The Sankyo name can be divided into two Japanese words: SAN+KYO, where SAN means “three” and KYO which translates to “sound.” Thus, the “three sounds” is the foundation and represents the three founders and their pursuit of the essence of music: the intangible connections between craftsman–musician–audience. Sankyo flutes hold a secret within their walls. The extraordinary sound of a flute will come to life when it is played and loved by someone who matches it. That special connection of flute and flutist is the pride of Sankyo Flutes.
Sankyo Flutes currently offers 3 different headjoint styles: The "RT Cut," the "ST Cut," and the "FT Cut."
The RT Cut, the most popular Sankyo headjoint style, is a modified version of the original Sankyo wave-style lip plate design. It is characterized by a full, dark, strong tone with impressive clarity and secure response. The RT Cut provides the freedom to achieve a very solid, powerful sound with an endless capacity for the airstream.
The ST Cut features a rich variety of tone colors, warmth and expression. The depth of sound is exceptional, allowing for spin and projection with smooth fluidity.
The FT Cut is known for its balanced resonance, providing consistency between the registers. The FT Cut is responsive and reliable with crisp and clean articulation.