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Curvy headjoints

tictactux

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#1
A band colleague is looking for alternative flute headjoints as she developped some pain in the arm or wrist when playing.
There are the U-joints that shorten the distance from head to keys, and there are some less curvy varieties (from 30° to 90°) from flutelabs.

U-joints are comparably cheap while flutelab's products have a hefty price tag, and play-testing is difficult as these are made to order only.

Now, has any of you successfully bent a (replacement) headjoint yourself? I know, it's not just bending, it's also acoustics and whatnot, but still - any headbenders in here?

Or does anyone know of alternative sources?
 
#2
No experience with these, however I end up reading about ergo/bent headjoints when reading about Giorgi flutes. I had recalled seeing this, another available vertical headjoint. This is in fact more expensive.

http://www.drelinger.com/brochure/uprite_brochure1.htm

On the low end there are the U shaped Jupiter and Yamaha, but also the Azumi Wave-Line, which is different, and you may not have seen it.

http://www.artismusic.de/en/artis-music-news/newsdetails/article/weltneuheit-azumi-wave-line.html

Also, this person appears to be working on developing one of their own.

http://forum.saxontheweb.net/showth...e-ergonomics&p=2191587&viewfull=1#post2191587
 

pete

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#4
No experience with these, however I end up reading about ergo/bent headjoints when reading about Giorgi flutes. I had recalled seeing this, another available vertical headjoint. This is in fact more expensive.

http://www.drelinger.com/brochure/uprite_brochure1.htm
I've heard of these.

As another alternative, there are recorder-like headjoints, like the eKlute and Shakulute. (I don't like how either of these sound, but you might.) Another alternative is to switch to an electronic wind instrument.
 

kymarto

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#5
The shakulute is an entirely different beast than a normal head, effectively turning a side-blown flute into an end-blown one. These are quite different acoustically.
 
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