Custom wooden headjoint?

Custom wooden headjoint?

Custom wooden headjoint?    16:39 on Friday, February 17, 2012

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Does anyone have any wooden headjoint, which didn't come with your flute?

I play an old system flute and my wooden headjoint has had it. Needing a new one, but I don't where to get these.

I tried a Guo flute headjoint, but these don't fit. None of the flute centre heads fit and the shop tell me its because my flute is too old.

My headjoint is a double tube - the inner one is 19mm, and the outer tube is 25mm.

Is there an affordable custom wooden headjoint maker who could make something like this?

Re: Custom wooden headjoint?    21:47 on Friday, February 17, 2012

(260 points)

What do you mean by "affordable"? What is your price range?

Custom wood headjoints don't come cheap! But you can definitely get a quality headjoint for about US$650 -- and up. They can be fitted to most flutes.

Check out the following list:

Re: Custom wooden headjoint?    09:37 on Monday, February 20, 2012

(48 points)

thanks...thats a good place to start!

Affordable means I can afford it. I'll get looking.....!

Re: Custom wooden headjoint?    13:55 on Wednesday, February 22, 2012

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Try contacting this guy - . Excellent headjoints, I think they start at $300+ and can be silver with wood lip, etc.

Re: Custom wooden headjoint?    17:17 on Wednesday, February 22, 2012

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I have a DiZhao wooden headjoint. Mine has a silver end to fit the tennon of my Muramatsu EX-III.
I was very lucky, because I just experimented both together and they just fit! No adjustments needed.

I don't know if Mr.DiZhao makes the headjoint you need, but I think it's another option for you to try. I'm very happy with mine.

Re: Custom wooden headjoint?    15:06 on Monday, April 23, 2012

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Howel Roberts makes some beautiful wooden headjoints. I think the Flute Center of New York used to sell them.

Re: Custom wooden headjoint?    08:37 on Tuesday, April 24, 2012

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From waht you say your flute almost certainly has a conical body with a parallel bore head. The modern Boehm flutes have cylindrical body & tapered head. This means that even if you did find something that would fit it is 110% certain that combination would never play in tune. You will need to find a maker to produce a suitable head or keep looking on that well known internet auction site for one.

Re: Custom wooden headjoint?    14:49 on Tuesday, April 24, 2012

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I hate this website. Everything I write, hangs, and then gets lost when I refresh.

Thanks. The Howell flutes are out of my league. I'm only Grade 8 standard and not conservatory standard!

Thanks for the post - yes I've given up trying to find a flute headjoint (off the rack) to fit. The intonation is worse at the third octave and I don't think it's possible unless I pay a lot.

In any case, I've decided to get a baroque traverso, so I'll get rid of my keyed flutes.

Re: Custom wooden headjoint?    08:55 on Friday, April 27, 2012

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I agree with contra448 that you will not be able to find a suitable replacement that will work and play in tune. In your original posting you said your headjoint has "had it". Could you elaborate - is it broken, cracked, or what? I would bet that your wood headjoint has a metal liner inside it - is that correct? Even if the wood is badly cracked, it CAN still be repaired.

Re: Custom wooden headjoint?    16:53 on Tuesday, May 08, 2012

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The metal liner of the headjoint is cracked - it goes all the way up.

I've been told that it's not worth repairing and I should just get a new one.


Well I've settled on a baroque traverso. I decided to get a student traverso from Aulos in the meantime.

I realise (now) that my broken flute was almost baroque sounding - sweet, and subtle, with warm colour throughout, but without the delicate shading.

The Aulos plastic Stanesby is really good, but I'm failing the 3rd octave F/Fsharp. The instructions do say that is very difficult to do, but I'm surprised it's really this difficult.

When I tried a number of Rottenburgh and Kirst models, there was no problem with the 3rd octave F/Fsharp, but these were much more expensive.

Does anyone else play baroque traverso have any ways around this?

The prices of wooden headjoints are really high. I guess they are specialist equipment. I don't think it's worthwhile contaminating a new headjoint with an average old flute, so I'm going to start from scratch.



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