Handcrafted Japanese Mateki Flute - suitable for intermediate players and seasoned professionals.
Beautiful Mateki Flute, handmade with original Watanabe head joint
This is fine example of a handmade flute from the renowned Japan maker, Mateki.
It has the original headjoint made by S. Watanabe. It is an open hole model with offset G, split E and a C foot. This flute was one of the very last ones produced by Mateki's master craftsman Takeuchi.
It is a model MO-002 (the earlier version of the current M021) which has a .925 sterling silver headjoint and silver/nickel body and foot with beautiful silver plating.
Watanabe and Seuchi (Speedy) Tanaka were both craftsman employed at Muramatsu. They left Muramatsu to form their own flute company (Takumi) which only lasted a few years. It appears that while Watanbe wanted to produce a limited number of great handmade flutes each year, Tanaka was more focused on higher production. The two went their separate ways with Tanaka starting the Altus flute company and Watanbe forming Mateki. The master craftsman Takeuchi opted to stay with Watanabe to continue to concentrate on great sounding, handmade flutes. The name Mateki is Japanese for "Magic Flute".
The Mateki has a wonderful tone and colour. Not as bright and piercing as a Prima Sankyo, but more brilliant than the darker tone of the Muramatsu. I would say it is on par with vintage Miyazawa flutes.
This flute has wonderful tone and projection through all registers. It plays the lower register with a minimal amount of wind and the high register notes are crisp and clear. This flute will take a student to Grade 8 and beyond, or is perfect for a seasoned doubler.
All second-hand instruments have been fully cleaned and serviced, tested and sanitised through our workshop, and come with a 6 month guarantee on parts and regulation.
Would you like some advice about which instrument is right for you? Contact our resident flute specialist and technician Jo Bridgman HERE and she can help with any questions and offer personalised suggestions.
All new instruments come with a minimum 24 month warranty on repairs and we will take care of all servicing and cleaning within the first 12 months upon request. All second hand instruments come with a 6 month guarantee from the date of purchase.
Consortium Music is owned and operated by a team of specialist Brass and Woodwind repair technicians, we are a full service workshop from general maintenance to major repairs and custom builds. Whether you are local or interstate, we can advise you on the best way to get your instrument here for specialist care.
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