900/800 Series Handmade Flutes

900 Series

Model Toneholes Key Types Key Systems Split E Mechanism Case Case Bag
YFL-917 Soldered and Undercut Covered Keys Offset G Included FLC-97CL FLB-95Ⅱ
YFL-977 Ring Keys Included FLC-97CS
YFL-987 In-line -
YFL-997 Included
  • All models are available with a B footjoint; add H to the model number when ordering.

Material Combination for Gold Flutes

Model Type A Type B Type C Type
Body, Head &Footjoint Gold 14k Gold 14k Gold 14k
Rings, Posts & Ribs Silver Gold 14k Gold 14k
Key Mechanism Silver Silver Gold 14k
  • 14k can be upgraded to 18k as an optional extra.
    Yamaha Handmade gold flutes are unplated for a beautiful natural appearance and a full-bodied tonal resonance.



Soldered and Undercut

Soldered toneholes with undercut inner edges give a strong sound with a lot of 'life' in the tone.

Key Types

Covered (or Plateau) keys are easy to use. The pad cup is covered so it will seal the tonehole any time the key is closed. This is common with beginners or others who may not always press the center of the key.

Many advanced players prefer the open feel of Ring keys for subtle control of their tone. Intermediate and Standard model French system flutes come with key plugs to seal the hole until players have become adept at covering the holes with their fingers.

Covered Keys

Ring (French) Keys

Key Systems

Many players find the Offset G configuration easier to play. Often teachers recommend that beginners start on these flutes, while more and more advanced players are also choosing this natural feeling configuration. Many advanced students and professionals, though, still prefer the traditional In-line formation where all the toneholes are in a straight row.


Offset G

Split E Mechanism

Split E Mechanism

This key helps give more stability and better centered intonation to the high E.


The B footjoint has an extra key enabling the player to play 1/2 step lower than the lowest note of the C foot. It also affects the sound; B footjoint enables a darker, stronger sound with good projection, while C footjoint has flexible, warmer tone.

B Footjoint

C Footjoint