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All models are available with your choice of inline or offset G keys to provide the most comfortable left wrist and hand position. There are no pitch or tonal differences.
For many years, inline G was perceived as “professional” while offset G was associated with “student” flutes. While these stereotypes no longer exist, there is still some debate over which design is superior.
Although inline G and offset G are the same acoustically, inline G may be the best choice for players with longer fingers or larger hands with adequate strength and control. However, due to increasing awareness of tendonitis and carpal tunnel syndrome, an ever-increasing number of players are now choosing professional flutes with offset G because of the more natural hand position it provides. In addition to the therapeutic advantages, there are technical benefits to consider with offset G keys.
All flutes come with the choice of footjoint either built to low C or to low B. The B footjoint extends the range of the flute down to low B. As a result, the footjoint is lengthened by approximately 1 inch. While the low B is increasingly used in repertoire, the extension of the tube has other effects as well. The longer tube creates more resistance in the extreme registers, having a longer air column to “push.” Some see this as having a positive impact while others prefer the ease of response on a C foot.
To counteract the additional resistance of the B footjoint, the high C facilitator (commonly referred to as the “gizmo key”) closes the low B tonehole to improve the response of the 4th octave C. The high C facilitator is standard on each Miyazawa B footjoint.
The split E divides the action of the upper and lower G keys, permitting the lower G to close when the third octave E natural is played. This mechanism can dramatically improve the response and ensures tonal stability of the high E, secure attacks and smooth slurs between the third octave A and E.
An effective, economical alternative to the split E, this donut-shaped ring inserted into the lower G tonehole improves the response of the flute’s high E without adversely affecting other notes. The high E facilitator can be added to any Miyazawa flute at any time and can also be removed later if desired.
The versatile C# trill key simplifies many awkward trill and tremolo fingerings. It is exceedingly helpful in difficult technical passages. In addition, use of the C# trill key when playing open C# dramatically improves pitch and clarity.
The D# roller helps to facilitate movement between the C# and D# keys of the footjoint, an often challenging area for even the most accomplished flutists.
The C# roller provides additional ease of movement between these keys. Rollers are available on models with B footjoint as shown in the chart below.
The Brögger System™ is a revolutionary mechanical design that was designed by Danish flutemaker Johan Brögger. Miyazawa is proud to be the exclusive company to offer the Brögger System.
Elegant and refined, ornamental engraving enhances the beauty of the instrument and is available on the lip plate, mechanism, crown and rings. Engraving on the lip plate will provide the added benefit of preventing the flute from slipping.