I am so excited and happy to announce the arrival of my panflute!! Because I play silver flute in a youth orchestra it is not hard for me to play, however, I still have yet to master the half steps in the lower octave. This magnificent instrument was purchased from Hawaii, hand crafted by Brad White, a pan flute musician himself as well as teacher.
I cannot say enough about his professionalism and the way he conducts his panflute shop. My pan flute is of excellent quality, crafted from durable Maple wood (beautiful too!) and complete with an inlay band. I am so excited to be learning it and cannot wait to be good enough to be able to play most songs on it. It, being a Grand Tenor, has the range of my orchestral silver flute, and I like that. I can reach middle C and go three full octaves up to the third c with some clarity.
I hadn't experienced dizziness since I first picked up my silver Pearl (well, actually, I learned on a Laval) but I'm convinced the panflute requires much more air support than does any metal pipe. I love the earthy, ethereal sound the vibrating wood gives off and quite prefer it to my silver flute, although I still treasure it as well. However, the more flutes the merrier. They are like my other voices...my second and third sets of vocal chords. If you think I can't sing...well, let me get my flute.
Just because you don't have a voice like so and so doesn't mean you can't sing. At least, that's the way I feel about it. Anyway, if you're in the United States, or anywhere in the world for that matter, and are interested in pan flutes, visit Brad White's pan flute shop. Not only does he sell them there but he also offers helpful resources for the aspiring musician. http://panflute.net/
Please comment if you have any good or even better ideas. And don't forget to check out my new page "Pyromail" Now...I've spent all this time blogging when I could have been practising.