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  • Altus Headjoint

    General - Altus Headjoint

    Renowned for producing the trademark Altus sound, Altus handcrafted headjoints are offered with three different cuts and a variety of tubing material.

    The Altus Classic Cut – Known for producing the classic Altus sound, the Classic Cut provides warmth with a pure tonal center and excellent projection with flexibility and an infinite color palette.

    The Altus Z-Cut™ – Has an open and free sound with a darker tonal color. The Z-Cut™ has a more rectangular embouchure hole with minimum over and undercutting, producing a quick response without sacrificing flexibility and control.

    The Altus V-Cut – is capable of producing exceptional depth without sacrificing flexibility. The V-Cut is one of Altus most powerful headjoints, and features a high front wall and steep angled lip plate.

    Models and Pricing

    Description Price
    .925 Sterling silver $1365
    .958 Britannia silver $1595
    .958 Britannia silver Seamed $1995
    .997 Pure Silver $2100
    .946 Altus Limited Seamed (Altus Silver™) $2310
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    Upgrades

    Upgrade Price
    14k gold riser $700
    14k gold lip and riser $1785
    Medium Heavy Wall (.40mm)* $50
    Heavy Wall (.43mm)* $75
    18k Gold Atsui Plating $1260
    Platinum Atsui Plating $1995

    * Not available on .958 Britannia Silver Seamed, .997 Pure Silver or .946 Altus Silver™

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  • Brannen Brothers Headjoints

    Brannen Brothers Headjoints are based on the research and designs of their late Vice President emeritus, Albert Cooper. Each model listed can be ordered in one of the headjoint styles described below.

    Headjoint Cuts

    Epoch

    This headjoint is the most projecting and responsive style of the Brannen headjoint styles and the least resistant.

    Modern Cooper

    This headjoint is powerful, free-blowing and extremely responsive, especially in the low register. It covers a wide range of tone colors.

    Modified Cooper

    This headjoint is a combination of Classic Cooper and Modern Cooper elements. It is responsive with a full tonal color palette. It offers slightly more resistance than the Modern Cooper Style.

     

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  • Burkart Headjoint

    General - Burkart Headjoint

    Lillian Burkart has an international reputation for headjoints that spans decades. Her devotion to her loyal clientele has converted many Burkart headjoint players into Burkart flute players.

    By listening to the needs of flutists, Burkart has developed an awareness of changes in players' sensibilities regarding sound production and response. This awareness drives the design of the headjoint. The Burkart design allows for flexibility in embouchure cut, enabling our headjoint maker to meet the varying demands and tastes of all players.

    Whether your need is for a powerful, rich headjoint with projection in the orchestral environment, or a sweet and intimate sound for chamber music, the appropriate headjoint is made at Burkart.

    A wide selection of metals and geometries allows us to offer the player a palate of timbral colors. These include silver, gold and platinum tubes, multiple choices of riser and lip plate material and choice of style (cut).

    Cut Description
    S4 This embouchure, derived from a traditional style, produces a pure, warm sound. It is noted for its flexibility in air stream direction and expressiveness, evenness in all three octaves, and effortless articulation. The stability and ease of play allow for nuances within a wide pallet of color for a sound full of brilliant richness and depth.
    M2 This unique cut is Lillian Burkart's most innovative. The air stream is quickly excited and the player achieves exceptional response and projection. The embouchure shape focuses the tone, resulting in a clear, clean, and very directed flute sound. All three octaves have a ringing resonance and a dark core. The M2 model provides an unprecedented dynamic range and powerful low register.

    Models and Pricing

    Description Price
    Sterling silver
    $1550
    Sterling silver; 14k gold riser
    $2250
    Sterling silver; 14k gold lip and riser
    $3550
    .998 silver
    $2050
    .998 Silver; 14k gold riser
    $2750
    .998 Silver; 14k gold lip and riser
    $4050
    .998 Silver; Platinum riser
    $4050
    9k gold on Sterling silver; Sterling silver riser; 9k gold lip plate
    $2100
    5-95 Platinum Enhanced, Sterling silver riser
    $2200
    5-95 Platinum Enhanced, 5-95 Platinum Enhanced riser
    $2675
    5-95 Platinum Enhanced, Platinum riser
    $4200
    10k Rose gold; 14K embouchure
    $6200
    14k Rose gold; 14k embouchure
    $7400
    19.5k Rose gold; 14k embouchure
    $9500
    Platinum; 14k embouchure
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  • Burkart Headjoint Piccolo

    General - Burkart Headjoint Piccolo

    Each Lillian Burkart designed, African grenadilla wood, piccolo headjoint meets our requirements for acoustical warmth, hardness, density and, with proper management, stability. The world's finest grenadilla is selected for the Burkart piccolo headjoints. Our aging process is unmatched and includes selection, curing, turning, drilling and, most of all, time. Headjoints are available in the following cuts (styles) along with Sterling silver or gold models.

    Burkart - The rectangular shape of this embouchure is slightly overcut at the sides of the embouchure hole for an open, "flute-like" sound that blends well in ensembles. A most flexible headjoint style, it can be pushed to the extremes of fortissimo high notes without being shrill, and can produce a colorful, sustained diminuendo.

    Clarion - This relatively small embouchure hole, with modest rounding of the edges, is reminiscent of early French and German piccolos. The tone it produces is very focused and sweet. For players using a small aperture when playing, it will have the most stable, clear tone of the various headjoint styles.

    Wave - The headjoint profile is carved with a slightly higher front wall (the blowing edge) and lower back wall against which the chin rests. It produces a very rich, clean, projecting tone, with easy control of dynamics. The low register is very focused, enabling good projection and articulation.

    Sterling silver - Precious metal headjoints offer the security of a lip plate, which can afford the occasional player the ease and comfort to master the piccolo. The hand-cut embouchure supports a very easy high register response and a focused, projecting middle and low register.

    Models and Pricing

    Description Price
    Grenadilla Burkart or Clarion style
    $800
    Grenadilla Wave style
    $980
    Sterling silver Clarion style
    $900
    Grenadilla Clarion style with 14k Fittings
    $1440
    Grenadilla Wave style with 14k Fittings
    $1620
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  • Emanuel Headjoint

    General - Emanuel Headjoint

    The Emanuel Flute, introduced in 1991, is known to top flutists as an instrument that both delights and challenges. With carefully studied, faithfully rendered design, and consistently precise construction, Emanuel’s flutes and headjoints allow the professional player to explore their full dynamic and expressive range. The Emanuel Flute’s colorful sound projects well in demanding orchestral settings, and blends its singing tone in ensemble playing of all types. That’s the simple claim that was made in 1991, and it remains true today.

    Emanuel Arista builds flutes like no other instrument-maker in the United States today. Flutes are commissioned by, and built for, an individual. Emanuel doesn’t assemble flute components brought in from unnamed manufacturers and doesn’t dilute his time or energy with outsourcing. Flute parts are designed and produced in Emanuel’s home-based workshop.

    Models and Pricing - Emanuel Headjoint

    Description Price
    Sterling silver with 14k gold riser
    $2400
    Sterling silver with 14k gold lip and riser
    $3464
    14k gold
    $7400

    Upgrades - Emanuel Headjoint

    Upgrade Price
    14k gold crown
    $706
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  • Geoghegan Headjoints

    General - Geoghegan Headjoint

    Geoghegan Headjoints, created by engineer Michael Geoghegan, employ some of the most innovative techniques and materials used in flute construction today.

    With a variety of unusual metals, fastening materials, and modified cork assemblies, Geoghegan headjoint modifications are designed to improve pitch consistency across all three octaves and enhance the ease of tone color shifts, tonguing, and octave jumps while preventing splitting or cracking notes.

    Additionally, Geoghegan offers the special Elan headjoint - directed towards the young beginning player, the Elan focuses on easing intonation troubles and smoothing embouchure transitions.

    The Innovations


    Metals

    Geoghegan headjoints can be constructed of the more usual sterling silver and 14k rose gold, but they can also be constructed of propietary tantalum and niobium. These two metals are refractory metals - metals with similar qualities to gold, silver, and platinum, but with greater density and hardness.

    TANTALUM Exclusive to Geoghegan headjoints, Tantalum provides a unique tonal spectrum. This headjoint produces both a sweet and a pure quiet sound in all registers - though it can switch on a dime and produce an enormous sound when needed. The range of dynamics and tone colors are greatly exaggerated.

    NIOBIUM An alloy that is slightly lighter than Tantalum, with the same tonal characteristics but less overall weight and power.


    Power Bands

    The lip plates of Geoghegan headjoints with power bands are not soldered to the tube - instead, they're held securely in place by the bands. This is necessary for Tantalum and Niobium, as these metals cannot be soldered, but standard silver and gold headjoints can also be constructed with power bands.

    The use of power bands instead of soldering both preserves the tube quality - enhancing resonance - while adding more weight and depth to your sound.


    Cork Assembly

    Geoghegan cork assemblies are unique among flute headjoints. With brass in the crown, and an added brass weight in the assembly, Geoghegan headjoints are heavy. This added weight greatly enhances resonance tone depth.

    Geoghegan assemblies are also made without cork. Instead, high-quality rubber is used for consistency and ease of maintenance, and will last for years without needing special attention.


    Models and Pricing

    Model Description Price
    ELAN Silver-plated nickel silver tubing, lip plate, riser, and crown; Silver-plated Power Bands $350
    SS Sterling silver tubing, lip plate, riser, and crown; Sterling silver Power Bands $1800
    SS-R14K Sterling silver tubing, lip plate and crown; 14k Rose Gold riser; 14k Rose Gold Power Bands $2600
    NB Niobium tubing; Sterling silver lip plate, riser, and crown; Sterling silver Power Bands $4800
    14K 14k Rose Gold tubing; 14k Rose Gold lip plate, riser, and crown; 14k Rose Gold Power Bands $7800
    TA Tantalum tubing; Sterling silver lip plate, riser, and crown; Sterling silver Power Bands $7300
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  • Goosman Headjoint

    General - Goosman Headjoints

    Since they were introduced at the National Flute Association convention in New Orleans in 1989, the Butterfly Headjoint has enjoyed remarkable success among the flute playing community.

    The Butterfly Headjoint is noted for its big, clean sound and amazing responsiveness. The headjoint reacts the way it does because the air stream beyond the blow hole edge is changed in a particular way. As one plays a headjoint, some air enters the blow hole and some air travels beyond the blow hole; in other words, the air stream is split by the edge of the blow hole. With a standard lip plate, the air that travels beyond the blow hole creates a resistance. This outside resistance inhibits the speed and amount of air that enters the blow hole. The Butterfly channels some air down the groove past the blow hole and some air continues down the radius of the lip plate as on a standard lip plate. There are now two air streams interacting with each other at an angle of approximately 45 degrees. This interaction reduces the "outside" resistance and allows air to enter the blow hole at a faster rate. By allowing the air to enter the blow hole at a faster rate, responsiveness is increased, dramatically, especially in the low register and the attack note.

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  • Hammig Headjoint Piccolo

    General - Hammig Headjoint Piccolo

    For well over 200 years, handmade wood piccolos from the Philipp Hammig workshop have been recognized as instruments of superior design, innovation, and craftsmanship. Acclaimed for their rich, deep tonal character, Hammig Piccolo headjoints are crafted of the finest seasoned African Grenadilla and Cocus woods. Choose from any of the headjoint styles or cuts shown below. Cocus wood piccolo headjoints are only available on Cocus wood piccolos and are not sold separately.

    Headjoint Styles - Hammig Headjoint Piccolo

    Hammig Cut
    Provides a dark, sweet sound with depth and projection throughout all registers. This style offers a comfortable amount of resistance and is very colorful and powerful. This headjoint is available in Grenadilla or Cocus wood.
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    Modified Wave
    This headjoint affords a great amount of stability with an extremely focused and clear sound. A very gratifying response and a wide dynamic range are characteristic qualities. This headjoint is available in Grenadilla or Cocus wood.
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    Modified Thin Wave
    Thin-wall version of the modified wave head, featuring a hand-carved raised embouchure plate. This innovative design combines the stability and clarity of the modified wave style with the flexibility afforded by thin-wall tubing. Available in Grenadilla wood only.
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    Models and Pricing - Hammig Headjoint Piccolo

    Description Price
    Grenadilla wood
    $1050
    Cocus wood (Hammig Cut, Modified Wave Only)
    $1250
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  • Lafin Flute Headjoint

    General - Lafin Flute Headjoint

    J. Rainer Lafin's Lafin Headjoints enjoy a top reputation worldwide, thanks to their maker's deep attention to detail and his experience with top musicians under Karajan, Nicolet, and others in the Berlin Philharmonic and Berlin Orchestras.

    Late in the 20th Century, Lafin came to the States and worked with Brannen Brothers' Albert Cooper to develop his signature headjoint, then returned in 2008 to spend significant time training Brannen Brothers headjoint makers to craft Lafin Headjoints to his exacting professional standards. These are not Lafin-style headjoints or Brannen-Lafin Headjoints; they are authentic Lafin Headjoints, made in signature style with the Adler Wings.

    To this day, Lafin constantly experiments with new ideas to improve the playing characteristics of his headjoints. As a result, the actual design of Lafin Headjoints changes slightly with some frequency in an ongoing effort to make flutes play even better.

    Tube and Lip Plate Metals


    All Lafin headjoints come standard with 14k rose gold Adler Wings and 14k rose gold risers, with an optional upgrade to a platinum riser. However, the tubing material, lip plate, and crown can all be customized.


    STERLING SILVER The lightest and most brilliant of the tubing options, with plenty of shimmer. This can be paired with a sterling silver lip plate or a 14k rose gold lip plate.


    15/85 Combining the characteristics of silver and gold, this 15% gold/85% silver alloy offers a very direct response and great carrying power, with plenty of brilliance. This can be paired with a sterling silver lip plate or a 14k rose gold lip plate.


    14K ROSE GOLD A distinctively Lafin choice, 14k gold features a very warm, modulating sound. Paired with a 14k rose gold lip plate.

    18K ROSE GOLD Offering the warmest and most carrying sound of the Lafin metals, Rainier Lafin describes his 18k headjoints as 'incomparably charming'. Paired with a 14k rose gold lip plate as well as a 14k rose gold crown.

    22K YELLOW GOLD A well-balanced richness and warmth combine with extreme brilliance and projection, with more available nuances. Paired with a 14k rose gold lip plate as well as a 14k rose gold crown.

    PLATINUM With a very individual personality, the platinum headjoint offers the artist much more resistance, but rewards with the largest carrying quality. Paired with a 14k rose gold lip plate as well as a 14k rose gold crown.

    Adler Wings


    Adler Wings are small winged-shaped plates of metal - in this case, 14k rose gold - placed on either side of the emouchure hole to improve low harmonics and responsiveness without damaging the high register. A modified form of the Adler Wings are found on Muramatsu's Tsubasa headjoints and on some custom Powell headjoints.

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  • Mancke Flute Headjoint - 14k Gold

    Mancke Flute Headjoint - 14k Gold tubing, lip plate and riser with a Sterling silver crown.


    14k lip plate and riser: Traditional gold sound; tends toward darker tone and a more complex interior sound.

    Platinum riser: Tends towards a darker, harder sound and crisper response.


     

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  • Mancke Flute Headjoint - 14k Gold/18k Lip and Riser

    Mancke Flute Headjoint - 14k Gold tubing with an 18k Gold lip plate and riser, Sterling silver crown and cork plate.

    18k lip plate and riser: Tends towards a darker sound and heftier response than 14k.

    Platinum riser: Tends towards a darker, harder sound and crisper response.

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  • Mancke Flute Headjoint - 14k Gold/Grenadilla Lip Plate and Riser

    Mancke Flute Headjoint - 14k Gold tubing with a Grenadilla wood lip plate and riser, Sterling silver crown and cork plate

    Wooden lip plates tend to add some aspect of their wooden sound to the headjoint; this grenadilla lip plate is the traditional wood, typically with full sound and good projection.

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  • Mancke Flute Headjoint - 14k Gold/Mopane Wood Lip and Riser

    Mancke Flute Headjoint - 14k Gold tubing with a Mopane wood lip plate and riser, Sterling silver crown and cork plate

    Wooden lip plates tend to add some aspect of their wooden sound to the headjoint.

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  • Mancke Flute Headjoint - 18k Gold

    Mancke Flute Headjoint - 18k gold tubing, lip plate, riser with Sterling silver crown and cork plate

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  • Mancke Flute Headjoint - 18k Gold/21.5k Lip and Riser

    Mancke Flute Headjoint - 18k Gold tubing, 21.5k Gold lip plate and riser, Sterling silver crown and cork plate.

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  • Mancke Flute Headjoint - 9k Gold/14k Lip Plate and Riser

    Mancke Flute Headjoint - 9k Gold tubing with a 14k Gold lip plate and riser, Sterling silver crown and cork plate.

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  • Mancke Flute Headjoint - African Olive Wood

    Mancke Flute Headjoint - African Olive wood with a Serling silver tenon.

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  • Mancke Flute Headjoint - Cocobolo

    Mancke Flute Headjoint - Cocobolo with a Serling silver tenon.

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  • Mancke Flute Headjoint - Cocuswood

    Mancke Flute Headjoint - Cocuswood with a Serling silver tenon.

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  • Mancke Flute Headjoint - Grenadilla Wood

    Mancke Flute Headjoint - Grenadilla wood with a sterling silver tenon.

    Almost entirely made of Grenadilla, a traditional wood choice typically with full sound and good projection. Thicker wall construction allows for more depth of sound.

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