Custom wood headjoints for flute, piccolo, alto, and bass made from the finest cocus, grenadilla, and other rare hardwoods.
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|Eppler cocuswood and silver headjoint in special case.|
|Special extra lip plate area engraving.|
Wood Flute HeadjointsThe wooden flute headjoint is enjoying a reawakened interest as discriminating flutists have discovered the advantages of its warmth and depth of tone. Highly suitable for all musical styles from baroque to avant-garde, equally at home in chamber music, the orchestra, the recording studio, or in solo roles, the Eppler wooden headjoint brings an added dimension to the performance demands of today.
Alexander Eppler was the first American flutemaker to reintroduce the wooden headjoint on a systematic basis, beginning in 1975. Noted for ease of response yet full tone, Eppler wooden headjoints can be heard today in the United States, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Great Britain, Japan, Korea, Thailand, Russia, Hong Kong, China, Spain, and elsewhere. Eppler wooden headjoints, acclaimed for their unequalled beauty of design and craftsmanship, are also found in private collections in the United States and Great Britain.
Three Eppler wooden headjoints.
Below and right: Piccolo headjoint (snakewood).
|Snakewood blank, ready for flute making. |
|Headjoints in production.|
|Thinned headjoints have lip plates resembling metal headjoints. The standard wooden headjoint has the same lip plate, but the area around it has not been carved away to reveal the shape of the lip plate. Thinned wood headjoints have a noticeably thinner sound, halfway between a standard wood head and a metal one. There is no difference in the actual ease of playing, between our standard wood headjoint and ones made of metal.|
Our first headjoint. 1973
"Fantastic. Congratulations on a true work of art." --Ransom Wilson, American flute soloist and conductor, New York
"Beauty of tone, dynamic range, power, flexibility, response, elegance of design and workmanship--Eppler headjoints have it all." --Felix Skowronek, N.F.A. President 1985-86, professor, University of Washington, Seattle
"I was delighted to have the cocuswood headjoint for December's concerts and recording. It sounds fabulous with the harp. I can't wait to give it a go in orchestra." --R. Yeager, performer, teacher
"Just a note to let you know that the wood flute is holding up very well and that everyone who tests it is amazed at the mellow sweetness of tone. This, of course, has to do in large part to your headjoint...truly a masterpiece. Bravo! Our patience was well rewarded." --William Tosh, flute player, Costa Mesa, CA
"The head joint is killer. It brings new meaning to my flute." --Paul Lindbergh, flutist, Hawaii
"I want to express my appreciation to you for making such a masterpiece of a wooden headjoint that helps me take the voice of my gold flute to another level--clear in all the ranges, warm and yet with a big tone. The new design for the chin rest area gives me very comfortable. The weight of the headjoint is just right to keep a balance between the weight of gold body and the weight of wooden headjoint. You are truly a master craftsman."--Dr. Kim Ok Gwan, flute player, Costa Rica
|Aleksandr Eppler with one of his assistants, Nikolai Vdovenko. 2004|
Prices on request
- thinned concert headjoints
- any of the above in cocus or snakewood
- headjoint case
Prices and specifications subject to change without notice. The pricing of Eppler wood headjoints is confirmed at the time of order. Any duty costs are the responsibility of the purchaser.
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For all correspondence and mail orders:
Eppler Flute Company
P.O. Box 16513
Seattle, WA 98116-0513, U.S.A.
Telephone: (206) 932-2211
FAX: (206) 933-1269
|James Pelletier (left) and Alexander Eppler (right),
working into the night padding flutes.
1. (this page) Wood Headjoints. Flute, alto, bass, piccolo|
2. Wood flutes. Models. Flute restoration and repair
3. Flutes, alto flutes, piccolos
4. More photographs
5. Flute restoration: "before" and "after"
6. Transcript of interview with British flutemaker Albert Cooper
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