Mini - African Blackwood
Aged African Blackwood body & headjoint, Hand-made solid sterling silver mechanism with French-style pointed arms, Cylindrical bore body with tapered headjoint, special scale design (patent pending), enlarged toneholes for increased ventilation and greater tone projection, Nagahara Thumb key design, B-footjoint with the NEW B-key touch system extending range down to low B, Half closing thumb key system, high G# facilitator, Hand-made custom pad design, Left Hand pinless mechanism, Precision tenon fitting design. Includes an M1 style headjoint - the most traditional headjoint style available for the Mini with a flat surface and hand cut embouchure hole. Moderately resistant with nice texture in the sound.

The Nagahara Mini - It's Not a Piccolo!

At last - the  Nagahara Mini  has arrived with a revolutionary new design bound to change the way you think about the piccolo! After nearly twenty years  of  research and experimentation, the Nagahara Flutes staff developed an instrument with improved dynamic contrast, better blending capabilities, an extended range, and much more! Whether you are an orchestral player, member of a flute or woodwind ensemble, or a soloist, the Mini is the perfect choice - raising the bar and setting  new musical standards for the Piccolo!

The concept of the Mini emerged from the desire to have an instrument that would be closer to what we see as the original intention of the piccolo: a miniature flute.

Traditionally, flutes are made with a cylindrical bore profile on the body and tapered headjoint, while piccolos are made essentially the opposite way - with a tapered body profile that narrows down towards the foot section. Although having a conical shape on the piccolo allows for an easy tone production on the top register, the lower register is often weak and limited. This bore design also makes the intonation tendencies on the piccolo opposite from the flute, making it difficult to control and adjust during ensemble playing (especially if the piccolo is not your main instrument). The traditional conical shape also limits the amount of air that can flow through the instrument, creating pressure known to stress and tire the lips after long practice sessions, and often affects the player’s flute embouchure as well. These  issues have all been improved in the design of the New Nagahara Mini!

The Nagahara Mini was created with a slight taper on the headjoint and an enlarged cylindrical body, allowing it to play more like a flute. The   innovative B-footjoint design extends the range of the low register  down to b4 using a patented key mechanism system called the “B-key touch”. This special design keeps the low B-key closed  unless playing low C# or C, giving the effect of a "permanent" gizmo key (just like a flute!) for improved intonation and greater ease of tone production in the upper register.

Additionally, Kanichi Nagahara developed a new scale for the Mini including an increase in the diameter of the tonehole size making them  more than twice as big as those found on a traditional Piccolo. The extra ventilation expands the possibilities of musical expression , offering a wider range of dynamic contrast and broader tone color palette.

A new milestone in the history of the flute has been reached with the creation of the Mini. Join us in this great adventure and make a big difference with a Nagahara Mini!