The Pronomos Flute
What does it do?
For anyone wishing to push the musical boundaries of the flute to their limits whether through Western contemporary music, jazz, or the music from a host of other cultures, this is a truly universal instrument. In addition to a complete range of ¼ tones the instrument allows full independence of all holes; those normally covered by a slave key via clutches such as the G and B holes (footnote 1) are given independence by having separately covered duplicate holes (rather like the normal closed G# arrangement). This means that a staggering number of previously impossible combinations of keys becomes available and it is this extraordinary acoustic flexibility which lets the player emulate the sounds of perhaps a Japanese Shakuhachi, or an Arabian Ney flute or Indian Bansuri flute with comparative ease. Note that this independence is optional: all the usual clutches are still there, so the flute can be played conventionally when desired.
It uses an ordinary headjoint.
“.....the independence of the Pronomos keys makes possible every method of playing bringing out qualities that are universal and timeless. We may say that the Pronomos flute is not a contemporary instrument but one outside the bounds of time that is far ahead of the moment of its creation. Without doubt it will be the definitive instrument for flautists. The new system and the possibilities inherent therein are applicable to every kind of music. They are therefore a temptation to any creative and imaginative flautist…..” Julian Elvira - translated from the Spanish.
1. I am following the standard system for the naming of tone holes and keys. A normally-closed key has the same name as its tone hole, whereas an open-standing key is named according to the note sounded when it is closed, ie a semi-tone lower than its tone hole name.