If you have been perusing flute options any time recently, you have probably noticed that there are SO many options! I have tried to highlight some of these in the blog, as I know that it can be totally overwhelming. One customization that has been getting more attention recently is a variety of body tubing thickness.
Sterling silver tubing is made in several thicknesses, typically ranging from 0.014″ to 0.018″. Many semi-professional flute brands offer a standard tubing thickness of 0.38mm (approximately 0.015″) and heavy-wall tubing thickness of 0.45mm (approximately 0.018″). Medium-wall (standard) tubing provides a brilliant, responsive sound with plenty of color and flexibility. It is especially well suited for players who blow with a more gentle airstream and/or an extremely compact airstream. The sound and response of the flute may be customized with different headjoint cuts and materials such as gold or platinum risers to bring a darker or brighter quality to the flute.
Heavy-wall tubing, by contrast, provides a darker, more powerful sound. This sterling tubing is generally well suited for flutists who put a high volume of air through the flute and/or uses a fast airstream when playing. The increased resistance of the tubing compliments players who tend to overpower a thinner walled flute, bringing ease of response with rich color. Again, the sound may be customized with different headjoint cuts and materials.
The IFS has a variety of brands and models with medium and heavy-wall tubing, so stop by sometime to hear the difference for yourself!
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