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My thoughts on making flutes


I think the most important thing regarding making flutes
is how to make the tubes. In recent years, thanks to progress
in processing technology seamless tubes (with no seam joint)
have become the mainstream, however many old instruments
that are considered masterpieces have seamed tubes.
Some manufacturers would use seamed tubes made through
electric welding, but thanks to progress in processing technology,
almost all flutes have become those made of seamless tubes.
And I came to think about why I would choose to produce
seamed tube flutes in this day and age:
that in pursuing the very nature of musical instruments
— their sounds — production
through hand-made seamed tubes would be most important.
Of course, this is not a rejection of the current processing methods,
but I am nonetheless sure there are sounds
that only seamed tubes can express,
and that is why I am pursuing the production of flutes
sticking to the use of seamed tubes.



STEP1:The production of the Base pipe

  • The production of the Base pipe
  • Wind the sheeted material (silverware, gold)
    around the cored bar.Braze the joints together.
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STEP2:Production of the Tone Hole.

  • The production of the Tone Hole
  • Process the materials (silverware, gold)
    cut to tone hole size on the processing jig.
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STEP3: The production of the kye.

STEP4: The production of the Head Joint.

  • The production of the Head Joint
  • Braze the lip plate and riser (one that consists of a joined hand-seamed riser and base)
    and attach the processed mouth hole to the seamed tube.
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