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Sometimes the smallest thing can make a big difference in our lives.

I've been having problems with my alto flute slipping in my left hand. Checking around for options, it seemed to me that the Runyon flute cushions would be worth a try. Muncy Winds carries them (link below). They arrived today and what a difference it makes for me on alto flute. The instrument is significantly more stable with the Runyon cushions. This is especially noticable in the alto's high range.

http://www.muncywinds.com/product.php?productid=693&cat=6&page=1

They've made such a positive difference for me on alto that I also put a set on my soprano flute.

Roger
 

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I love it! Especially, after my repair tech checked it over and made some adjustments. It feels like the DiMedici practically plays itself. Big full low end and a responsive high end.
 

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The model I have has only a curved head joint (sterling silver). It's what I want as I can't play a straight alto flute without hurting. It's price was $1,595 at Chuck Levins in the DC area. If you do a Google search you'll find a number of on-line music shops that sell DiMedici altos. Also, if you check out the Jupiter web site you can see the different DiMedici models.
 

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I have little patches of moleskin cut off from band-aids stuck to mine. Does the exact same thing - super no-slip grip. I use it for both hands on my straight head alto.
 

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I use the moleskin, too...recently discovered the extra thick stuff and after the first few hours of playing it takes a 'set' to the shape of my thumbs and gives me added stability. Makes the flute feel like it's floating.

Also love my deMedici alto. I bought both curved and straight, but ended up returning the curved HJ as I found I can comfortably play the straight and like the way it blows better. I've been playing it so much now that soprano flutes just seem like pathetic little toys!! Any time I don't have to read music, I find I try to get away with playing the alto. Certainly more powerful for small ensemble work. Makes me wonder why altos are so rare and most music is written for soprano??
 
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