FOOTJOINT: B or C
Flutes come with the option of either C or to low B footjoints The B foot extends the range of the flute down to low B. As a result, the footjoint is lengthened by approximately 1 inch. While the low B is increasingly used in contemporary repertoire, Ian Clarke – Robert Dick – Tilmann Dehnhard to name a few popular composers. The extension of the tube has other effects as well. The longer tube creates more resistance in the extreme registers, having a longer air column to “push.” Some see this as having a positive impact while others prefer the ease of response on a C foot.
To counteract the additional resistance of the B footjoint, the high C facilitator (commonly referred to as the “gizmo key”) closes the low B tone-hole to improve the response of the 4th octave C. The high C facilitator or Gizmo key is standard on every Wessel B footjoint.
B/C Conversion footjoint:
This is a very neat option on Wessel flutes which gives the player the best of both worlds. One foot joint which can be easily converted from C to B foot and back again in a matter of seconds. Well worth considering.
Prefer a lighter flute? Use the C footjoint. Have a piece that requires low B? Attach the extension. The issue of should I buy a flute with a B or C footjoint? Problem solved – Have both.