Inspired to start afresh, we went back to a clean slate applying all of the knowledge, advancements, and skills we’ve obtained over the last two decades crafting some of the finest handmade flutes available today into the design of an entirely new line of handmade instruments. Focusing on innovation, we’ve created some instruments that change the image of the handmade flute significantly. They offer tone with charm and depth, and a wide dynamic range that allows performers to play with a wide range of expression and the tone and volume flutists have long desired. From the finest details to their overall design, every part, process, and component on these handmade silver flutes is designed to function in harmony with the rest.
The new Yamaha “Type A” headjoint enables the flutist to produce an easy yet colourful sound and still play using a wide dynamic range. The newly designed lip plate promotes efficient playing technique and provides optimal resistance when paired with the new Handmade flute body. The “Type A” headjoint provides a high degree of freedom for musical expressions and has been praised by many players for its rich and clear sound, which is distinctive even at pianissimo.The wall thickness is slightly increased from other headjoint models (9K Gold: 0.35→0.43mm, 18K Gold: 0.3→0.35mm, 14K Gold: 0.3→0.43mm) to improve the resonance of the headjoint and promote a solid resonance when playing fortissimo, maximising the tonal colours available for the performer.
The overall weight of the flute was slightly raised by increasing the thickness of the toneholes. Combined with a special undercut tonehole design that is used only in combination with soldered toneholes, the performer is enabled to play with a colourful palette of sounds. An optimal level of resonance provides a wide dynamic range with the volume and presence needed for performing in professional orchestras.
Flat pad cups
The thicker and more durable key arms and machined pad cups provide better stability than more traditional-style pad cups. Pad conditions can be easily stabilised for a longer length of time when the pad is seated in a flat pad cup. Because the pad is more stable, it is also able to respond more freely, creating a rich and desirable resonance.
Straubinger™ Pads have been widely adopted as significant components of a high quality handmade flute because of their clear response and optimal resonance. Straubinger™ Pads are more tolerant of environmental change and remain in top playing condition for a longer period of time. A Yamaha Handmade flute with Straubinger™ Pads enables the player to achieve a clear response with a more resonant sound.
A special acoustic annealing process that allows for a more pure transmission of vibration from the player to the flute provides Yamaha Handmade flutes with a deep, mature sound and clear response.
The case is compact for easy travel and durable to protect the flute, and is accompanied by a sophisticated case cover. (Left: Handmade Gold, Right: Handmade Silver).