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#1 2015-01-07 10:06:59

JR Haube
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Naturally deformed semi-circle bottom hole

What are the implications, if any, for a flute with an odd shaped bottom hole, such as this one made by Dan Shinku? See: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WD5PCc9Kwzc. I've watched or listened to all his flute demo videos, and actually like the sound of this one slightly more than the others. Not sure if the irregularity if the hole has anything to do with it; it may just be how he is playing. Also, if anyone can translate what he says at the beginning, I'd be interested to know.


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#2 2015-01-08 16:18:27

Mujitsu
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Re: Naturally deformed semi-circle bottom hole

JR Haube wrote:

What are the implications, if any, for a flute with an odd shaped bottom hole, such as this one made by Dan Shinku? See: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WD5PCc9Kwzc.

My guess is that the shape was an aesthetic decision based on the bore and external shape of the bamboo. I don't know if there is an influence on tone on some level. In practice, it has been my experience that as long as the total area of the opening is equal, different shapes (within practical reason) have little, if any, recognizable influence.

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#3 2015-01-09 10:46:45

Yungflutes
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Re: Naturally deformed semi-circle bottom hole

Mujitsu wrote:

JR Haube wrote:

What are the implications, if any, for a flute with an odd shaped bottom hole, such as this one made by Dan Shinku? See: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WD5PCc9Kwzc.

My guess is that the shape was an aesthetic decision based on the bore and external shape of the bamboo. I don't know if there is an influence on tone on some level. In practice, it has been my experience that as long as the total area of the opening is equal, different shapes (within practical reason) have little, if any, recognizable influence.

I concur with Ken! The only thing is if the corners were hard, then there may be some turbulence while the sound exits.


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