The Galway Flute Model
For the last eight years, Kanichi Nagahara and the Nagahara Flutes staff has been fortunate to be collaborating with Sir James Galway in a variety of project. Sir James has been a great influence and inspiration to the company and to honor him we decided to make a special flute model named after him, the Galway Flute Model.
Because he is known as “the Man with the Golden Flute”, Mr. Nagahara decided to offer the Galway model flute with gold tubing, but with the options to have the toneholes and the mechanism in either silver or gold.
The Galway model flute has a special key cup designed with raised ridges made to enhance the grip and comfort of the mechanism. The overall design of the mechanism has also been changed to be more detailed with elegant curves in the back-connectors and an angle on the french arm of the G# key.
Innovations that are upgrades to the Standard and Full Concert models have already been incorporated in the Galway model such as the Nagahara Pinless mechanism and the Wearless mechanism (type II). The Gizmo key is optional as Sir James prefers and recommends not to have this key in his instruments.
Additionally, the Galway headjoint was designed with a special cut and lipplate curvature made to enhance the performance of any player, matching the highest standard for which Sir James and Nagahara Flutes are know for.
As Kanichi Nagahara says, the Galway model is truly a “milestone” in his career, and we are glad to be offering such great instrument to flutists around the world!