Miyazawa Flutes was founded in 1969 by Master Flute-maker Misashi Miyazawa. Mr. Miyazawa built his company on the belief that every flute is a fusion of time-tested traditional techniques and groundbreaking advancements, handcrafted to meet your highest expectations. Miyazawa's consistent quality is matched by a commitment to choice. Your instrument will be customized to match your playing style. You'll find quality in every aspect of a Miyazawa flute including these notable advancements: In the mid 1970s, Mr. Miyazawa joined P.L. West in the United States to innovate in using different silver alloys and a wide variety of headjoint styles, and together they developed the Miyazawa Improved Scale. In 2005, Miyazawa introduced the Brogger System, designed by Danish Flute-maker Johan Brogger. All Miyazawa flutes feature a pinless left hand mechanism and the Brogger System for more stable adjustments and the elimination of binding from traditional pinned mechanisms. Keys are Cold-Forged, which are much stronger and more reliable than keys created through outdated heat-casting methods which compromise metal integrity. Flat-bottom key cups provide a superior, consistent surface where pads are seated. Miyazawa flutes are designed specifically for Straubinger Pads. Not all flute mechanisms have the precision to benefit from these advanced pads. Play a Miyazawa and feel the freedom to communicate your natural musical voice. Miyazawa is more than a flute, it's a community. You'll find Miyazawa flutists wherever you play - throughout the world and close to home.