago
20 posts

You can't have too many flutes I say! lol

Susie
@susie
5 months ago
259 posts

I ordered the high G in aromatic cedar as soon as I got the sale email from HS. Turns out, my sister also ordered a high F# in birch.

 


updated by @susie: 11/21/16 10:36:57AM
sleepingangel
@sleepingangel
5 months ago
110 posts

Susie:

I played my sister's HS pocket flute (G, in aromatic cedar). It was a really cool little flute with a nice voice. It sounded great with the G mid-tone. Now I want one. wasntme 

Then Susie, here's your perfect time to get one!! they are on sale for THIS week. 25 percent off all the flutes!

Let me know if you get one. I ordered mine!! 

Take care

Maria

Susie
@susie
5 months ago
259 posts

25% off currently at High Spirits.

Susie
@susie
6 months ago
259 posts

Yes, a lot less. The two were beautiful together. I have a mid-tone G, as well as my sister. I think for the price. I'll just have to get one. thumbsup

Jennifer Brutschy
@jennifer-brutschy
6 months ago
57 posts

That must have been fun to play together.  I watched a YT video in which someone used both a high and a mid-range flute in the same piece.  It didn't show her playin, only background scenery, so I couldn't see when she switched, but it was done effortlessly.  Got me to thinking of ways a higher tned flute could be put to use.

And they cost a lot less than the low flutes!

Susie
@susie
6 months ago
259 posts

I played my sister's HS pocket flute (G, in aromatic cedar). It was a really cool little flute with a nice voice. It sounded great with the G mid-tone. Now I want one. wasntme 

Susie
@susie
6 months ago
259 posts

Excellent!

Jennifer Brutschy
@jennifer-brutschy
6 months ago
57 posts

I love it, Susie.  It's less resonant than my HS Sparrow Hawk but has a kind of plaintive sound that I assume is due to the pine.  The HS is aromatic cedar, and both are in Am.

Susie
@susie
6 months ago
259 posts

Jennifer, very cute! How does it sound?

Jennifer Brutschy
@jennifer-brutschy
6 months ago
57 posts

My Sparrow Hawk has a new baby brother!  Meet Jonah Thompson, also in A.

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Jennifer Brutschy
@jennifer-brutschy
7 months ago
57 posts

Interesting and very much worth considering for my next flute.

Lovely dulcimer playing!

Monica
@monica
7 months ago
80 posts

I have two Em flutes The ancient territories along with the Fm from the same maker are both tuned to 432. I can't prove with any certainty if in any tangible way there is a difference. But I do feel more peaceful after playing them. As if I just meditated or the way I feel after doing yoga, and they are the two I pick up to play everyday. As for playing along with other instruments.No problem, I simply tuned my dulcimer to 432, you can do the same with any stringed instrument. I tuned my dulcimer here to 432.

youtube.com/watch?v=thralBdwnU4


updated by @monica: 10/09/16 06:07:51AM
Jennifer Brutschy
@jennifer-brutschy
7 months ago
57 posts

Monica, is the difference between 440hz and 432hz noticeable?  I know you can't play the two together, but wondered if the difference is worth the price and if so, why.  

Susie
@susie
7 months ago
259 posts

Thanks Monica, that's good to know. 

Monica
@monica
7 months ago
80 posts

Susie, It is surprisingly easy to play. It's the standard size .The top four holes are large but the reach is the same as my Em from atflute.com.Since I had the Em for a while It prepared me for the Low D. I had to return the Butch Hall Dm...it was impossible to play.

Once you have settled in with your F#. I do recommend the Condor bass flutes, E and D are very special. more meditative. The Em and Fm flutes I have are tuned to 432hrz. My next flute is the condor bass C....never say no more :)

the craftsmanship  and playability of John Stillwell's flutes is superb. here are the 3 from him


updated by @monica: 10/08/16 04:52:33PM
Susie
@susie
7 months ago
259 posts

Monica, thanks, those bass flutes are intriguing, how does it play/sound?

Strumelia, thanks!

Strumelia
@strumelia
7 months ago
1,733 posts

Susie, your new flute is beautiful.

All these flutes are like works of art, really.




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Monica
@monica
7 months ago
80 posts

Beautiful Flutes Susie, I recently got a Condor bass D from High Spirits. I love it.

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Monica
@monica
7 months ago
80 posts

Thanks Jennifer, the the horse head totem was made by George Dyson it's a river cane flute in the key of Em.He takes custom requests for any kind of animal fetish (totem). The short flat one is a Drone Flute in the key of Bm, it was made by Templewindflutes.com here in Canada. ..In the USA Kenny King also makes Drones..well there are many flute makers that make them. I also have 3 flutes from Ancient Territories flutes..my favourites.

Susie
@susie
7 months ago
259 posts

Monica, your flutes are beautiful! 

Strumelia, with guitar as my main instrument (have 6), and next my dulcimers (have 6), I'm trying to be reasonable with the NAF's. So, 3 will do it for now. But you're right, never say never.wasntme

Lexie, here's a pic.


updated by @susie: 10/08/16 03:59:56PM
 
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