Thank you very much dear pied_piper! Your answer was really helpful! Cheers!There are pros and cons to the split E.
Improved 3rd octave E with
- Better response on that note
- Less prone to cracking
- Often, the intonation is improved on the 3rd octave E
A properly designed split E should not weaken the mechanism. Most well-known brands have no issue in this regard. Cheap flutes may exhibit this problem. The Yamaha flutes are well-built and you should have no problem with the split E mechanism.
- Some trills won't work or are impaired
- With inline G mechanism, sometimes there is a tendency for the mechanism to bind slightly (offset G does not have this issue)
Regarding getting used to an offset G, you will find that you can quickly adjust to either inline or offset. I have several flutes. Some are inline, some are offset. Some have Split E, some don't. I can easily switch between any of them. You can too, and it shouldn't take more than a week or so of playing to make the transition...
I hope that helps!
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