Barry SCHWARTZ (Barijo ŜVARC) (chemoelectric) wrote,

The weight of the Casey Burns Folk Flute

Casey says those flutes weigh between 8 and 8.5 ounces. So I got out a cheap letter scale and my heaviest instruments, both of which are uncomfortable to hold up. My plastic Yamaha alto recorder weighs 6 ounces and my Tipple drain pipe flute weighs about 5.5 ounces. I expected wood to weigh more than drain pipe, what are you gonna do? At least a flute doesn’t have to sit on my troublesome right thumb, like a recorder does. I noticed something interesting, though, which is that the finger holes on the recorder no longer feel too far apart; in other words, straining to try to play a six-hole D flute has been more work than I realized, so that now what seemed difficult on a recorder seems easy.

I had a similar experience once with clarinet, where I had played with a broken reed for so long that, when I managed to bum a stiff reed off of a really good player, I was shocked how easy it was to play with that reed.

(If I had been Lisa Simpson I would have gotten a reed from the parental unit, as one ought to, but the parental unit would show up too late and I would be humiliated. BTW my uncle discovered not only that I had rendered his clarinet unplayable, which I had explained already, but also that it was a piece of crap in the first place. It was too heavy for a kid, regardless; I think it was made of wood-finished depleted uranium. Get your kid one of those plastic instruments, they are actually better than uranium. :)

Anyway, I needed to know the weight, and the weight is not good, but also I learned just how much trouble spreading my fingers is causing me, so that a small-handed flute may more than make up the difference. The only way to know is to try, but I haven’t spent that much before on an instrument. (And my birthday is coming up.)

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