What is a flat key?

NIK   Thu Jul 26, 2007 3:00 am GMT
What is a flat key, which is used to operate a Yale lock? Thanks!
beneficii   Thu Jul 26, 2007 3:32 am GMT
Never heard of it.* What do you think it could be? If you're talking about Yale, then maybe it's a key that is issued by the University for getting into the dorm rooms instead. Maybe you should ask Yale?

*Yet another English sentence that doesn't need a subject.
beneficii   Thu Jul 26, 2007 3:40 am GMT
Though in piano, I was also thinking of a flat key -> flat note, meaning one semitone below the so-marked note. B-flat is one semitone below B, for example.
George   Thu Jul 26, 2007 6:48 am GMT
A flat key is a modern type of key that is flat with serrated edges, used throughout much of the world today. It was invented by Linus Yale, Jr. in 1860 for use on his patented cylinder pin-tumbler lock.


Prior to Yale's invention, keys were usually dowel-shaped and ornately designed.

NIK   Thu Jul 26, 2007 7:58 am GMT
Appreciate your valuable information and link,George!~
Simon Cowell   Thu Jul 26, 2007 12:46 pm GMT
Most of the people who turn up to auditions sing in a flat key. Sometimes I have to pull my pants over my ears or stuff rolls of Dollar bills in them to blot it out.