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Silver, Gold and Platinum Risers

Whether you are looking for a new headjoint to upgrade your flute or you are in the process of considering a new instrument, finding the right headjoint is an important step. The design of the headjoint (cut, riser height, over/undercutting, taper) has a significant impact in response and playing characteristics. The metal of the riser (or "chimney") also plays an integral role.

The riser is the part of the headjoint where the lip plate is connected to the headjoint tube. When playing, the airstream makes contact with the riser, causing the flute tube to vibrate and sound to be produced. The properties of different riser metals directly affect the quality of the sound and response. Here are some general guidelines when considering risers of silver, gold and platinum:

Silver risers provide a full, fluid sound. Design factors aside, resistance of this metal is moderate, allowing for flexibility and reliable response.

Gold risers made of 14k gold bring a more complex and colorful sound to any headjoint style by expanding the harmonic range. 24k gold risers provide additional texture and warmth. Overall, gold risers offer more resistance, resulting in fullness of tone and rich response.

Platinum risers have a dark, deeply penetrating sound. With noticeably increased resistance, many flutists comment that they can "push" the sound without the worry of cracking notes, and response to articulation is unparalleled.

Choices of riser materials along with various headjoint styles present the opportunity for flutists to find the perfect combination for their playing style and embouchure. Click here for more specific information about Miyazawa headjoints.

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