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    Default Has anyone tried a flute from Antigua? Any good?

    I know Antigua makes some good saxes but how are they doing in the flute department? How does it play against a Yamaha?
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    Default Re: Has anyone tried a flute from Antigua? Any good?

    Quote Originally Posted by rayyip View Post
    I know Antigua makes some good saxes but how are they doing in the flute department? How does it play against a Yamaha?
    Hmm. Often in this forum instruments are evaluated only by the way they play (when they are going well). Another issue is how stable they are at playing well. In my little black book, I have written next to Antigua saxes, having worked on 6 of them (2 x LA..., an ST..., a KS..., and an LSA... in serial numbers.):


    • Good factory adjustment.
    • Level tone holes. (i.e. the metal)


    But

    • Lacquer on tone hole edges (contributing to irregular levelness. Like student Yamaha)
    • Very soft key metal; (Hence of doubtful suitablity for kids. C.f. Yamaha: very strong, i.e. in their student saxes.)
    • Poor cork glue. (Expensive on-going servicing)
    • Corrosion developing on tone holes edges. (I suspect a corrosive tanning agent still in the pads)
    • Thick linkage corks. (Hence unstable adjustments.)
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    Default Re: Has anyone tried a flute from Antigua? Any good?

    I played an Antigua once. It was decent and played with a clear tone, but the metal in the mechanism felt a bit cheap. I would take the Yamaha in this situation because of intonation and quality. If you are looking for a new flute, be sure to try a Jupiter. They are great flutes at a great price. Of course I cannot make any decisions for you so I will just suggest that you try out a bunch of them and see which one you like best. It all comes down to personal preference.

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