High E facilitator

Discussion in 'The Flute Family: Equipment' started by Merlin, Mar 12, 2008.

  1. Merlin

    Merlin Content Expert/Moderator Staff Member CE/Moderator

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    I just had Kevin Rohm, head tech at Cosmo Music install a high E facilitator, or donut, in my flute.

    It's an amazing improvement!

    Anyone else tried one of these?
     
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    Not here, but I'd like to see a picture if that's allowed. :cool:
     
  3. Merlin

    Merlin Content Expert/Moderator Staff Member CE/Moderator

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    No worries, it's not like I play that high very much. But maybe someday. Right now it's all about the saxes. :D
     
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    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 ?
     
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    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
     
  7. Merlin

    Merlin Content Expert/Moderator Staff Member CE/Moderator

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    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. saxplayer1004

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    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.
     
  9. Groovekiller

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    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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