GLOSSARY OF FLUTE FEATURES
Alloy – an alloy is a homogenous mixture composed of two or more metallic elements which do not mutually separate. The alloy is the result of the combination of such a complementary mix.
C footjoint – This footjoint reaches down to low C (which is middle C on the piano). It is frequently described as freeing up the low register and offering less resistance throughout the flute. The C footjoint is standard on student model flutes.
Crown – The dome-shaped part at the very end of the headjoint. It is attached to the headjoint cork and disk assembly and can control their position. These assemblies are highly important in the projection, intonation and quality of the sound.
Seamed Tubing – Made from a flat piece of metal that is rolled and seamed, allowing the metal’s molecular structure to remain in intact. The unique response and flexibility of these flutes can only be fully realized through personally test-playing and listening to their complex colors.
Straubinger Pads - Straubinger™ Pads are designed specifically for hand-made flutes and consist of different materials and components than a traditional pad. The Straubinger™ Pad is 90% more stable than the conventional felt flute pad. If your instrument is subjected to change in temperature or humidity, the pads will remain stable.