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    A Time-Honored Tradition of Impeccable Quality

    At Miyazawa we are devoted to the details. For your best performance, you demand a lot from yourself. Don’t settle for any less from your flutemaker. Every Miyazawa is meticulously handcrafted to meet our exacting standards and your precise needs.

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Miyazawa Allowed Me to Grow

“When I was a senior in high school I decided I wanted to major in music, so my parents bought me an intermediate level flute. I broke through the wall on that in a year and half. This year, my sophomore year in college, my parents bought me a heavy wall Miyazawa with a gold riser in the head joint. I have grown so much by having this instrument, and I can’t wait to hear more great things come from myself while playing my Miyazawa flute!”

ALEX NELSON

THE Brögger MAINLINE KEY SYSTEM


All Miyazawa Flutes are built with the Brögger Mainline Key System™, designed by the renowned Danish flutemaker Johan Brögger. Benefits of this design include a one-piece rod and kicker construction, resulting in a streamlined and stronger mechanism. Key movement is transferred from key to key through the Brögger back connectors as opposed to a pinned steel. This allows for individual key movement rather than moving an internal assembly. As the rods do not rotate with the keys, the friction and wear between the rods and hinge tubes can be minimized, resulting in a longer life of the instrument. Simplified construction and less friction bring about faster key action and an incredibly light, smooth, and quiet mechanism. The Brögger Mainline Key System™ allows for more stable adjustments and eliminates binding which can occur on traditional pinned mechanisms. The Brögger System™, which includes the Brögger Thumb Key, is a revolutionary mechanism that advances this concept and is available on several Miyazawa models.

Upgrade to The Brögger System™ with enhanced Thumb Key Mechanism >

PITCH


The Miyazawa Improved Scale utilizes technical advances in modern scale design to give you precise interval intonation. Our standard pitch is A-442, enabling you to comfortably play between A-440 and A-444. Other available pitches are A-440, A-444 or A-446.

KEYS


All models are built with elegant French style pointed tonearms. Open holes are a standard specification to allow for extended techniques such as multiphonics or pitch slurs. Plateau keys (closed holes) are available by special order at no additional charge.

Miyazawa keys employ an integrated cup and pad screw receiver design with a perfectly flat interior surface. This structural improvement increases the stability of pad adjustments and allows the pad cup to seal properly with the tonehole, leading to a more full and resonant tone.

COLD FORGED KEY MECHANISM


Cold forged parts are much stronger and more reliable than keys created through outdated heat-casting methods which compromise metal integrity.

Miyazawa is the only professional handmade flute company that utilizes a 100% cold forged key mechanism.

TONEHOLES


Drawn toneholes are seamlessly sculpted from the flute’s body, giving you a quick, flexible response and a rich, resonant timbre. Soldered toneholes, on the other hand, are separate rings fused to the flute’s tube, resulting in slightly increased resistance. Flutes with soldered toneholes are frequently characterized as dark or deep in timbre. Models 102 through Vision [called Type I outside North & South America] come with drawn toneholes while the Elite models [called Type II outside North & South America] come with soldered toneholes.

DRAWN TONEHOLE
SOLDERED TONEHOLE

ANATOMY OF A STRAUBINGER™ PAD


Straubinger Pads were designed specifically for handmade flutes. The design of the pad ensures that it is virtually impervious to changes in temperature and humidity that cause felt pads to expand or contract. Straubinger Pads also have an extremely firm and flat surface. This creates a more precise seal, resulting in increased resonance and clarity of sound. The highest quality pad on the market today, Straubinger Pads are the perfect match for the highest quality flute.

Premium quality felt pads are also available. Straubinger Pads are standard on North & South American models PB-202 and higher.

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Mechanism Is Flawless

“I’ve had my flute nearly 16 years now and I still love it as much as the day I purchased it. The mechanism is flawless. I can’t say enough great things about Miyazawa flutes!”

KATE FISH

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