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Sometimes it all starts with an idea....
Leonard E. Lopatin was in the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra as third flute and piccolo when he had an idea, the kind of idea that just wouldn't let go. He wondered if giving a straight edge to each tone hole on a flute would make a difference in its tonal production.
Up until this time, Lopatin had followed the "normal" career path for a professional flutist. A native of New York City, he began playing the flute at the age of twelve and went on to study with Harold Bennett at the Manhattan School of Music. Later he studied with Arthur Lora at the Juilliard School, earning his Bachelor of Music degree in flute performance in May, 1976, winning the Met audition just a month before graduation.
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Then that idea came to him while on tour with the Met: square tone holes. Could that possibly make a difference?