© 2012 Ugly Boy Flutes by Bob Child
NEWS AND UPDATES:  June 20, 2017 (links to all flutes at bottom of page - all pics enlarge when clicked) After a hibernation of sorts (due to taking on a provisional full time teaching assignment in January), new ‘kids’ are coming out.  This first ‘nursery’ has a nice range of woods and keys.  Some are still getting finish coats, and once I reach the 90% stage I’ll finalize the tuning for sound samples.  Keep checking back for updates therein. Too, I’m well aware that over the past couple of years, this website has taken on some quirks in terms of displaying properly, and I’m slowly transferring over to an update version of my software.  Bear with me as I may make some pages rather plain until I can fix some of the worst issues. From lowest to highest are descriptions of new flutes for adoption: D3 in plain Redwood....this is a massive flute, and hopefully will turn out successfully like a prototype I made, now in Charlotte.  Not for the small of hands... E4 Verdi - Quilted Maple, meditative voice tuned to A432 (ET), with a beautiful curly Walnut block. F4 - Stunning Curly Maple with a curly Walnut block like the E4V above. G4 - Camphor wood, shimmery and yellowish, with Flame Box Elder block.  For no known good reason, I rarely produce G4s, so this one is unique not just in wood! A4 - Reclaimed Dogwood.  Bright voice typical of dense, hard wood. Figured Maple block. Bb4 - Figured Chechen, Rosewood block, bright and bouncy. So, if something strikes your fancy, drop me an email for dibs until I can get the pics and samples done for you to consider.  Prices TBA at this moment....
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Keys:  F4? D5? B3?   Simple, really...read on
Most people can identify ‘middle C’ on a piano...and most people know what an octave is.  Though a full piano keyboard doesn’t start on a C, it has become accepted practice to use C as a starting point, C to B being that particular octave.  Go one note up to C and that C starts the next octave.  Basically, the number after the key-letter is simply the octave range for the flute...”4” is an octave lower than “5”, and one octave higher than “3”. I build flutes from D3 (44” long) up through C6 (<12” long), so it greatly helps me corral my wide range of keys; too, it gets confusing when words like bass, low, high, etc. are used.  Take A4, for example....some call that ‘high A’, but some of us build A5 flutes, and that’s ‘high’....or is it ‘ultra-high’? The number pegs the flute perfectly.  The most common woodlands flute key is the G or F#, which is the G4 or F#4 octave.  A few more sample references are on the graphic above.  Any questions?  Shoot me an email.  :-)
Bob Child   weatherflute @ yahoo.com 
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