"In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice, there is." (Yogi Berra)
(1) CANADIAN MUSICIAN MAGAZINE - ARTICLE RE: "OBLIGATO"
An article of mine is appearing in the current edition of Canadian Musician Magazine regarding obligato (entitled "Obligato Behind!…Obligato Upfront!…")
You can track this article down in the Woodwinds Column of the January/February issue, or you can simply have a look at the original draft below (…which is just two short pages!…)
(2) JIM SCHMIDT’S AMAZING GOLD FLUTE PADS (…FOR SAXOPHONES TOO!…)
I recently had one of my vintage Wm. S. Haynes flutes repadded with Jim Schmidt's gold pads. And wow!...I mean, WOW!…These gold pads have transformed and "turbocharged" my vintage Haynes instrument in the most astonishing and amazing way imaginable. (Jim Schmidt makes these pads for saxophones as well.)
People have been asking me how these pads affect the performance of my Haynes instrument. Well, broadly speaking, they give the instrument much more resonance and life. The flute responds lightening fast, especially over big intervals which now have really clean edges. And the bottom end of the instrument really pops out. I also really like the way the instrument responds when articulating. In short, everything is easier…and better...with these amazing pads!
And if the job is done right, then the instrument remains stable and reliable…for years!...
Needless to say, I am really, REALLY happy with what is essentially a fantastic "new" instrument!
…Thanks to my tech, Mike Filice, who did such an excellent job on the installation too…