Post by ladysapphire on Jun 17, 2012 11:18:47 GMT -5
The flute, I don't think is *exactly* to scale-- and yes real flutes break down into three pieces but from a practical and manufacturing standpoint that's just too much of a hassle to really work. The post stated above is correct--some intermediate level and all high end professional level flutes are kept in handleless cases with a soft, sheepskin lined cover.
The book included is an EXACT copy of the Essential Elements book I started on in Texas schools in 1994, down to the melodies on the pages-- it's an old standard and honestly I would have paid the asking price of the set for this book alone. The fingering chart is also accurate.
the first post the critiques the lack of buttons and sound. First off, they are "keys" and for the workmanship required to make a flute with real moving keys that is AG sized, they would have to charge a LOT more for it. The keywork mechanisms are small to begin with on normal size flutes--there is simply no way for those screws (some of them only several millimeters wide) and pins to translate onto dolly level play. Perhaps they could have made one moving part where all the keys could move up and down as a unit at once but again, the cost and logistics would prevent that.
The stand looks just like the Wenger and Manhasset stands that I have in my home for daily practice.
Overall I am thrilled with this set and it is one of the best AG purchases I have ever made. The only way I could think to improve upon it would be to include holders so that the doll could hold the flute vertically (like she was walking onstage.) Holding is as you would play it isn't going to work since the dolls' elbows aren't jointed, and that's rather important for holding the flute.