What are the cons to the Altus z-cut headjoint on the Azumi AZ2?

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What are the cons to the Altus z-cut headjoint on the Azumi AZ2?

Post by Bob_Forever »

I've been looking for a step-up flute recently. One flute in particular has caught my eye, the Azumi AZ2. One of the flutes chief selling points and one that interests me is the professional grade altus head joint. My question is what are the benefits of this head joint and cut? What may be the consequences? Can a professional head joint hinder a beginner by being too challenging to use? And finally what do I lose from a more common cut?

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Re: What are the cons to the Altus z-cut headjoint on the Azumi AZ2?

Post by SylvreKat »

Sounds like it's a good flute for moving up. Here's WWBW's description--

Designed by Altus founder and flutemaker Shuichi Tanaka, Azumi flutes are a perfect fit for the serious student and aspiring flutist. The most distinct feature of all Azumi flutes is the Altus Z-cut professional headjoint which responds quickly and easily and produces a full and rich tone in all three registers. All Azumi flutes feature pointed key arms for an elegant and refined look, improved key strength, and even pad wear. The Altus/Bennett scale makes these flutes effortless to play in tune. The Azumi Intermediate line flutes are perfect for the student who has distinguished him or herself as a committed musician. This is a step-up instrument, shy of professional in terms of features, but well shy in terms of price. The Azumi AZ2SRB is at the heart of the Azumi Intermediate line.

Will you get to test-play it before actually committing to purchasing it? That's the best way to see how this head joint works with your style. If not, I suggest checking with a different dealer.

Flutes:1975 Gemeinhardt M2 in chrome nickel;1982 Armstrong 80;2006 Yamaha 584

Piccs:1978 Artley piece of crap 15 P;1982 Gemeinhardt 4S;1980s? Armstrong all wood (no model)

Bass:2006 Jupiter di Medici G0199
Treble:2009 Guo New Voice

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