Re: Closed vs Open Hole Flute
Posted by Flute Gal on 12/3/2019, 5:51 pm, in reply to "Closed vs Open Hole Flute"
Boehm originally designed the flute to be closed hole, but experienced players of that era sometimes had a problem (mostly mental) adapting to the closed hole after centuries of having open holes. In our time, American professionals have preferred the open hole flute, while Europeans have been more accepting of the closed hole model. The European outlook is changing due to an expansion of flute solo literature that uses techniques requiring open hole flutes. And yes, some of this literature is on the UIL Class I Solo list. |
The tuning and tone quality issues of the closed hole flute have not been proven. But what can be a difference is that manufacturing quality is ofter better on the open hole flute because it requires more artisan attention. So, what is percieved to be a problem from the closed holes is sometimes just manufacturing and design flaws.
Your situation, starting kids in 5th Grade, who can be on the small side, I think you would be okay with closed hole flutes, but you should buy the better quality instruments. You should also think about purchasing some step up flutes for your more advanced kids and give your younger ones something to look forward to.