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Fliphead for Flute lets you double like a 6th grade recorder student.

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Found this and thought why work on maintaining my Flute chops?

It has been posted before but I could not resist and at $300.00 wonder if anyone is using it on their Powel flute?
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There was a hot minute when I thought I could double on flute. This gadget may have saved me!
Am i the only one thant thinks that the fliphead in the video sounds less like a flute and more like a recorder?
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There are previous discussions on this—use search. I tried one and a) it sounds like a recorder and b) it relies primarily on overblowing for octaves (like a recorder). As a long-time recorder player in early music groups who didn't yet play flute, I gave it a try, and rejected it and decided to go for the real deal and develop an actual flute embouchure on the flute headjoint. Depending on your goals, perhaps the Fliphead is worth a try, but it's quite different from real flute.
Potentially of value for a flutist whose embouchure's been badly damaged in an accident.

Otherwise, useless, and you'd be better off spending your time learning how to play transverse flute properly.
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Agree with everything about. The flipple head is exactly what it looks like - a recorder head on a flute body, thus the sound being like a recorder. There are vertical heads with a 'normal' lip plate.

vertical | flutelab

for instance. I have no affilation with site. There's a few others on the net as well.
It is, politely, a hack. The beauty of the flute is the ability to change the embouchure. I won't go into the physics unless somebody wants to hear it, but for optimum control and timbre, one should control the shape of the embouchure that produces the air jet, but more importantly, the distance from the lips to the embouchure hole striking edge, which allows control of tone color, intonation and dynamics in the second and third registers. A fipple head has a fixed air jet and distance, limiting all these parameters. This is exactly why the recorder lost out to the flute, just as the harpsichord lost out to the piano. In addition, not having a space above the embouchure hole, as the transverse flute does, means that the third octave will play way sharp. Much better to learn to play the flute correctly.
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I recently played a Renaissance concert on tenor recorder. Besides the lack of rehearsals, arrangements etc. the instrument is hard to play. Even with large hands. Especially in keys far from C or with numerous accidentals.
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