It usually refers to where the tone hole meets the bore.MRC01 said:Is this the same as chamfering? Are they smoothing the tone hole where it meets the key pad, or where it joins to the body?
Yep that is from Pat North at Cincinnati Flute Works. She comes highly recommended by a couple of pros I know and I'm going to be trying a couple of her custom cut headjoints. These will be customized factory heads. After speaking with her on the phone I am hopefully enthusiastic; she seemed to understand exactly what I was looking for. That combined with recommendations from people I trust made it a no-brainer to try them out.G-dawg said:From fluteworks.com
You may find that undercut headjoints give you just the opposite of what you seem to be looking for. My experience is that undercut heads tend to be loud and easy to blow, and mine ,at least, is just the opposite of zat sweet Frainch sound--loud and piercing it is, without a hint of air (although as I mentioned, this might be due to other dimensional factors as well as the undercutting).MRC01 said:snip
I am looking for the sweet flutey sound that David Colvig gave my old 3SB years ago, yet modern makers all seem to be focusing on huge projecting modern sounding heads. Think of seeking a Ransom Wilson kind of sound in a Galway world.
One of the sweetest sounding most responsive flutes I ever played was an old Haynes from the 1940s. Also all the HJs I really liked have had elliptical blowholes not big squarish ones. IME, big squarish holes tend to make a bold, projecting, sizzling modern sound that grabs one's attention but it's a sound my ears quickly tire of. I tend to have a big powerful sound anyway and a head like that just takes it over the top. Jupiter's factory D-2 and D-4 headjoints are like this. Also the Powells I've played which is probably why they never floated my boat all that much. It's fun for certain styles of playing but I have a limited tolerance for it.kymarto said:...Which is just a long-winded way of saying that you should try different heads with different tube geometries. For that flutey sound you might even want to go with an old-style head with high chimney walls with very little undercutting.