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Sankyo headjoints are available in a wide variety of tubing materials including 24k, 18k, 14k and 10k gold as well as 997 Pure Silver, 950 silver and sterling silver. The headjoint riser is where the airstream makes its initial contact with the flute; therefore, the riser material will impact the tonal palette and response. Additionally, the riser is what connects the lip plate to the tube. Riser options include 24k, 18k, 14k gold and platinum. Lip plate options, which further enhance the riser effects, include 24k, 18k and 14k gold.
Headjoint Cuts:FT - Flat Top: mixes characteristics of both ST and RT cuts. Strong throughout, especially in the high register. The FT has a consistency of tone and response through all registers. The articulation is crisp and clean. This headjoint is responsive and reliable.
ST-2 - Standard lip plate with a riser that balances the full range. The ST-2 is warm and expressive. It has depth and focus, giving it great projection. It moves between the registers with smooth fluidity.
RT-1 - Round Top: modern design lip plate that aims for a quick response and strong low register coupled with a riser that favors the low register. The RT headjoints have the original Sankyo modified wave style lip plate. These headjoints are dark and powerful with an especially strong low register. There are subtle differences between the RT-1 and RT-2, especially with the feel of the upper register. (Formerly know as the NRS-1)
Some metal combinations are considered special order only. Please contact us for more information.