My Miyazawa Adjusts to Me

“When I pick up and try a flute, I want to feel solid. Once I feel this foundation through its clarity and coherence, I want the freedom to create sound with an unlimited palate of color. I like spontaneity, and I want to trust my instrument to adjust to me, swiftly and accurately. My Miyazawa gives me just that, and I’m still exploring the endless possibilities it has to offer.”


Standard vs. Heavy-Wall Tubing

Sterling silver tubing is made in several thicknesses, typically ranging 0.014″ to 0.018″. Miyazawa offers a standard tubing thickness of 0.40mm (approximately 0.016″) and heavy-wall tubing thickness of 0.45mm (approximately 0.018″). Here are some general considerations when choosing tubing thickness:

Medium-wall (standard) tubing provides a brilliant, responsive sound with plenty of color and flexibility. It is especially well suited for players who generally blow with a more gentle airstream and/or a compact airstream. The sound and response of the flute may be customized with different headjoint cuts and materials such as gold or platinum riser to bring a darker or brighter quality to the flute.

Heavy-wall tubing provides a darker, more powerful sound. This tubing thickness is generally well suited for flutists who put a high volume of air through the flute and/or use a fast airstream when playing. The increased resistance of the tubing compliments players who tend to overpower a thinner walled flute, bringing ease of response with rich color. Again, the sound may be customized with different headjoint cuts and materials.


The choice of tubing thickness is an individual one, dependent upon playing style and desired quality of sound. Flutists should carefully consider these options together with headjoint choices and materials to find a combination to suit their unique embouchure.

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