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African Blackwood and Mopane Wood Headjoints
Drelinger’s New Generation Wood Headjoints Created For The Demands Of Today’s Flutists
Many flutists concur with Theobald Boehm’s1 preference for the beautiful timbre of a wooden headjoint on a metal flute body. This combination provides superior blending with other woodwinds, and conductors often prefer the wood timbre because its high register pianissimo is free of metallic brightness, so it more easily balances with the orchestra.
Now to the question of why most mainstream flutists do not consider this combination for many playing situations? Simply stated, compared to metal, wood headjoints are generally considered harder to blow, adjust intonation and play dynamically. And of equal concern is the tendency of wood to crack and be dimensionally unpredictable due to temperature and humidity variables.
Drelinger’s New Wood Headjoints
Drelinger researched conventional modern wood headjoints with the objective of developing technology that would overcome the drawbacks of this otherwise acoustically ideal material.
The research led to Drelinger’s all new bore, named TurboTaper™, the primary acoustic innovation within our African Blackwood and Mopane wood headjoints. It provides unprecedented ease of blowing, superior intonation control and virtually instant response from the softest to loudest dynamics of the flute.
And, because of wood’s natural structural vulnerability, we further innovated with an approach we call Understanding Antiquities Technologies.
We researched the use of wood in antiquity, discovering how thousands of years ago, the Chinese built earthquake proof dwellings of wood, the Romans made wood ball bearings circa 40 BC, and the Vikings constructed wood ships that are still emulated today. Using these discoveries, Drelinger created a technology to produce wooden headjoints of unprecedented durability, earning the confidence of a lifetime guarantee.
Playing Is Believing
Playing is the most effective way to convince yourself of our wood headjoints’ extraordinary benefits.
The comment “an extraordinary wooden headjoint, comfortably playing every form of music with outstanding dynamics, colors and flexibility” best summarizes flutists' reaction to the Wood Max headjoint. The Wood Max features a precious metal lip rest, which makes transitioning from a metal headjoint to a wood headjoint intuitive.
However before proceeding we suggest you learn more about its features. Firstly, the available cross grain wood air reed provides an ideal wood blowing surface for unsurpassed articulation and longevity. Alternatively, there is the 24K pure gold or platinum air reed also available.
And every headjoint has a 10-year leak-free guarantee on the CathedralCork™ sealing system. Then there are the encapsulating end rings made of tarnish-resistant AeroZotek™ 321 alloy assuring protection against end of tube impact damage.
Included is Drelinger’s 35 year No-Stretch-Fit™ tradition of delivering headjoints with the tenon custom made to fit your flute body precisely. This means once we measure your original headjoint’s tenon size, we no longer need your flute to deliver your ready to play, perfectly fitting headjoint. And, at a later date, the headjoint can be refitted to other flute bodies just by changing its tenon tube.
Each headjoint has its own individual serial number and is delivered in a luxury carrying case with Moisture Monster™ proprietary super absorbent swab.
Drelinger’s Wood headjoints are individually handmade in our North White Plains, NY workshop from the finest African Blackwood and Mopane wood. And because of Drelinger’s Wood Antiquities Technology, we are able to give an unprecedented lifetime guarantee against cracking and dimensional anomalies.2