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Upgrading Your Headjoint

Whether you have a machine made or handmade flute, upgrading your headjoint can dramatically improve your performance.

In the case of a machine made flute, a new headjoint may be an economical option to consider. Machine made flutes typically have headjoints that have been quickly cut by machine. This helps to keep the cost of these flutes at a minimum. They can provide a good start for the beginner; however, as flutists advance in their playing they are held back by the restrictions of this design. The embouchure hole lacks the smooth contours of a handmade headjoint, and there is often very little overcutting or undercutting. As a result, machine made headjoints are restrictive in their nature, allowing for little flexibility of response or variety of tonal color.

In the case of a handmade flute, a new headjoint may help the flutist to modify their present flute to their current specific needs. Once again, as skills and ability change, flutists may find that a new headjoint can bring more color, texture or power to their sound. In addition, a more modern handmade headjoint can bring renewed life to an older handmade flute, upgrading its sound to suit the players of today. This may be achieved through a new headjoint style or by switching to a different metal whether it is silver, gold, platinum or a combination of materials.

Miyazawa headjoints are available in a wide variety of cuts and styles designed to improve response and flexibility. Sterling silver, gold or platinum tubing and/or risers help to enhance tonal color, response and projection.

For more related information, please see our articles Handmade vs. Machine Made Flutes and Silver, Gold and Platinum Risers.

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