|24K gold Miyazawa w/14K mechanism!|
Speaking of gold, it seems that gold flutes have become what Sankyo is most closely associated with in the minds of those who love them...nearly every major player around the world who plays a Sankyo plays a gold one (or a wooden one, which I'll get to in a bit). Over the years, Sankyo has produced flutes in a wide variety of gold alloys, one of the most popular of which was their now-discontinued 5K gold, which was then plated in a double layer of 18K rose gold. I can only surmise that Sankyo discontinued that flute because it was so affordable and fantastic that it bit into the sales figures of the higher-karat gold models. (I have also heard over the years that there may have been some occasional issues with the integrity of the gold plating over the 5K body, but those reports have been few and far between. I do wonder, though, what the 5K gold would have looked like on its own without the rich 18K red gold over it. Perhaps just a hint of a pale blush champagne against the stark white gleam of the sterling mechanism? I guess we'll never know!)
|The G10 Mateki!|
The design elements of the flute are quite lovely, with a redesigned thumb key and a beautiful scalloped crown, and the key cups themselves are quite elegant, with a very French-throwback feel to them.