All Nagahara Flutes are made by hand in Chelmsford, Massachusetts, using a combination of the Traditional Boston craftsmanship technique and Japanese ingenuity. Each and every Nagahara flute features soldered toneholes, French-style pointed arms, the patented Nagahara Thumb Key, the Nagahara Pinless Mechanism and a custom, hand-cut headjoint. All headjoints are exclusively made by founder and owner of Nagahara Flutes, Kanichi Nagahara.
Nagahara offers three distinct flute models: the Standard , Full Concert, and Galway models:
The Standard model comes with the Nagahara Scale, the Nagahara Pinless mechanism, the special thumb key design and the standard dimensions used by flute makers worldwide.
The Full Concert model feature an enlarged bore and toneholes size, elongated headjoint for greater taper, and the “Nagahara FC System” scale all designed by Kanichi Nagahara. It is a revolutionary design offered exclusively by Nagahara Flutes enabling improvements in tone, resonance, dynamic range, and intonation control. This model also features the Nagahara Pinless mechanism and thumb key design.
Just like the Maestro’s instrument, the Galway model flute includes the following features: a Galway model headjoint, No Gizmo Key(added upon request), Nagahara Pinless mechanism, and the Wearless Mechanism (Type II). A special key design was also created for this model, enhancing finger grip over the key-cups and adding an extra touch of elegance.
Not all material / model combinations are offered, but FCNY's website does accurately reflect which combinations are possible. Additional custom options available include: underslung Split-E mechanism, C# trill, High E Facilitator (H.E.F.), D# roller, Wearless Mechanism installation, a wide range of tubing and mechanism alloys, Pitch (A=440, A=442, or A=444), and custom engravings.