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Frequently Asked Questions

Why is the headjoint of the flute so important?

The most important parts of the headjoint are the edge and the chimney. The material that these are made of affects the sound quality because this is where the sound is produced.

What is a B footjoint?

A B footjoint has an extra key on it and is a little bit longer than the C footjoint. It means that the B below the C can be played.
The B footjoint also has the effect of making the high register less shrill and improves the intonation at the very top of the flute.

Why are the pads of the flute so important?

An incorrectly seated pad will cause an air leak from that key which affects that note, as well as every note below that pad.

What is the difference between open hole and closed hole flutes?
This is an example of a closed hole flute.
This is an example of an open hole flute.
How do you know if any of the flute is made of a precious metal?

Most manufacturers will identify the areas of the flute that have a silver precious metal content by stamping the numbers 925. A precious metal content means that the piece of the flute that is stamped is solid silver, not just silver-plated.

Why is regulation so important?

Regulation means ensuring that when two or more keys close together, they seal the tone holes at exactly the same time.

What is a split E mechanism?

The note E3 is difficult to play in tune and it cracks easily when first attacked. The split E mechanism closes an extra tone hole on the flute when this fingering is played, so it is easier to play this high note.

What is the difference between tone and intonation?

The tone of the instrument refers to the quality of the sound produced.

An instrument with good intonation produces the correct pitch on each and every note when played correctly.

Of course, it can also be said that a musician has good tone or intonation, or not, as the case may be.

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