i used to play the flute when i was younger.
i played on a sankyo silver flute, though i do not remember which model exactly i had.
sankyo flutes manufacturing company is a japanese flute maker established in 1968, half a century ago at the time of writing.
i first played the flute when i was eight years old at home as my father was an amateur flautist, and had a private teacher since the age of nine.
when i had my first lesson with my teacher, she was wowed by my flute.
it was definitely not for a beginner, rather it was an intermediate/semi-professional flute to which my father gifted.
i really enjoyed playing the flute for a few years.
but as i focused on my academic study at school, i had little time to play the flute.
my school was not the right place to take music seriously.
i could have kept playing the flute in my spare time, but i had so many other things that occupied my life at that time.
i stopped playing the flute for nearly a decade.
however i always enjoy listening to music, especially classical, and i have recently decided to start playing the flute once again.
i just thought as i finished my study at university, i wanted something else to focus on, other than my work.
so i decided to get one, but there is a problem.
i am allergic to some metals, or so i thought as i had allergic reactions on my chin when i was younger.
i needed to get a metal allergic test.
i could choose either a blood test or a metal patch skin test, and opted for the latter.
here are a couple of pictures if you are curious.
those may be unpleasant for you. you have been warned.
[warning: graphic content] pictures of the metal allergic patch test
the bottom picture is the result.
i have found out what metals i am allergic to.
on the one hand, i am glad that i could know what metals to choose and what to avoid.
on the other hand, this means that i can only choose a pure silver, gold, or non-metal flute.
if i only have allergic reactions on my chin, i could choose a head joint or a lip plate and possibly a riser made of one of those materials mentioned above.
but i am not sure if i will have allergic reactions on my hands.
it would be best if i avoid any contact with metals i am allergic to.
gold flutes (5k, 10k, 14k, 18k, 24k) are beyond my budget, so options for me are either a pure silver or a wooden flute.
i see a wooden flute is a ‘step-up’ flute.
granadilla is often used for wooden flutes, and those flutes have lovely mellow timbre that i love.
it can crack so special care is needed.
moisturising with oil, playing just a little bit at the beginning especially if it is brand new and gradually longer, maintain well in a controlled temperature and humidity environment and so forth.
considering so much care, i would need a silver flute first.
next step is choosing a flute!