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I have a used Powell sterling silver headjoint that I have on trial for a week. The seller who is a local dealer/tech said it is a Powell Custom headjoint. I asked her if she could tell me anything else about it like how old it is. She said she got it from an estate sale and the seller couldn't tell her anything else about it.

It has no serial number. Is there any way to find out how old it is?

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I ma sure that they, who made it, are the most qualified people to give you all the informations. Good luck!
http://www.powellflutes.com

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With the concave back (player) side, I think it may be from pre-1962. Just a guess as there appears to be no overcutting on the sides of the hole. THere looks to be some dent removal around the name.
 

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Thanks, yes the current seller said it had some dents and scratches removed as it looked pretty well used when she bought it.
 

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How does it sound compared to your existing heads?
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I only just got it, for my new flute, so am still getting used to it. But it has a more hollow quality to the sound compared with the other heads I tried as well as my stock head on my Jupiter 711. One thing I wanted compared to the Jupiter which was giving me a more legit sound, was a sound that I felt was more of a jazz sound, and I think the Powell does that. It is not as loud though, at least not yet.

One thing that helped me, was to have someone listen to me playing the different heads. I had my ex-sax teacher come along. He also plays flute, and he really liked the sound of the Powell. He reckoned it had more character and was not as active/bright as the other heads.
 

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Powells headjoints have open, crystal clear upper registers. Haynes is king in the low. Every Powell head joint I've ever played has been terrific, including the "cheap" signature Powell head joints. Any young person playing a Haynes or Powell is going to have a competitive advantage against "student flutes". They are easier to play and sound better.
 

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When “hollow” and “lots more” are pointing to the same thing, you might be in the Twilight Zone, or these days D.C. ..... but more likely taking about flute headjoints.
Modern scale flute with pre-renaissance Head = hollow.
Mid-seventies scale flute with post-renaissance Head = lots more.

I didn’t buy a Powell in late ‘77 not because of the head design, wasn’t even thinking of that aspect, but waiting on the dust to settle over modern scale development. 5 or so year wait so I added my name to the list and was even offered a job, but the freezing Boston weather and lure of the sailing/fishing the Caribbean was already in motion.
I was offered Lora’s upcoming spot but declined that spectacular offer due to the scale issue and my $$$ sitting on the hook in Sheepshead Bay.

I’m thinking of swapping my MKVI Alto for a MKVI Soprano and a modern flute.
The alto bell gets in the way when lying ahull when kayaking and not fishing. ;)
 
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