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FAQ's

Frequently Asked Questions



Why is the headjoint of the flute so important?
Why is regulation so important?
How do you know if any of the flute is made of a precious metal?
Why are the pads of the flute so important?

What is a B footjoint and what is a "Gyzmo"?

What is a split Gyzmo?
What is the difference between tone and intonation?
What is the difference between open
hole and closed hole flutes?
What is a split E mechanism?
What on earth is the meaning of the text under MAGIC FLUTES INTERNATIONAL on the top of the home page?


Why is the headjoint of the flute so important? (top)
Answer: 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.



Why is regulation so important? (top)

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


How do you know if any of the flute is made of a precious metal? (top)

Answer: 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 are the pads of the flute so important? (top)

Answer: 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 a B footjoint? (top)

Answer: 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 image to the left is a B footjoint, whilst the image to the right is a C footjoint.

The Gyzmo key is a small key only available on B-foot joints that is used to umprove the response and intonation of the top c (the highest c with 5 lines above the stave).

The split Gyzmo is an even better solution and was designed by Thomas Pinschof to allow the separate action of the low B-key with the Gyzmo but at the same the low B-roller closes both the c and c# holes giving a much mor secure low B, without the need of "flat-footing" with the pinkie to close all three toneholes. Every B-foot should have this simple yet extremely useful mechanism.

Split Gyzmo allowing low B keys to close independently and the low B roller taking alonh all 3 keys.

What is the difference between tone and intonation? (top)

Answer: 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.



What is the difference between open
hole and closed hole flutes? (top)

Answer: The example on the top right is of a closed hole flute. The example on the bottom right is of an open hole flute.There is no difference in sound between open and closed hole flutes. Open holes are needed for more advanced techniques such as tone effects. They are often more expensive.

Click here for a review of open and closed flutes by Thomas Pinschof.


What is a split E mechanism? (top)

Answer: 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 on earth is the meaning of the text under MAGIC FLUTES INTERNATIONAL on the top of the home page? (top)

Answer: Good question: It is Latin and translates something like:
SILVER, GOLD, PLATINUM AND WOOD SOUND LOVELY

    
    
    
    

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