These are actual questions that people asked. Feel free to email me with
your question if is it isn’t listed. I may even publish your question here,
but without your name.
If you have any questions at all, feel free to email me at email@example.com or use the form at the bottom of this page
me. Also, I can send you a test set with dummy headjoints that you can try
out at home. Look here for the testsets.
What does a swan-neck headjoint cost?
For current pricing look at flutelab.com/buy/ .
If you want, I can supply any flute with it, at a competetive price. Please
ask for a quote. If you own a good flute you want me to work on, that is fine
too. More often than not, some adaptations are neccesary to achieve optimal
position. This may include a device to adjust the left hand position or extended
keys. Also a thumb rest will be needed as the flute will tend to slide down
when you hold it at an angle.
price = head joint + other adaptations + shipping
How about a box or case?
The headjoints come in a box, it is included in the price.
A special case that will hold both flute and headjoint can be ordered from me.
If I have modified your flute it will probably not fit its box anymore. In that case you will need to have a box specially made for you by a professianal case builder such as Dankers or a local supplier.
How do I go about having my flute modified?
There are two ways to handle the procedure: one if you don’t mind a trip to
Amsterdam, where I live. You would then visit my workshop, and I construct
a dummy adaptation on the spot. You will be able to judge and refine my proposition
then and there. I will then quote a price for the work to be done, and when
you accept, I’ll make the requested headjoint/ adaptations.
Amsterdam is a gorgeous place, but I can imagine it’s a bit much of a trip.
So the alternative option is to do things by email and skype. I ask questions, You answer,
and I finally construct a dummy flute which I send to you by snailmail so
you can feel how it would be to play a swan-neck or verical flute. For most
people the standard test set dummies for Swan Neck/Vertical headjoint are
I am afraid you can’t. I am an instrument maker, not a headjoint shop.
I am sorry, that is not possible, unless there is a lot of demand. The problem
here is that after renting out a headjoint it is not brand new anymore, so
I cannot sell it as new. That means the rental price would be too high.
If you are a person from the EU you pay Dutch VAT. If you are a EU VAT-registered
business, or a not-EU customer you do not pat VAT. It is already included in the price, you do not pay extra.
The avarage waiting time is 3 months. I try to keep it is low as possible,
but sometimes I have complicated jobs (like building one-handed flutes) and
then everybody else has to wait.
There is no deposit required. Only when you order an expensive instrument you
may be asked to pay in advance for the flute. For larga adaptation jobs I request a downpayment of 25%.
How much are shipping costs?
Example: flute headjoint: postal: woldpack basic registered € 29. UPS will be around € 120.
First, find out what you really want. You may want to order the test
set first (Look here). Ot you can email me with
your questions and orders with the form below this page.
Yes, you can. Please ask for a quote. I do not built entire flutes, but I
can supply almost any make and model at a competetive price.
Well, if you to use that headjoint to assess the sound quality, I better send
you a pretty good headjoint. Problem 1: sending such an expensive product
up and down is very expensive both in shipping costs as in taxes. Problem
2 is that I cannot be 100% certain that that headjoint will be representative
of the final product you will get, as I can never make the same headjoint
twice. Problem 3 is that it may not fit your flute. If you order a headjoint
from me and you dont like the sound of it, you send it back to me.
Yes, it can be done. You can order one from me.
Yes, I can. I have a lot of experience doing this.
Email me with you wishes. Photos, descriptions and video are very helpful.
Over the years, I have made adaptive instruments thay people did not believe
possible. So there is a very good chance
that I can help you.
I am sorry, only wind instruments, with a specialisation of flutes and saxophones.
You may need some key modifications and perhaps a Swan Neck headjoint and
you will be all right.
I will need the flute. Otherwise I cannot make it fit.
Yes, on special demand.
Every headjoint maker has his own qualities. I have never been able to compare
the two side by side, so I do not know how they are different.
Yes, as long as I know the size of the tenon (box) where the headjoins slides into the main tube. Usually, if I know make and model of your flute, taht will give me enough information.
Yes, no problem.
Not yet, but I may in the future, if there is enough demand. But there is
a real problem here: bore sizes vary between brands. And having to make special
tooling for just one or two flutes would become extremely expensive.
No, but the first vertical head were made long ago by Mr Wunnenberg, for piccolo.
No I do not have this as an option.
That is a business secret! Let me say: quite a lot, as I have been making
them for over 20 years now.
silver 925/000 (Sterling)
Please discuss your wishes by email. Delivery times are longer for special materials as I do not stock these.
I can do the craziest things, just ask. Please do bear in mind that though the materials in 3D printing are relatively cheap, making a design for a one-off is not.
No, but I can make a wood embouchure plate. That will feel and sound very much like
a wood headjoint.
You can use a flexible alto sax neck cleaner or just occasionally rinse with
water. Keep the blowhole clean with a cottonq-tip.
On this page is a list of my foreign representatives. They will be glad to help you.
No. If you suffer from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, email me and and I may be able
to make a support for your flute. Once you have a bad inflammation, only rest
No, I make entirely new headjoints. First, I use a special bore taper that
compensates for the tuning imperfections caused by the bends.
Second, My tooling is may not fit your headjoint.
Only to a very small degree. The oscillations inside a curved bore behave
a little different. Bends cause sharpness, but in the Flutelab headjoints
that effect has been compensated for in both bore size and diameter. The headjoints
are made to A=442Hz. If you want it different, tell me, and it can be made.
No, I can’t. It is not possible to replicate the sound of another headjoint.
Each headjoint will sound like a Flutelab headjoint.
Yes, you can. Flutelab puts a lot of research and fine engineering into headjoint construction. That is why they sound so well, with a clear and powerfull tone across all registers.
Simply push it on. If you first clean the flute with a solvent (alcohol, acetone)
it will stay on better.
The tenon is the part of the headjoint where it goes into the flute body. The
tenon must fit very precisely. To make sure your new headjoint fits on your
existing flute, we must know the tenon size to an accuracy of 0.01mm . Your
repairperson can measure this for you.
No, I abandoned the links page as no-one uses it. But I might mention you on my blog so please let me know.
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