ABOUT AKIYAMA
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1954 – Born in Naruto, Tokushima.
Inspired by participation in a brass band in junior high school,
later begins to follow the path of flute production.
1972 – Takes on a position at a flute maker and begins flute production.
1977 – Begins engaging in production of head joints,
and continues working for the company until 1995.
1995 – Leaves his position at the flute maker
and begins preparation for a new kind of flute production.

In 1997, after about a year’s preparation, I opened a workshop.

It was the difficulty in pursuing the very nature of musical instruments
in a mass-producing environment that led me to my focus.
Making a flute all by oneself may by unusual worldwide, even now.

It has been nearly 16 years.
I have been making a variety, from seamless pipes to seamed flutes,
instruments whose materials are 19th Century French silverware,
and even 14-karat and 18-karat gold hand-seamed flutes,
production of which is thought to be unique to my company.
Recently I have also begun to produce risers, tone holes and rings etc. by hand-seaming.

I was inspired to begin making seamed tubes after receiving a certain letter.
It arrived on the 24th of June, a month after Rampal san (Mr. J.P. Rampal) had passed away,
and had been sent with the wish to convey the feelings of French maker Louis Lotfs final craftsman.

The most important thing is to make them with eseamed tubes’.

I think of this as Rampal san’s (Mr. J.P. Rampal) last will.

November 2012 – takes part in a flute convention in Paris.
2013 – Makes an 18-karat gold piccolo head joint.

It was through this strange encounter that I began making hand-seamed tubes,
and it is my wish to be able to deliver their special charm to more and more people who are fascinated by flutes.

Yoshiteru Akiyama