Yamaha's handmade grenadilla wooden flutes are suitable not just for solo and chamber music, but also for use in the modern symphony orchestra. Their remarkable tonal projection is the result of combining the state-of-the-art scale with Yamaha's unique "Type EW" headjoint, and of their specially designed toneholes - which are the same size as on metal flutes. An "Type HW" headjoint is optionally available.
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The lip plate and headjoint body are sculpted out of a single piece of fine African grenadilla for a pure, natural resonance. The surface of the lip plate is extremely comfortable and provides secure control.
A siver tenon fits the headjoint into the body, just as with a silver flute. This adds focus to the sound. It also helps to considerably reduce the weight of the flute.
A similar silver tenon inside the footjoint connector reduces weight and prevents cracking. It also adds tonal body for improved projection. An optimal level of resonance provides a wide dynamic range with the volume and presence needed for performing in professional orchestras.
The tone holes are precision-crafted of inset grenadilla which allows wider sized holes like those of metal flutes. This is another factor contributing to the flute's accurate intonation and tonal clarity.
Covered (or Plateau) keys are easy to use. The pad cup is covered so it will seal the tonehole any time the key is closed. This is common with beginners or others who may not always press the center of the key.
Many advanced players prefer the open feel of Ring keys for subtle control of their tone. Intermediate and Standard model French system flutes come with key plugs to seal the hole until players have become adept at covering the holes with their fingers.
Many players find the Offset G configuration easier to play. Often teachers recommend that beginners start on these flutes, while more and more advanced players are also choosing this natural feeling configuration.
Many advanced students and professionals, though, still prefer the traditional In-line formation where all the toneholes are in a straight row.
Split E Mechanism
This key helps give more stability and better centered intonation to the high E.
The B footjoint has an extra key enabling the player to play 1/2 step lower than the lowest note of the C foot. It also affects the sound; B footjoint enables a darker, stronger sound with good projection, while C footjoint has flexible, warmer tone.
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