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Azumi flutes are a perfect flute for the aspiring flutist. The most distinctive feature of all Azumi flutes is the Altus Z-cut professional headjoint which responds quickly and easily and produces a full and rich tone in all three registers. The Z Cut headjoint is handmade by Altus and is included on every Azumi flute. The attention to detail in the handmade process creates a more responsive and flexible tone. The headjoint features a fairly rectangular shaped embouchure hole which makes it responsive and clean with fantastic articulation. This headjoint is open and free, singing easily in all registers. It is a headjoint which begs to be played, because it makes all those difficult things seem so much easier. Response from the low B to the high C (and even D!) is immediate and flawless. The sound is open and full. The tone produced blends beautifully, and is therefore very well suited for a band or orchestral setting. The response makes it a fantastic choice for jazz players as well, who sometimes have to jump from sax to flute and get the high C to pop as though it is easy.
Usually reserved for professional models, all Azumi Flutes feature pointed key arms for an elegant and refined look, improved key strength, and even pad wear. The pointed arms connect the key hinge tube to the key cup at the back and across the top of the key, ending in a point in the center of the cup.
Based on the work and recommendations of renowned British flutist William Bennett, the Altus-Bennett scale offers excellent intonation, carefully tuned harmonics, and balanced registers. Altus flutemaker Shuichi Tanaka along with Bennett admired Albert Cooper’s scale work and made some modifications of their own, creating the Altus/Bennett scale. The Altus/Bennett scale is used on all Altus and Azumi flutes. The precise intonation not only makes these flutes effortless to play in tune, it also enhances the resonance of the instrument. A more resonant flute has more depth and color to the sound, and is more flexible.
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