How do you care for a Choroi flute?
Basic care, (can also be done by the pupil):
- Put a few drops of flute oil on an extra flute wiper with paper or cloth and wipe it through the flute tube. The teacher should have a separate oil wiper (with a strip of cloth soaked in oil) which can be passed around to oil the flute tube. The normal flute wiper is meant to absorb moisture when wiping and should therefore remain free of oil.
- Put a drop of oil in the channel (Only for Choroi flutes!) and blow it through the opening, covering the soundhole with your index finger.
- Put one or two drops of oil in the palm of your hands and rub the flute.
- Apart from the special Choroi flute oil, jojoba oil available in pharmacies or drugstores can also be used for oiling. Do not use oil which leaves a dry residue, as this will clog the blowhole!
- It is important to ensure that the small movable tone block is always attached in the correct position. (The newer Quinta model no longer has a separate tone block, this is integrated into the labium)
How to prepare a new Choroi-Flute for playing?
Preparing a new Choroi flute
- Oil the flute in the blowhole and resonance tube, use only Choroi-fluteoil, or pure Jojoba oil
- In the first one to two weeks, play for a maximum of 15 minutes a day.
- In the next two to four weeks, play for about 30 minutes.
After each playing
- Blow through the moisture in the air channel with short, strong breaths. Close the sound hole with the tip of your index finger.
- Wipe the mouthpiece dry with your thumb.
- Wipe out the flute tube with the flute wiper.
What makes the Choroi-Flute so special?The Choroi flute has a small round labium, which gives the flute a very soft and flexible sound. This soft and spacious sound makes the flute very suitable for playing together in larger groups. The traditional recorder was developed for solo and small ensemble playing, the Choroi flute was developed as a school flute, but has also proven its beauty in playing together with other subtle instruments.
What is the difference between a=440Hz and a=432HzThe Choroi flute is available in two pitches: a=440Hz and a=432Hz. The difference in pitch is very small, a=432 is about a quarter tone lower. The a=432 pitch sounds a bit warmer and calmer and is therefore often used in music therapy. Instruments in this a=432 pitch cannot be played together with instruments in the usual a=440 pitch only with other a=432 Hz instruments!