We pair our exquisite nickel silver flute with a sterling silver lip plate and riser (PA-102 model) or a solid sterling silver headjoint (PA-202 model) to create an instrument with a responsive sound and impressive projection. Acousticians have determined that flutes with a significant copper content, such as a number of the old Louis Lots, possess a very colorful and flexible palette.
Available exclusively from Miyazawa and available on our Atelier III alto flute model. Our blend primarily consists of silver and copper, along with other precious metals, resulting in a remarkable instrument that offers a brilliant sound, quick articulation and outstanding projection.
Sterling silver is the classic metal used in flutemaking and offers a colorful, deep timbre and a wide tonal range. Available in two tubing thicknesses: standard tubing (.015") offers a flexible and resonant sound while heavy-wall tubing (.018") provides a darker sound. Our PA-402 and Classic models are made with sterling silver tubing, while our Boston Classic is available in sterling silver as well as other precious metal choices.
958 Silver is a unique silver alloy that consists of 95.8% pure silver. The increased density from sterling silver results in a darker sound with a remarkable array of tonal colors. Miyazawa 958 silver deepens the resonance in the sound without increasing the thickness of the wall. Available in two tubing thicknesses: standard tubing (.015") offers a flexible and resonant sound while heavy-wall tubing (.018") provides an even darker sound. 958 Silver is available on BR-602, Vision and Elite model flutes.
Gold-Silver (GS) Alloy
An innovative composition made of 10 percent gold and 90 percent silver. Highly tarnish resistant, GS alloy combines the brilliance of silver with the textural warmth of gold resulting in a radiant, refined sound. Available on our Boston Classic Series.
9 Karat Gold
9k gold is the ideal combination of the desired tonal qualities of both silver and gold. With abundant harmonics and structure, 9k gold provides a stable sonic foundation and a secure feeling when played. Available on our Boston Classic Series and headjoint options.
14 Karat Gold
14k rose gold has a density greater than all of the metals described above. Rich overtones, a wondrous dynamic range, endless tonal variety – peerless qualities that put it in a class by itself. 14k gold is available on our Boston Classic Series as well as in headjoint choices
18 Karat Gold
18k gold takes the beautiful sonic qualities of 14k gold a step further. Known for a dark and lush sound, the tonal spectrum of 18k is captivating. Available on our Boston Classic Series as well as in headjoint choices.
24 Karat Gold
Our 24k gold has a trace of titanium for added strength. Velvety richness characterizes its extravagant sound. Nothing else matches the variety of tonal colors and elegance of 24k gold. Available on our Boston Classic Series as well as in headjoint choices.
A pure element and extremely dense material, platinum embodies a dark, liquid sound with pristine clarity. With a solid fundamental core, platinum has an intense, penetrating quality and is the ultimate in power and depth. Solid Platinum is available on our Boston Classic Series, as platinum plating on other models and as platinum risers in headjoint.
Rhodium adds both a glossy shine and strength to any metal. Offering incomparable protection from the elements and tarnish, rhodium plating is an especially effective choice on mechanisms and engraved surfaces. Rhodium plating is available on all Miyazawa flutes by special order.