The Abell Flute Co. offers headjoints manufactured from African Blackwood and Sterling silver in two styles of embouchure design producing distinctly different tonal qualities.
The Standard model has a rectangular shape and is modern in its design and response. It speaks easily through the full range of the flute and produces a bright, open sound. This style headjoint is designed primarily to play comfortably in large ensembles and orchestral work, though it is not limited only to those venues.
The Oval model has a slightly smaller, elliptical shaped embouchure and is designed especially for small ensemble and chamber music where a more intimate sound is required. This style headjoint also plays easily through the full range of the flute and produces a very clear, centered tone with an especially dark and pungent quality in the lower registers.
Though the two styles have different attributes of color and response, both the Standard and Oval models can be used in a variety of different settings for many types of music; and both models will exhibit a warm, wooden sound with a complex and intriguing tonal spectrum.
All Abell headjoints are designed to articulate easily throughout the entire range of the flute repertoire, yet with enough resistance and flexibility to allow the player to produce a clear, stable, and focused tone through a wide variety of colors and textures.
All headjoints are made to fit most flutes and can usually be made to fit uncommon or special instruments with no adverse effects to the response of the headjoint or the flute. To insure the best results, it is recommended that proper fitting to the customer’s instrument be done at The Abell Flute Co. with turn-around time being rarely more than a few days. Note: The outside diameter of the Abell Boehm-system C-flute headjoint is larger than standard metal headjoints and will not fit into the headjoint slot in flute cases designed for metal flutes.