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The flute arrived today. It looks beautiful, is comfortable to hold and play, and the sound is great. I also find the size and shape of the embouchure hole perfect.
Thank you for making such amazing flutes.
I received my flute this evening and I am so delighted I can't stop smiling! The balance of the instrument is perfect compared with my hire flute, the craftsmanship is superb, and the tone is gorgeous. The notes pop out so much more easily, particularly the low D and the higher octave. I can't describe how happy I am – I really can't.
Thank you so much Martin – and thank you Eimear [classical and Irish flute player Eimear McGeown] for the advice to go with Martin.
Hi Martin !!
Thanks so much for sending such a great instrument !!! To be quite honest, I really think your weapons (meaning your lovely flutes) have been improving all the time. As you know, many of my friends and students ordered your flutes and I'm always moved with the incredible standard of your recent flutes !! (I even sometimes envied their flutes and wanted to have them !!)
The flute came today. I'm almost at a loss for words (or too many words). It will be a pleasure in getting to know it, and having it teach me. Superb intonation, warm open reediness, jewel tones, smooth top to bottom. I'm also very impressed with the structure and colour of the tone wood, and the tone colour it produces. I couldn't be happier with this flute. Suzuki's 'Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind' has been my guide for many years and like zen practice, the flute demands that I have a 'beginner's mind'. [...]
[...] Now, after trying your flute, I'm pretty speechless. It's a whole new experience of playing. I did read the testimonials on your website before ordering. Everybody was talking about the 'ease of playing' your flutes and I couldn't really believe that the experience with a Martin Doyle flute would be so much of a difference compared to other flutes. But now I totally understand what they meant. I can not believe that playing the Irish flute could be that easy. All notes are perfect in tune, there's really no effort to produce a great sound, even with very few air.
I love the flute, Martin. Maybe I should say what it is I like about it. Well, first of all it vibrates very freely without much effort of blowing. It is finely in tune with itself and the tone is rich and smooth. The keyed notes have a clarity and strength that I have not encountered before, and I think that ending the flute at the low D makes all the difference to that note. Another good point that I have noticed is that it is very easy to do breath vibrato on it. So all in all a job very well done. Congratulations. I can perhaps, appreciate more than most the work that went into making such a superior instrument, because I do a bit of woodturning myself.
The unlined timber head-joint (of Martin Doyle's flutes) with no metal tuning slide gives the flute a dynamic range which I have only ever experienced on all-timber Rudall & Rose flutes. I find that this flute allows huge possibilities for expression when playing both rhythmic dance music and slow airs. I hope many more people around the world will end up playing Martin's flutes. He is my personal favourite contemporary flute maker and general guru. I changed from a top of the range 150-year-old Besson flute to one of Martin's Celtic style flutes, which I much prefer. I only ever use the old one when I need to use keys, which is very rarely!