Split-E Mechanism...what is it?

Basics of Flute Playing, Tone Production and Fingerings, Using Metronomes, Scales, Tone, Studies, etc.

Moderators: Classitar, pied_piper, Phineas

Post Reply
Posts: 65
Joined: Wed Mar 02, 2005 10:23 pm
Location: Pleasanton

Split-E Mechanism...what is it?

Post by amhso » Wed May 25, 2005 5:37 pm

I like the Sonare 7000 series, and may be purchasing one. On the features list, it says split E mechanism.....what does that do..or atleast what is it?

User avatar
Posts: 169
Joined: Mon Dec 15, 2003 11:55 pm

Post by embum79 » Wed May 25, 2005 9:28 pm

The split E makes your high E come out effortlessly, and more in tune. Not exactly sure how it works. It's usually an extra expense, but if it comes with your flute, wonderful! There's also the high-E facilitator, which is like this little "donut" that is put inside the tone hole that helps the high E somehow, but the effect isn't as great as with the split E. A facilitator can be installed on any flute, but the split-E usually is made with the flute.

Posts: 882
Joined: Fri Dec 10, 2004 11:05 pm

Post by fluttiegurl » Wed May 25, 2005 10:09 pm

Something else to consider:

The split E has some disadvantages that the high E facilitator does not. On some flutes, it can cause adjustment issues from time to time. It also adds some extra weight to the flute. For some players, this can be an issue. Some notes in the higher register may be a bit out of tune (as I have experienced) and some alternate fingerings - trills - won't work.

Just a few things to ponder.

Posts: 65
Joined: Wed Mar 02, 2005 10:23 pm
Location: Pleasanton

Post by amhso » Wed May 25, 2005 11:54 pm

Oh okay. Well that's good news because on my YFL-221 high E is a pain... And the Split E is an extra expense (I think around 300 dollars for my particular model, but my family knows a music shop owner who always gets us atleast 40% off the instruments). Thanks!

Posts: 251
Joined: Wed Apr 27, 2005 7:59 pm

Post by Claiken » Mon Jun 06, 2005 11:54 am

maybe i should get one of those someday... my high E now is horrendously painful (im just on a student model now)

Posts: 2
Joined: Fri Oct 14, 2005 9:21 am

Post by tootieflootie » Fri Oct 21, 2005 2:44 pm

I hate to bring up an old subject, but I just came upon this link and found it extremely helpful. Maybe some people are still wondering about this topic and it might help! http://www.miyazawa.com/articles/other1.htm

User avatar
Posts: 47
Joined: Mon Nov 08, 2004 5:31 pm
Location: New Jersey

Post by juneroses » Sat Oct 22, 2005 9:05 pm

I have a high E falicitator and it works beautifully and it's a very inexpensive alternate and it's a very quick installation too. It's also easy to put the E in tune if you try removing your pinky and focus the air across the air rather than into it.

Posts: 18
Joined: Fri Nov 18, 2005 7:33 pm

Post by CaperFlutist » Fri Nov 18, 2005 7:38 pm

I have a split e facilitator on my Powell and I love it:)

Post Reply