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High E facilitator

#5
I often think about having this done to mine....even though E3 isn't really a problem for me.
Any con's to this procedure ? Intonation ?
Does it mess up certain trills/tremolos ?
 

Merlin

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#7
The high E facilitator is sold by J.L. Smith in both aluminum and delrin plastic. They are sold by the size of the tonehole. The only negative I have heard about the "donuts" is that they help but are not as good as the split G key in producing an easy to play high E.

http://www.jlsmithco.com/E-FAC/HIGH-E-FACILITATOR-ALUM-510


John
Nice thing about the insert is that it doesn't go out of adjustment.

I wish I'd gotten my flute with a split E and an offset G, but I'm managing OK with the donut and a finger rest to help me cope with the inline G.
 
#8
I had Jeff install one of the aluminum ones on my Yamaha flute a while back. I've since sold it, and haven't had a need for one in my Haynes. What a difference on the Yamaha though. At the time I was just learning flute because I needed it for pit orchestras, and I was having a lot of problems getting the high E's out. Overnight they were coming out clearer and with little to no double toning down to A2.
 

Groovekiller

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#9
I've installed them on flutes for pro players - mostly doublers. Yamaha flutes, which I think are very good, seem to benefit the most from the insert.
Everyone who comes to me for repairs seems to be in a hurry, so I make the inserts myself.
I was surprised at the size of the insert that I copied, but everybody likes it.
Yes, there are split E flutes that constantly go out of adjustment. I think the facilitator is a better choice. Simplicity = fewer problems.
 
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