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Arthur Haswell Flute Repairs

Arthur Haswell


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Headjoints for today's players


      hand-crafted in England


             using traditional methods


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African Blackwood thinned headjoint unlined:  £1175.00

African Blackwood thinned headjoint with silver lining:  £1345.00


AFTER MANY YEARS specialising in the repair and conservation of wooden concert flutes, it has been natural for us to develop our interests towards the making of headjoints. From the beginning we have been determined to create the best possible headjoints, crafted without compromise, to suit both silver and wooden flutes .



WE FIT EACH HEADJOINT with our own African Blackwood crown. This screws into a traditional-style African Blackwood cork assembly with silver face. We have found that the combination of a thin sheet of cork lapped round a solid wood cylinder gives a well-balanced sound and excellent response.



African Blackwood collar to sit over a cork tenon: £60.00

Price includes fitting to your flute.

Cork assembly T H carving out a lip-plate with a hand file. Low res

WE FIND THE TRADITIONAL METHODS used by the great flutemakers of the past, e.g. employing hand files to carve lip-plates and a treadle lathe to turn the wood, allow an unparalleled degree of control.


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We select a top quality African Blackwood (grenadilla) billet that has been properly seasoned within the UK. Using our wonderful vintage treadle lathe, we thin the wood for extra resonance, and turn the crown and cork assembly.  Silver work is prepared and fitted. With a range of hand tools we carve out the lip-plate.


Now we give the head joint its voice by painstakingly cutting an embouchure hole. Light touches with the finest of files will develop the sound.


And the sound we aim for is focused, rich, and flexible. Our headjoints give a full dynamic range with good articulation, playing lyrically towards the top, strongly with bite in the lower register, and providing enough resistance to encourage players to develop sounds and find new colours.  

How We Make a Headjoint