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The Split E Mechanism & High E Facilitator

The flute has progressed over the years with regards to scale, pitch and response. Many modern flute makers employ new manufacturing techniques to ensure that all notes are stable and true to pitch. For many flutists, the third octave E natural can be challenging. Depending on the individual, this note may not be as stable as others. The split E mechanism and the high E facilitator provide two reliable solutions for flutists seeking to improve the response of third octave E.

Split E Mechanism

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The split E mechanism can dramatically improve the response of high E. This mechanism divides the action of the upper and lower G keys, permitting the lower G key to close when high E is played. Closing the lower G key and fingering high E decreases venting and brings more stability to the note with a faster response. This mechanism employs a separate rod, adding a slight bit of weight to the flute. The split E mechanism must be made on the flute during manufacture.

High E Facilitator

High E Facilitator

The high E facilitator is a donut-shaped ring that is inserted into the lower G tonehole. When playing high E, this ring decreases venting and improves response. The high E facilitator is lightweight and an economical alternative to the split E. In addition, the high E facilitator may be added to any flute at any time.

With either alternative, the response of high E is greatly improved. Some players however, may experience a very slight lowering in pitch of the third octave A. Please contact us for more information or to speak to our professional service department about installation of a high E facilitator on your flute.

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