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.
For current pricing look here.
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
The headjoints come in a box, its included in the price.
If I have modified your flute it will probably not fit its box anymore. I
can make you a box, not very expensive but a bit crude as I have to make them
myself as I don’t have a good box-maker around here. If you can arrange
for a box yourself that suits me fine.
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 quite 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.
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%.
topHow much are shipping costs?
Example: flute headjoint: postal: woldpack basic registered € 29. UPS will be around € 80.
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. Simply
dont pay the bill, or I refund.
Yes, it can be done. You can order one from me.
Yes, I can. I have a lot of experience doing this. You can see examples here.
Email me with you wishes.
Over the years, I have made adaptive instruments thay people did not believe
possible. Look here. 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. The test set contains a measuring
instrument for this.
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 one or two flutes would become extremely expensive.
No, but the first vertical head were made long ago by Mr Wunnenberg, for piccolo.
Yes, on special demand. It is a bit more expensive because I need to have
special riser castings made.
That is a business secret! Let me say: quite a lot, as I have been making
them for over 10 years now.
silver 925/000 (Sterling)
I can use some special materials for the embouchure (gold riser, etc. Not
for the tube, though. Only silver is so ductile that I can make it into this
I cannot make one of ABS. But I can make one with a plastic of wood lipplate.
I would normally use epoxy to fix the wood or plastic to the tube, but I could
use shellac. However, shellac is brittle and may crack. I can decide not to
plate anything, as I cannot guarantee every trace of the plating chemicals
No, but I can make a wood embouchure. 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 cotton swab.
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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.
Third, I would have to unsolder the embouchure to make the flute go into the
bending machine, and fit it again afterwards. This is not a good idea.
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. There will be some more resistence in the very highest notes
due to turbulence.
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 will measure this for you or you can use the tenon size measuring
tools that comes with the test set.
No, I abandoned the links page as no-one uses it. But I might mention you on my blog so please let me know.