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I took my new Wooden Headjoint down to a specialist to get it adjusted since my usual tech was afraid he'd damage it. So rather than mail it down to san jose where the Flute world tech is I just gassed up the car and drove it 2 hours down from sonoma. Anyway long story short, I'Was extremely happy with the tonal character of my wood Head but by adjusting it to fit snuggly the response is faster and I notice a harmonic shimmer I didn't hear before. (more overtones?) You guys probably already knew this but now I know. K
 

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There is a practice among some flute makers, including Pearl flutes - student ones at any rate - where the head feels like a good fit but it leaks.
Any leaks damage the performance of a flute.

It seems that this leaking is because the fit has been adjusting by putting the head over a mandrel and operating a burnisher on it along the tenon, in a variety of locations around the circumference.
This has the effect of making the tenon slightly polygonal, such that it leaks inside a cylindrical socket.
From what I have read it seems that they do this because it looks a bit better cosmetically after inserting a few times, than when using the other method of using an expanding-finger tenon adjuster.
For this reason it may be quite commonly used on professional heads too.

The situation can be rectified by using the expanding finger tool in conjunction with a tenon shrinking die.
 

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Gordon thats what I think he did. I watched him for 30 minutes. It now gets snug right where the A is correct for pitch K
 
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