No one has really asked me what I play yet, but I think it is cool to share the gear that I currently own and use. Inactive/decommissioned/loaned out instruments are struck through; if the instrument has been let go, it will be removed altogether.
|Mass (g)||Nickname||Make and/or Description||Owned|
|Alto Flute||733.1±0.4||Eliana||Forest LKFL-268SE by 龙口金鸣乐器有限公司, Straight and Curved Headjoints, Silver-plated cupronickel, C-foot||2021|
|Tenor Saxophone||103×(3.4±0.1)||Tenor Sax||Wongful Tenor Saxophone T-901GL, brass alloy||2020|
|B 曲笛||199.9±0.1||正 B||Bao Yingying (鲍颖颖) & Bao Yanan (鲍亚男) 6-hole dizi (苦竹)||2020|
|C♯ 曲笛||169.0±0.1||升 C||Bao Yingying (鲍颖颖) & Bao Yanan (鲍亚男) 6-hole dizi (苦竹)||2020|
|Bass Flute||1886±1||Davie||Forest LKFL-2783SEB by 龙口金鸣乐器有限公司, Vertical, Silver-plated cupronickel, B-foot||2019|
|Shakuhachi||382.0±0.5||Jonathan Kypros 1.8 shaku Bell Shakuhachi, plastic||2019|
|E♭大笛||331.0±0.5||大降 E||Bao Yingying (鲍颖颖) & Bao Yanan (鲍亚男) 8-hole dizi (劲竹), A444||2019|
|Alto Saxophone||2431±1||Alto Sax||Wongful Alto Saxophone A-901GL, brass alloy||2019|
|Soprano Saxophone||1360.2±0.4||Sop Sax||Wongful Soprano Saxophone S-850GL, brass alloy||2019|
|F 洞箫||159.8±0.1||Unknown Maker 8-hole xiao with carving ``国乐飘香'' (紫竹)||2019|
|Baroque Flute||277.0±0.1||新笛||AULOS Grenser (AF-1), A440||2019|
|F 陶埙||402.0±0.5||F 埙||Miao Zhigong (苗治功) 8-hole xun, ceramic||2019|
|D 小笛||19.0±0.1||小 D||Bao Yingying (鲍颖颖) & Bao Yanan (鲍亚男) 6-hole dizi (苦竹)||2019|
|大C+F+小C 排笛||271.3±0.1||CFC 排笛||Bao Yingying (鲍颖颖) & Bao Yanan (鲍亚男) 3×6-hole dizi (苦竹)||2019|
|C Fife||81.6±0.1||AULOS Fife C-21, ABS resin||2019|
|Concert Flute||508.0±0.5||Aurelia||Muramatsu 9KRHEC# Heavy (B-foot)||2019|
|Tenor Saxophone||103×(3.5±0.1)||Yamaha YTS-62||2019|
|C Ocarina||75.4±0.1||EDC||CODA EDC, 2 octaves, key of C, polycarbonate||2019|
|Concert Flute||234.5±0.1||MT||GUO Tocco (Milk Tea, C-foot)||2019|
|Bass Recorder||1125.0±0.5||AULOS A533B Bass Recorder (in F3), ABS resin||2018|
|C 大笛||650.5±0.5||倍大 C||Bao Yanan (鲍亚男) 8-hole dizi (苦竹)||2018|
|D 小笛||19.4±0.1||小 D||Bao Yanan (鲍亚男) 6-hole dizi (苦竹), A446||2018|
|Quena||81.7±0.1||Bamboo quena in G by Sisay||2018|
|C 小笛||26.0±0.1||小 C||Bao Yanan (鲍亚男) 6-hole dizi (苦竹)||2018|
|B 梆笛||51.3±0.1||小 B||Bao Yanan (鲍亚男) 6-hole dizi (苦竹)||2018|
|F♯ 梆笛||101.7±0.1||小升 F||Bao Yanan (鲍亚男) 6-hole dizi (苦竹)||2018|
|Baroque Flute||350.0±0.5||Traverso||AULOS Stanesby Jr. (AF-3), ABS resin, A415||2018|
|G Flute||195.9±0.1||GUO Grenaditte G Treble Flute||2018|
|G♯ 梆笛||69.3±0.1||小升 G||Zhou Sijin (周思进) 6-hole dizi (苦竹)||2018|
|B 梆笛||53.4±0.1||小 B||Zhou Sijin (周思进) 6-hole dizi (苦竹)||2018|
|E 大笛||462.0±0.5||大 E||Bao Yanan (鲍亚男) 8-hole dizi (劲竹)||2017|
|E♭ 笛子||132.1±0.1||降 E||Bao Yanan (鲍亚男) 6-hole dizi (苦竹)||2017|
|B♭ 梆笛||85.7±0.1||小降 B||Bao Yanan (鲍亚男) 6-hole dizi (紫竹)||2017|
|大C+F+小C 排笛||341.0±0.5||CFC 排笛||Zhang Wei (张玮) 3×6-hole dizi (苦竹)||2017|
|F 大笛||342.0±0.5||大 F||Bao Yanan (鲍亚男) & Ng Teck Seng (黄德成) 7-hole dizi (苦竹)||2017|
|A 大笛||278.8±0.1||大 A||Bao Yanan (鲍亚男) & Ng Teck Seng (黄德成) 6-hole dizi (紫竹)||2017|
|B 曲笛||174.6±0.1||正 B||Zhou Sijin (周思进) 6-hole dizi (苦竹)||2017|
|F 加键巴乌||253.1±0.1||森雀牌六键巴乌 (ABS)||2017|
|Tenor Recorder||368.0±0.5||Yamaha YRT-304BII (in C4), ABS resin||2017|
|大D/G 双管巴乌||312.0±0.5||云南思语牌 (紫竹)||2017|
|F/B♭ 双管巴乌||388.0±0.5||流水之音牌 (红木)||2017|
|F 大笛||291.7±0.1||大 F||Lu Yang (陆扬) 7-hole dizi (苦竹)||2017|
|A 大笛||218.2±0.1||大 A||Gan Jianming (戈建明) 6-hole dizi (红木)||2017|
|B♭ 大笛||278.3±0.1||大降 B||Bao Yanan (鲍亚男) & Ng Teck Seng (黄德成) 6-hole dizi (紫竹)||2017|
|E♭ 笛子||129.6±0.1||降 E||Zhou Sijin (周思进) 6-hole dizi (苦竹)||2016|
|C♯ 曲笛||167.3±0.1||升 C||Zhou Sijin (周思进) 6-hole dizi (苦竹)||2016|
|D 大笛||450.5±0.5||倍大 D||Ng Teck Seng (黄德成) 8-hole dizi (紫竹)||2016|
|G 南箫||348.5±0.5||Ng Teck Seng (黄德成) 8-hole Cantonese-style nanxiao (毛金竹)||2016|
|D 小笛||34.1±0.1||小 D||Huang Weidong (黄卫东) 6-hole dizi (苦竹)||2016|
|C 小笛||37.1±0.1||小 C||Huang Weidong (黄卫东) 6-hole dizi (苦竹)||2016|
|D 曲笛||163.8±0.1||大 D||Ng Teck Seng (黄德成) 6-hole dizi (苦竹)||2016|
|D 曲笛||141.7±0.1||十孔 D||Huang Weidong (黄卫东) 10-hole dizi (苦竹)||2016|
|Soprano Recorder||89.1±0.1||Yamaha YRS-302BIII (in C5), ABS resin||2016|
|Garklein Recorder||23.5±0.1||AULOS A501S Garklein (in C6), ABS resin||2016|
|Bass Flute||1247.5±0.5||Mio||GUO Grenaditte Tenor Flute||2016|
|G 口笛||4.5±0.1||Dong Shenghua (董生华)||2015|
|D 口笛||5.9±0.1||Dong Shenghua (董生华)||2015|
|Standard Fife||144.9±0.1||A♭ Fife||One-key Band Flute (``D♯'') made for Boosey & Hawkes London||2015|
|G 梆笛||99.3±0.1||小 G||Ng Teck Seng (黄德成) 6-hole dizi (苦竹)||2015|
|G 大笛||315.0±0.5||大 G||Ng Teck Seng (黄德成) 7-hole dizi (苦竹)||2015|
|Piccolo||149.4±0.1||Picc||GUO Grenaditte Piccolo||2015|
|Acoustic Guitar||1519±1||Melody (?)||2012|
|Sopranino Recorder||42.4±0.1||Yamaha YRN-302BII (in F5), ABS resin||2012|
|C Fife||67.1±0.1||Yamaha YRF-21, ABS resin||2012|
|Alto Recorder||211.1±0.1||Yamaha YRA-28BIII (in F4), ABS resin||2012|
|F 梆笛||126.1±0.1||小 F||Ng Teck Seng (黄德成) 6-hole dizi (苦竹)||2010|
|C 曲笛||191.3±0.1||大 C||Ng Teck Seng (黄德成) 6-hole dizi (苦竹)||2010|
|G 洞箫||190.3±0.1||箫||Ng Teck Seng (黄德成) 8-hole xiao (紫竹)||2010|
|Concert Flute||464.5±0.5||Azumi||Altus-Azumi AZ3000REOB (B-foot)||2010|
|Piccolo||170.7±0.1||Prelude PC711 by Conn-Selmer||2010|
|A 梆笛||79.9±0.1||小 A||Ng Teck Seng (黄德成) 6-hole dizi (苦竹)||2009|
|E 笛子||136.0±0.1||小 E||Ng Teck Seng (黄德成) 6-hole dizi (苦竹)||2009|
|Pocket Saxophone||104.9±0.1||Xaphoon Pocket Sax, key of C, ABS resin||2008|
|Alto Saxophone||2635±1||Hisonic Signature Music Alto Saxophone 2710N||2008|
|Concert Flute||454.5±0.5||Hisonic Signature Music Low B Flute 2821S||2008|
|Soprano Clarinet||666.5±0.5||Sop Claire||Hisonic Signature Music B♭ Concert Clarinet 2610DF2||2008|
|G Ocarina||45.2±0.1||Mountain Ocarina, key of G, polycarbonate||2007|
|C Ocarina||70.9±0.1||Mountain Ocarina, key of C, polycarbonate||2007|
|Concert Flute||424.5±0.5||Hisonic Signature Music Low C Flute 2820S||2007|
|Chromatic Harmonica||208.2±0.1||Golden Cup Chromatic Harmonica||2005|
|G 口笛||4.3±0.1||Lim Eng Sia (林英城) (?), transparent acrylic||2004|
|Diatonic Harmonica||80.2±0.1||Hero Harmonica (英雄) 24-hole Diatonic Harmonica M1007, plastic||2003|
|G Kingflute||50.4±0.1||Bamboo Flute by Kingflute Philippines Inc.||2001|
|Diatonic Harmonica||54.5±0.1||Hero Harmonica (英雄) 16-hole Diatonic Harmonica M1017, plastic||2000|
|G 梆笛||87.0±0.1||小 G||Ng Teck Seng (黄德成) 6-hole dizi (苦竹)||1996|
|D 曲笛||162.0±0.1||D||Ng Teck Seng (黄德成) 6-hole dizi (苦竹)||1996|
|Soprano Recorder||76.9±0.1||Mikatone C-Soprano Model 200 (in C5), ABS resin||1994|
My sifu has other instruments that I have loaned on a permanent basis; these aren't included in the table above. Among them include:
- Yamaha 211S Concert Flute (mass: (407.5±0.5) g)
- E 大笛 (紫竹) (mass: (362±0.5) g)
- C 小笛 (苦竹) (mass: (42.7±0.1) g)
- G 新笛 (苦竹) (mass: (195.8±0.1) g)
Since they are my sifu's, their origin is a little more obscured.
In my shopping list, I talked about buying a professional-level concert flute. I have bought it already, but have decided to keep the write-up of my journey to it. Check out what I have found out over here.
One thing that I have neglected to make a record of is the mouthpieces that I am using for my saxophones and clarinet. And so, here it is. Since I don't have an extended collection of them yet, I will just keep it in a list form---if it starts to get a little large, I will then convert it into some kind of table as well.
- Selmer S90 180; Soprano Saxophone; Opening 1.12mm, Table length 18mm; Hard Rubber square chamber (mass: (13.7±0.1) g) with BG LFS Ligature (mass: (15.6±0.1) g)
- Selmer S90 180; Alto Saxophone; Opening 1.45mm, Table length 24mm; Hard Rubber square chamber (mass: (23.6±0.1) g) with BG LFA Ligature (mass: (16.4±0.1) g)
- Selmer S90 180; Tenor Saxophone; Opening 1.80mm, Table length 23mm; Hard Rubber square chamber (mass: (38.8±0.1) g) with BG LFT Ligature (mass: (16.7±0.1) g)
Instrument Family Checklist
The above instrument list is great to find out how old an instrument is. But it does not quickly show which member of the instrument family is present.
Of all the instruments that I have, I am rather concerned about my dizi, flute, recorder, and saxophone instrument families. This section keeps track of the representatives. The format for all of them are the same: a ✔ means that I have at least one representative; a ❓ means that no such representative is known to be made; a ✘ means I do not have a representative.
Anything that has a ✘ marked out is not an indication that I am intending to convert it into a ✔ through a purchase. The intention is to have enough representation to broaden the timbral/range palette without falling into the ``collector's trap'' of wanting to have everything.
The 笛子 is my primary instrument, and thus having good representation is essential. Here is a table of the family members that I have.
We see ❓ for the 倍大 class of instruments because these have reached the point where advanced making techniques like bamboo bending and key work are needed, and I have not heard of nor seen any of these instruments made consistently. There may be some novel instruments that are definitely large, but I do not count them for the reason that they are not single musician playable.
The 倍X classes that are not 倍大 are largely theoretical---they are provided here as a reference for ambitus calibration for the other instrument families and have a uniform ❓ symbol. The names are inductively generated by me, since I have not seen/heard any systematic scheme for instrument sizes beyond the original 小, 大, and 倍大 classes.
For ambitus/fingering pattern calibration purposes, 小G corresponds to the Piccolo, while the 大G corresponds to the Concert Flute.
The flute is my secondary instrument. Here is a table of the family members that I have.
|Double Contrabass Flute||C||八倍大G||✘|
I will be very happy if I can get a contrabass flute at some point to cap out the family. Flutes that are pitched lower than that are just too cumbersome and have even fewer use cases.
The recorder is fun, and I have some of them. They are useful for different timbres as compared to the dizi or the concert flute.
|Great Bass Recorder||C||倍大G||✘|
|Sub-great Bass Recorder||C||四倍大G||✘|
Recorders pitched lower than Bass Recorder are made much more differently than the traditional set up (see the Paetzold Recorders made by Kunath), and have the potential for more extensive techniques. I may look into them at some point in the future, but I think I have enough representation of the recorder family at this point.
The saxophone family of instruments is a nice mix of the sweetness of woodwind and the power of brasswind. Here is a list of the representatives of this family that I have.
|C Melody Saxophone||C||四倍大G||✘|
I would like to have a Baritone Saxophone and a Sopranino one at some point. Of the two, the Baritone has a higher priority because it can cover a much lower range than the other instruments I have. The sopranino saxophone is less important because the high range is adequately covered by the dizi, piccolo, and the high recorders too. In addition, the higher the pitch (and thus the frequency), the more ``pure'' the sinusoidal it gets, and thus the relative timbres of instruments are less stratified, further reducing the need to actually have a sopranino saxophone.