The Sankyo Flute Company was founded by skilled craftsmen who had the simple desire to create flutes of uncompromising quality. Even the smallest parts of Sankyo flutes that cannot be seen are so beautifully crafted that they are like works of art. The word Sankyo means in Japanese "The Three Sounds" and the Sankyo trademark reflects the triangle formed by its three founders, emphasizing the sound as the essence of the music. Acclaimed throughout the world for beauty of tone and evenness of technique, each instrument is made for you in mind.
Sankyo-Kingma System: Invented by Eva Kingma, the revolutionary Kingma System provides expanded capabilities with a full quartertone scale as well as complete multiphonic venting. Standard fingerings remain the same through non-use of the additional six keys, so it can be played as a traditional Boehm flute. This mechanical design offers many new possibilities including tonal shading, exceptional control of pitch even with extreme dynamics, and accessibility to increasingly popular contemporary and non-western types of music. Through collaboration with Eva Kingma, Sankyo is proud to be one of the elite flutemakers capable of offering the innovative Kingma System. The Kingma System is available as an option on Sankyo Flutes, pricing is available by request.
The headjoint and embouchure hole are considered the most important parts of the flute, since they enable the flutist to produce and control the sound. With Sankyo headjoints both edges of the embouchure have been slightly rounded and the plate height and embouchure have been altered to allow for a larger and richer variety of tones. Sankyo has designed three styles of headjoints to suit the preference of each flutist.
The FT headjoint style is designed to offer a stable and an even sound quality across the registers.
The ST-2 headjoint is the variation of the Classic Sankyo design Standard lip plate. Featuring a very rich breadth of tonal color and ease of control, combined with a well-balanced resonance between all registers.
The RT-1 is a design variations on the modern Sankyo original lip plate. This headjoint features deeper tone colors in lower register and an impressive response across the registers with the original lip plate.
Sankyo Silver Series
Sankyo Pure Silver
Sankyo Gold Series
24K Gold, Platinum and Kingma System pricing available upon request.
*The high E facilitator (NEL) is included on models without the Split E mechanism as indicated at no extra charge.