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Product Reviews: Seidman Flute Stopper

£29.17 excluding VAT (UK Export and VAT Assisted Purchase price)

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4.6 out of 5 (8 reviews)

4 out of 5 “Bargain and really changes the sound”

Reviewed by Catherine, 9 years ago
(Unverified Purchase)

I have been very impressed with the Seidman stopper. I have fitted them into students' flutes (because, boy, the cork can look pretty grim when it hasn't seen the light of day for a while) and they have made a huge difference. This may be partly down to there being a better seal but there is a clear difference in how well the top register sings and how robust the lower register sounds. It adds just a little bit of weight (about 6g) which can feel very satisfying and is a cheap upgrade for advancing students.

Note, that these do not fit on the new screw design for Altus headjoints (which has a taper on the screw fitting and the stopper can't sit flat against the end plate, creating a leak) but I have ordered one that has been made to fit and have also had one made without the hole in to be used as a push stopper (excellent when used with the Bigio crowns).

One thing that would be very useful, however, is a tool to help remove the old screw cork fitting without putting pressure on the screw (something that does come with the bigio crowns and stoppers, also very much worth a look). All that is needed is a rigid hollow tube that slides over the screw fitting and pushes against the cork assembly). This is also very useful for inserting the new stopper. A bit of olive oil on the O-rings is a must (Fairtrade, organic, extra virgin, obviously ;-)) to get the stopper into place.

I have found the plastic stoppers to be very effective. If nothing else they won't rot inside your flute. Even the cork on my new altus headjoint didn't look so hot when I removed it, as it had clearly been exposed to moisture. I hope flute makers start looking at new ideas for the stopper assembly as a matter of course.

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4 out of 5 “A more complex sound for a low price”

Reviewed by Mark, 10 years ago
Verified Purchase

I bought the stopper out of curiosity: I already have high-end gold headjoint on a Yamaha Student body.
I was interested to see whether a further improvement could be made for a low price.
The difference to the sound is small but audible. I notice it most on the very low notes, where the harmonics have been made more complex, so the sound does not get covered so easily by other instruments.
I could easily have spend another £500 on a headjoint that would have had this effect, so the price was well worth it.
It took a small amount of DIY to install: I have never taken a cork out before and it took care and the right tools (set out in full detail in the online instructions that come with the stopper) but it was not a difficult job.
Incidentally, I noticed that playing with the crown off has quite an effect on tone as well - less clean but carries better. Worth playing with before buying any tone enhancers.

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5 out of 5 “Seidman Stopper”

Reviewed by Anthony, 12 years ago
Verified Purchase

Having just purchased one of these and tried it out, I would highly recommend it, sound projection is improved in all octaves and I infact have now placed an order for another one.
You can pay approx £200 for some crowns and stoppers, and at this price, you can't really go wrong. Check out the fitting instructions on Mr Seidman's website, as the item though easily fitted doesn't come with any fitting instructions.

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5 out of 5 “My flute was difficult to play”

Reviewed by H, 11 years ago
Verified Purchase

I am an adult, amateur learner. I wasn't sure if my flute was playing up or it was me: The change of stopper, at little cost, has improved the sound and my ability to play beyond my expectations. Thank you Mr Seidman and Just Flutes for importing them.

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5 out of 5 “Surprisingly Excellent and Easy Upgrade”

Reviewed by Jesse, 6 years ago
Verified Purchase

I’m always dubious of products billed as time enhancers - not only are they sometimes overpriced for little pay off, but I also find it’s something that can be remedied by patient sonority exercise.

However this stopper is different. For one rather than a tone ‘enhancer’ I’d call it an ‘enabler’. On my azumi headjoint, the low register is effortlessly broad, with a much cleaner attack, and the upper registers are open and free. The lighter weight contributes to a feel of reduced resistance. And throughout the range, I’ve been able to push either end of dynamic control even further to their extremes.

Honestly a fabulous buy, so worth it. I’d actually purchased mine a few years ago but only just got round to installing it; wish I’d done so sooner! (And talking of installation, VERY easy job - took me about ten minutes with no special tools).

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5 out of 5 “Seidman Flute Stopper”

Reviewed by Marc, 1 year ago
Verified Purchase

Very insteristing to work the sound.

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4 out of 5 “A distinct change”

Reviewed by Janine, 2 months ago
Verified Purchase

I love that the price is affordable. I also love that you can audibly hear a difference immediately. I found it a lot easier to control dynamics and to play the higher register with ease. I was quite surprised about the benefits.

The only slight issue I have is that I think the tone is sharper on the ear so I’m not sure about the intonation aspects but that could quite easily be myself and the skill level I am at and needing to pay closer attention to my tuning. I’ve had it a little while and I would absolutely recommend this.

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5 out of 5 “Excellent purchase”

Reviewed by Nigel, 7 months ago
Verified Purchase

I was tempted to buy a pricey, much-hyped device (which would have added quite a but of weight to the head joint) but thought I'd give this a try first. I'm so glad I did.

Initially, I was disconcerted by the change of sound/feel and almost ran back to the shop to get my cork re-installed (I had asked a local flute technician to install it for me, as I didn't trust myself following the instructions) but, after about a day or two of playing it in, the improvement of tone and ease of playing in all registers was significant. I thoroughly recommend it - I will never have a cork in my flute again!

Superb value for money!

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