Arthur Haswell Flute Repairs
Headjoints for today's players
hand-crafted in England
using traditional methods
HASWELL African Blackwood thinned headjoint unlined: £1195.00
HASWELL African Blackwood thinned headjoint with silver lining: £1395.00
AFTER MANY YEARS OF SPECIALISING in the repair of wooden concert flutes, and having a renowned maker for a mentor, it was natural for us to develop our interest towards the creation of our own headjoints. We began working on prototypes in September 2016, determined to create the best possible headjoints, crafted without compromise, to suit both silver and wooden flutes.
The first batch, finished during April 2017, sold out within three months.
Our headjoints play with a modern response while giving the rich powerful sound associated with vintage wooden flutes. All are thinwall to give maximum resonance. The standard cut is somewhat resistant, demanding more from the player and rewarding with greater control and a subtler range of sounds and dynamics.
We also offer an easier, free-blowing version.
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: £50.00
Hand-made walnut box by Chris Raven: £135.00
How to buy one of our headjoints:
1. Buy in our online shop.
2. Take the headjoint for an 8-day trial.
3. If you decide to keep the headjoint, we courier your flute and the headjoint for fitting, covered by our insurance.
We are happy to discuss your requirements, so please call or email.
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.
IF YOU ARE INTERESTED in trying or buying one of our headjoints
please contact us
tel.: 077 1717 3088
WE SELECT A TOP QUALITY African Blackwood (grenadilla) billet that has been sustainably grown and properly seasoned within the UK. Using our wonderful vintage 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.
TO MAKE A HEADJOINT
OUR HEADJOINTS COMPLEMENT SILVER FLUTES
AND ENHANCE VINTAGE WOODEN FLUTES.
LINED OR UNLINED?
OUR UNLINED HEADJOINTS give a rich warm sound redolent of the wood from which they are made. Those with the addition of a SILVER LINING gain both from the metal and the wood, achieving a certain power and focus while keeping that rich sound.
It is noteworthy that almost all the wooden headjoints made by Rudall Carte were lined.
Available now in our
ARTHUR & TINA HASWELL'S NEW RANGE OF HEADJOINTS are beautifully crafted objects that do exactly what they were designed to do: facilitating tone production, palpably increasing the beauty of notes, and allowing an old instrument to make a more modern sound without compromising the timbre coming from the wood.
One A & T Haswell unlined headjoint completely transformed the playing of my old French Boehm-system wooden flute, and another has added a new dimension to the sound produced by a recently acquired century-old classic Rudall & Carte cocus-wood concert flute. JM, Norfolk
IT BEGINS AND ENDS WITH THE SOUND. The sound and how it works.
By intuition and accident this led me to a 1923 cocuswood Rudall Carte.
And now, also, to a beautiful new silver lined and thinned wood head for the flute made by Arthur and Tina.
The head is doing exactly what its makers intended, giving definition to the special parts of the Carte's character: the grainy firmness in the colour and the uncanny way the instrument blends as a woodwind. It gives this flute a slightly broader presence and also a little more evenness throughout the scale.
I have just given the new headjoint a run out with three of my very favourite improvising musicians. It seems to help voice a warmth high up in the third octave and is lovely in little overblown gestures on the harmonics.
Not to be underestimated, the head joint looks beautiful as well, especially the carving of the lip plate.
Other modern heads might be effective with this flute but Arthur & Tina have made the one that will hold my interest. SP, Lancashire
HERE IS WHAT some of our customers say:
WE ARE DELIGHTED TO OFFER bespoke boxes hand-made specially for us by Chris Raven.
CHRIS MAKES OUR BOXES from solid walnut, adds an ebony inlay to match the colour of our headjoints, then lines them with a lovely padded soft leather to offer extra protection and a touch of class.