Trevor James flutes are proud to have more headjoint options than any student to conservatory flute manufacturer today.
Wooden heads (From left to right)
The TJ Mopane / Cocobolo and Grenadilla wood headjoints (all 'Voiced' by English headjoint maker Andrew Oxley). Supplied in a TJ Cherrywood case with purple velvet case cover.
Metal head Options
- 958 silver lip and riser TJ 'Voce' cut with silver-plated tube
- 958 silver TJ 'Voce' cut lip, riser and tube
- Grenadilla TJ 'Voce' cut wood lip and riser on 958 silver tube
Additional plated / bonded options (2023)
- 18k Rose
- 23.5K Yellow
The tonal difference between a wooden lip flute headjoint and a metal headjoint can be quite significant.
Wooden headjoints are known for their warm and rich tone, as well as their ability to produce a wide range of expressiveness and dynamic range. This is due in part to the porous nature of wood, which allows for a more complex and nuanced sound to be produced. Additionally, wooden headjoints are often handmade, and the specific characteristics of the wood used can greatly affect the final sound.
Metal headjoints, on the other hand, are known for their clarity and precision of sound, as well as their ability to produce a bright and focused tone. This is because metal headjoints are typically manufactured to very precise specifications, which allows for a more consistent and reliable sound. Additionally, the reflective nature of metal can help to enhance the overall projection of the sound.
In addition, metal headjoints are often preferred for their durability, as well as for their resistance to temperature and humidity changes which can affect the tuning of wooden instrument.
It is worth to note that some wood flute headjoints have been designed as a fusion of wood and metal, these have the benefits from both materials, like a better projection, tuning and a more rich and complex sound.
Ultimately, the choice between a wooden or metal headjoint will depend on the individual player's preferences and the type of music they are looking to play