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RenzowithdaBenzo
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Miyazawa flutes

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Im just curious, but has anyone here played or owned a Miyazawa flute? Do the straubinger pads and brogger system make much of a difference? What were your opinions on the instrument overall?

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RenzowithdaBenzo wrote:Im just curious, but has anyone here played or owned a Miyazawa flute? Do the straubinger pads and brogger system make much of a difference? What were your opinions on the instrument overall?
The PB202 is sweetly lyrical - ideal for french school - even with the nonBroggers, the mechanism is sweet -light and responsive - a dream to play and definitely noticeably a few steps up from the mass produced student flutes. Tone is not as full bodied as a Muramatsu even the EX but nevertheless, very very lovely. You get to choose your headjoint from a fleet of them rather than the stock standard one. Quality built for sure. But not everyone likes them.
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I own a Miyazawa Legacy 1E. I love it, and that is why I on play it. There is really nothing more to say. From a technical stand point, what is flute is made of, or how it is made has little to do with what you prefer to play on. Just play on it and see if you like it or not.

It is a good quality flute. I like the head joints they offer. If you decide to buy it, you can't go wrong buying one.

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As far as construction goes, they're rock solid. From a tech's perspective I've heard that they have some of the strongest mechanisms on the market (though I haven't tested that rumor myself). My Miyazawa has a partial Brogger system on it sort of. My friend Lauren is a tech at Miyazawa and she took a look at it and thought it was a version from when they were going from pinned to pinless mechanisms. Whatever. I like it.

Straubinger pads: you either love them or hate them. I used to hate them. Now I love them.

Brogger Mech: not exclusive to Miyazawa (Brannen has it too). Pinless mechanisms aren't uncommon in high end flutes. I actually like the factory default feel of the Pearl pinless mechanism the best (though that may have been of Joe's doing), but at the end of the day I still prefer the custom things I did to my Miyazawa. I refit/swedged the keys to a really tight fit, changed the oil I was using, lightened the spring tension on the keys a LOT, and then lined the supporting posts with teflon so that there is almost no friction on the trill rods. My flute feels WAY different than most of the flutes that come straight from the maker.

There was a comment about the sound not being as full as Muramatsu. Is the grass really greener? It's a matter of personal anatomy, style, taste, and skill level. I sound fuzzy and muffled on Muramatsu headjoints with absolutely no power. With some effort I can make them work, but it's extremely difficult. They're all great, but everyone is different. :D

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Fluteguy18's address on the comment about tonal differences between miyazawa v muramatsu coming down to individual prefs and physiological differences

...quite right. Thanks for the reminder.

I have both, as I need all the help I can get - but mine are apples and oranges metal wise.

For my build, the mura is certainly more rrrrrObust (could be because it's full silver) whilst the miya (solid hj) is fluttery sweet. :mrgreen:
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