I tried to learn more about you - but your other questions are blocked. I am a career multi-degreeed full time professional musician in NY area, since 1973 - as are DH, adult son, his wife (they are now hear Philly). If you are a student - then realize that you cannot BUY technique. I am a flutist, and my...
Best answer: I tried to learn more about you - but your other questions are blocked. I am a career multi-degreeed full time professional musician in NY area, since 1973 - as are DH, adult son, his wife (they are now hear Philly). If you are a student - then realize that you cannot BUY technique. I am a flutist, and my Muramatsu, with some extras, runs about 10 grand. I could get it in GOLD for forty grand. Zero difference in sound or key response, etc. It is just BLING, and I am making a living just fine on the one I have. I have a couple of nice expensive dress-up watches - my daily Skagen ($100?) is more reliable, actually. So if you are concerned with YOUR speed, tone, etc. - then know that the majority of it is in YOU - and the more education and experience, the better. Yes, you need a decent instruments, and eventually will have preferences, or outgrow what you own - but to spend big NOW, unless you are at a high level, recalls the old saying: "Your playing is writing checks that your skills cannot cash." Originally a sports saying - applies to all of us, too. I hope you find each instrument, along your way, that helps the most in your growth, - but YOU have to push the instrument - t does not pull you along. This is maybe my 6th flute - and as I got better, I moved up into another instrument that would allow my hard-learned skills to shine - it was never the other way around. I used to pick up good used mid-range flutes, send them to tech who would work them up when they had slow time, and then offer them at cost to local HS players, through their band director. I used to joke with them, that if they had a kid with an All-State audition coming, up, I could pre-load a flute with either the Hindemith or Prokofiev sonatas. I took some of the band directors a second to get the joke . . . yeah, we WISH it worked like that.
So no answer on the wood - just my experience on how ANYTHING on better instruments work. And beware of loony gizmos, wonky opinions, Magic Formulas, etc. Every instrument has them. They only work on the wallet of the guy selling them. Heck, the guy that Trump just appointed to acting AG had a previous job selling wacky inventions - and his company had to pay over $28 MILLION on fines for fraud.
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