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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.
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.
The split E also referred to as E mechanism divides the action of the upper and lower G keys, permitting the lower G to close when the third octave E natural is played. This mechanism can dramatically improve the response and ensures tonal stability of the high E, secure attacks, and smooth slurs between the third octave A and E.
This clever device allows the player to switch the E mechanism on or off. There are various alternative trill fingerings which do not work with a fixed E mech top G# to A being one. This gives the option of either/or - a clever feature originally introduced by Albert Cooper.
An effective, economical alternative to the split E, this donut-shaped ring inserted into the lower G tone-hole improves the response of the flute’s high E without adversely affecting other notes. The high E facilitator can be added to any flute at any time and can also be removed later if desired.
All models are available with your choice of inline, semi or fully offset G keys to provide the most comfortable left wrist and hand position. There are no pitch or tonal differences.
Only very few manufacturers offer a semi offset G which in our opinion is the perfect compromise and usually suits both inline and offset players. The main benefit structurally over inline is that both the fully and semi offset options offer the two extra pillar points for a strong and secure mechanism.
For many years, inline G was perceived as the go too for the “professional” player while offset G was associated with “student” flutes. While these stereotypes no longer exist, there is still some debate over which design is superior. Ultimately, this comes down to personal choice and which option feels more comfortable to the individual player.