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In this glossary section, you will find detailed information on our AFP Support Plan, AFP Price Promise, Finance options including the Take it Away Scheme

Additionally, we have included a detailed section on flute specifications.

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Take it Away – Omni Capital Partnership / Glossary Page Info

Choose your new flute and take it away today with ‘Take it Away‘ lower interest rates subsidised loans (for children and young people)

Take it away aims to make musical instruments more accessible to children and young people (up to the age of 25) by providing interest-free loans of up to £5,000.

• Loans can be arranged either in store or by mail order.
• The scheme is open to any UK resident, and is primarily designed to help young people who might otherwise be unable to afford to purchase an instrument appropriate to their needs.

All Flutes Plus in conjunction with ‘Take it Away / Omni Capital Partnership offer:

For a maximum loan amount of £2000 / Minimum £100
– Pay a minimum deposit of 10%
– Then spread the balance over 9 monthly installments completely interest free


For a maximum loan amount of £5000 / Minimum £800
– Pay a minimum deposit of 10%
– Then spread the balance over 18 monthly installments completely interest free

For further details, visit or email
*Typical 0% APR

You must be over 18 to apply for a loan. However, if you are under 18, a parent or guardian may be able to apply for a loan on your behalf.  Don’t forget that whoever applies for the loan will remain legally responsible for the repayments and any terms and conditions that may apply.

Loans are offered subject to status and are available to individuals only.
Offer subject to age and status. Terms and conditions apply. Take it Away is operated by Creative Sector Services CIC, Somerset House, The Strand, London, WC2R 1LA. Tel: 020 7759 1109

At All Flutes Plus, we are committed to providing the very best service and genuine value for money.

We know that price is important to our customers, so we aim to offer really keen prices as well as top class choice and service.  We want to be the first, and last place our customers come for all their flute needs, so we guarantee not to be beaten on price, or service, by our major competitors.

Our Price Promise is simple: If you find a lower advertised price for an identical product, we will at least match it.  If you find a lower price within 7 days after you have purchased from us, we will refund the difference.

Who will we price match?
We match other specialist retailers who have a reasonable commitment to stock, are authorised retailers of the brands they sell, sell genuine products and sell directly to customers from their own premises and their own website, and most importantly offer a decent level of service and after sales backup to their customers.

We will be happy to match the prices of these UK based woodwind retailers who, in our opinion, offer reasonable levels of service and commitment to their product ranges:

  • Ackerman Music
  • Dawkes Music
  • Jonathan Myall Music
  • John Packer Woodwind and Brass
  • TopWind
  • Windstruments
  • Windband
  • Woodwind and Reed
  • The Wind Section

Price Promise conditions: 
We can only match identical items, (including exact specifications), in stock and available for immediate delivery from a listed competitor.  The competitors price must be available to all customers and exclude any VIP or personal discounts or delivery costs. Price matching cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer or discount.   If you would like us to quote for multiple items please contact us.

AFP Support Plan Glossary Page Info
We want you to feel assured that you are purchasing from a retailer who cares about their customers and so, in addition to manufacturers warranties, all new instruments purchased from all flutes plus are covered for one year by our AFP Support Plan!  This means that you’re eligible for the following benefits:

All Flutes Plus Support Plan Assurance Quote

One of our specialist team will test your instrument before it leaves the shop, ensuring that it is playing beautifully and functioning as well as possible.  We check that the mechanism is responding quickly, each pad is seating nicely over the tone-holes, and that each of the joints are fitting together smoothly. Recommended tweaks can usually be made by one of our repairers on the day of purchase.
All Flutes Plus Support Plan - Finely Tuned Quote

Sometimes, no matter how well an instrument is cared for, the mechanism can come out of alignment and adjustments need to be made.  If this should happen within the first year of purchase, these adjustments will be made, free of charge by one of our world-renowned technicians.  If you have any concerns at all, give our workshop a call and they will be happy to advise you on the next step.

All Flutes Plus Support Plan - Personal Service Quote

Towards the end of the first year of owning your flute, contact us to book your flute in for its free end-of-year checkover!  This provides that extra bit of TLC to ensure your flute is kept in the best possible condition.

 *excluding repairs necessary due to damage by misuse or accident.

Specifications Glossary Page Info

ABS Resin
ABS resin is a popular choice for use in some piccolos as it allows for free-blowing and solid tone quality.

Aurumite is a patented fusion of silver and 9 (or) 14k gold tubing. The combination of silver, together with the warm tones of gold are often favoured by the more advanced player.

B or C Footjoint
Most flutes come with a choice of either C or B Footjoint. The C Footjoint is normally the standard issue footjoint. The B Footjoint allows the flautist to play down to a low B and is often a preferred choice for reasons including:

– Repertoire (orchestral repertoire sometimes requires a flute with a low B footjoint)

– Balance of instrument between hands (The extra key creates a little more weight at the bottom end of the flute). With a C Footjoint, the flute is naturally top heavy and with a B Footjoint, the weight distribution is slightly different.

– The longer tube creates more resistance in the upper registers as there is a longer column in which to push the air down.

Closed Holes
Closed holes are keys that are fully covered over and more often found on student models.

Curved Headjoint
Unlike the straight headjoint, the curved headjoint bends around in a ‘u shape’ formation, bringing the flute closer to the player. Curved headjoints allow a player with smaller arms to reach the keywork more comfortably, thus encouraging good posture.

C# Sharp Trill Key
The versatile C# trill key simplifies many awkward trill and tremolo fingerings and can greatly improve pitch and tone clarity. In particular, the C# Trill key is useful for trill and intonation control between B to C# / C to C# / Top F# to G# /High G to A-flat / High G to A  and High A-flat to B-flat

D# & C# Rollers
These rollers allow for greater ease of movement of the right hand 4th finger between the low D#, C# and C keys on the footjoint.

Drawn Toneholes
The toneholes are ‘drawn’ directly from the tubing of the flute itself, which tends to create a free, flexible, less resistant flute, giving the player the feeling of a lighter sound overall.

E Ring
An e ring can be fitted into an inline model flute and provides a less expensive alternative and a more secure E in the upper register.

G-A Trill Key
The G-A trill key is located next to the D trill key. When pressed, it activates two additional trill keys on the back of the flute which results in the G-A Trill being easier to play.

Gizmo Key
The Gizmo key (also known as the ‘High C Facilitator) is situated on the footjoint and allows for improved intonation of the note ‘C4’. Most B footjoints come with a Gizmo key as standard.

Gold Plated
With the added weight of Gold plating, a difference to the overall tone can be audible due to the enhancement of the lower harmonics of the sound.

Grenadilla Wood
Grenadilla Wood (also known as ‘Black Wood’) is a popular choice of wood in the making of wind instruments due to the open, round sound that it allows the player to create.

Heavy Wall
Heavy wall refers to the thickness of the tubing – 018″ (0.45mm). A heavy wall flute tends to be more resistant but can give a player more depth of sound.

High G# Facilitator
When the G# lever is pressed on a piccolo, it half-closes the thumb key mechanism making high G# easier to play.

Inline G
The Inline G key is positioned in direct line with the other keys on the flute.

Key Arms
Key Arms connect the flute keys to the flute rod. In the case of French-style pointed key arms, the arm extends into the centre of the key, giving extra fortification and strength.

Kingma System
The Kingma System was invented and patented by Eva Kingma and comprises a Boehm system flute together with specialised extra keys, enabling the production of quarter-tone notes.

The lip-plate attaches to the main body tube of the headjoint and can be made of variety of materials including metal and wood. The lip-plate is a part of the flute that you put against your lip, and through the production of air across the headjoint, sound is produced.

The NEL is built into the Sankyo flute tube in the lower G tonehole making the opening smaller. It facilitates a high E that speaks easily without the conventional split-E mechanism. The NEL is standard on all Sankyo flutes.

Offset G
The G key is not ‘inline’ with the surrounding keys of the left hand, which tends to be a popular choice for many players, as it allows for greater comfort with the hand position.

Open holes
Open holes (Also known as French or Ring key) are often the preferred choice of more advanced players / players above student level. Open hole keys quite literally have a hole in the centre of the key which can be found on the A, G, F, E and D Keys. Open holes encourage better hand positioning and also enables the player to use ‘extended’ techniques such as multiphonics and note slides.

PCM is a composite material used exclusively by Miyazawa, containing mainly silver and copper with a small amount of palladium. This type of alloy offers the player a brighter timbre / tonal control with more immediate articulation.

Pinless Mechanism
With less open entry points in the mechanism of the flute, the amount of body acids and perspiration that can enter and interfere with the mechanism is greatly reduced by pinless mechanism.

Pointed Key Arms
Pointed Key Arms (Also known as French-style) extend into the centre of the key, giving extra fortification / strength.

Reform headjoints (also known as ‘profiled’ or ‘wave’), refer to the way in which the wood is profiled around the embouchure hole. Many players tend to find that this type of headjoint aids the ease of articulation.

This is the part of the headjoint which links the lip-plate to the tube and can be made from a variety of materials including silver, gold and platinum. The riser is the first point of contact between the airstream and the flute and can have a positive impact on the quality of tone production.

Silver Plated
Most modern flutes are silver plated as opposed to nickel plating, as the latter can feel slippery and causes allergies.

Split E Mechanism
The split E mechanism  divides the action of the upper and lower G keys, permitting the lower G key to close when high E is played. Closing the lower G key and fingering high E decreases venting and brings more stability to the note with a faster response. This mechanism employs a separate rod and must be made on the flute during the manufacturing process. It ensures tonal stability of the high E, secure attacks and smooth slurs between the third octave A and E.

Standard Wall or Heavy Wall Tubing
Standard or Heavy wall tubing refers to the thickness of the tube of the flute. A silver flute with standard wall thickness (or medium wall) tends to have a brilliant, responsive sound. It is especially well suited for players who blow with a more gentle airstream and/or an extremely compact airstream. A silver flute with heavy wall tubing tends to have a darker, more powerful sound. This is generally well suited for flutists who put a high volume of air through the flute and/or uses a fast airstream when playing. The increased resistance of the tubing compliments players who tend to overpower a thinner walled flute, bringing ease of response with rich color.

Gold is a more dense material than silver, thus the tubing thicknesses are not as heavy. Because of the density of the material, gold flutes tend to have a darker, warmer sound.

Soldered toneholes are crafted independently of the flute and then soldered on to the tubing. The increase of weight to the flute (due to soldering) can give more resistance to the sound and some players prefer the dark timbres that can be created because of this.

Undercut Tone Holes
Undercut tone holes are bevelled so that the flow of air through the instrument is met with less resistance due to the synchronicity between the tone holes and tubing.

.925 Silver
.925 is Sterling silver and contains 92.5% silver content.

.958 Silver
.958 contains 95.8% pure silver and is also known as ‘Britannia Silver’

.997 Silver
.997 contains the highest purity content of silver.