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African Blackwood and Mopane Wood Headjoints

New 16 page Wood Piccolo and Flute Headjoint Brochure

Every flutist wants the beauty of the wooden sound with the ease of blowing of a precious metal headjoint.

Drelinger recently introduced a new series of high-efficiency wooden flute and piccolo headjoints that are as easy to play as metal while retaining the natural beauty of the sound of the wood of which it was made.

And we offer the woodwind making industries most comprehensive assurance of long-term durabiliy and quality.

Every Drelinger African Blackwood and Mopane wood headjoint is guaranteed for life against cracking and dimensional change. Contact us for guarantee details.

Drelinger’s New Generation Wood Headjoints Created For The Demands Of Today’s Flutists

Wood Headjoint

The Past

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.

Wood Air Reed

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.

Self Portrait Drelinger

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

  • 1. The Flute and Flute Playing by Theobald Boehm
  • 2. Contact Drelinger for further details


The New All Wood Model ABC Headjoint with Grain–Oriented-Air-Reed™

The ABC is an all African Blackwood thin walled headjoint with a Cocus wood, grain-oriented air reed. The blackwood gives the potential of projecting a centered dark sound while the grain oriented Cocus Air Reed gives the possibility of producing a warm and resonant timbre.

What is a Grain-Oriented Wood-Air-Reed?

Traditionally wood flute and piccolo headjoints have a blow edge cut parallel with the direction of the wood grain as shown by the arrows.

Recently Drelinger discovered that by orienting the blow edge grain parallel to the oncoming air stream, improvements in overall sound were achieved. With other wind instruments using a reed, such as a clarinet or oboe, it has always been the practice to cut the reed with the grain going in the same direction as the oncoming air. It proved advantageous to do the same with the wood grain of the flute blow edge. And by making this blowing edge of Cocus wood, noted for its warm and resonant properties, we have yet another benefit.


New African Blackwood Bow-Tie® II Piccolo Headjoint

Drelinger's new Bow-Tie II piccolo headjoint is a step forward in piccolo headjoint design. It features a two-stage telescoping bore unlike the single bore of conventional wood piccolo headjoints. The new design's top bore, pictured here (A, near the blow hole) creates the ideal acoustical environment for the top notes while the remaining larger bore (B) is the perfect size for the remaining second and first octaves. The result is an ease of blowing seamlessly throughout all octaves.

The other advantage of Drelinger's Bow-Tie® piccolo headjoint is that this new technology provides a natural transition from flute to piccolo, especially in it's easy blowing 3rd octave. From the highest to the lowest notes, your individually selected Drelinger Bow-Tie® headjoint will give an ease of response, tonal color, and articulation. And its innovative design achieves the quick response of metal with the timbre of wood. Which when used with virtually any quality conical bore piccolo body, is like transforming it into a wonderful all-new sounding piccolo.