The Kingma System®

A Kingma System® flute is, in all respects, a Boehm system flute with a C# trill. All of the normal touch pieces and fingerings are where you would expect them to be. What makes this flute so unique is that, in addition to the standard Boehm mechanism, there are six extra keys. This is made possible through the use of the patented key-on-key system that has been used so successfully on our alto and bass flutes for many years. These keys are used to produce six of the seven quartertones and multiphonic vents which are "missing" on the normal French model flute. The seventh "missing" quartertone is achieved by using the C# trill key together with the normal C key. The other five quartertones are produced by using the normal, open hole keys.

Availability

The Kingma System® was invented in our workshop, in collaboration with Dirk Kuiper. This is a revolutionary system which provides the flautist with many extra possibilities. The Kingma System® is available on all instruments built in our workshop. The Levit Flute Company makes the Levit-Kingma System® C-Flute. The Brannen-Cooper Kingma System® C-Flute is available from Brannen Brothers Flutemakers, Inc. The Kingma System® is also availlable on Sankyoflutes.

Bickford Brannen

The amazing craftmanship and creativity of Bickford Brannen (picture above) helped to bring the concept into wonderfully beautiful and playable instruments.

Kingma System®

Kingma System®

This video explains some characteristics of the Kingma System®.

Kingma System® C-flute

And another videofragment with Matthias Ziegler about the Kingma System®, and also some impressions of the process of building.

Kingma System C-Flute
Videos by Wouter Hasebos
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