PHOTOGRAPH AND NOTES ON SPECIAL GIZMO KEY POSITIONING




The above photograph shows the position of the Gizmo Key and mechanism on the B footjoint as manufactured by Ewen McDougall. He does not claim it to be his invention and is used by a (very) few other flute makers.

You may be interested in the history of this gizmo key. I related this to Alton McCanless (who copied a McDougall flute) and who now calls it after the inventor - the  Hector Miller Gizmo :-

Years ago, when Ewen McDougall worked for the Flute Makers guild they got a guild flute in for overhaul and to their surprise they spotted this gizmo arrangement on it. It had not left their workshop like that.

It belonged to a Hector Miller, of Camden Town, Sussex, UK who is an amateur flute player and a silversmith of national (UK) repute. He makes jewelry for the UK Royal family and all sorts of people. Being a silversmith of such quality he had the means and ability to do this modification to his Guild Flute. The Guild thought it was marvellous and it was adopted by Ewen and some
other Guild members as a standard method.

So, it was first invented and fitted by an amateur player as a modification to a British Flute Makers Guild flute.

Wessell flutes are another make with this feature.

This positioning of the key allows a much easier access to the key than in the "conventional" position

Photographed in the workshop of UK Flutemaker the late Ewen McDougall of Ravensworth.



The photograph below illustrates the positioning of a "conventional gizmo" key


The above photograph and notes are as accurate as my knowledge of the subject permits

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