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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