Although there is additional material for the key mechanism, it really does not change the weight of the flute overall. Our Repair Technician, Rachel, tells us that this left hand low B key is not as common today as it was in earlier decades. Aside from this key, Rachel mentioned that she has also seen a left hand low C# -- but flutes with these left hand pinky keys are a pretty rare occurrence in her shop today.
|Left hand low B is below to the G#.|
|Left hand low B is built into the low B mechanism.|
|Close-up on the bridging lever portion of the mechanism.|
|Close-up on left hand low B key.|
|Additional posts (and ribs) are at the top and bottom of this mechanism.|
|Front close-up on the footjoint.|