Martin Doyle's thin-wall wooden headjoints for concert flutes.
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Wooden Headjoints

Thin-wall wooden headjoints for western concert flutes.

Cocus headjoint on a Muramatsu concert flute

Martin Doyle's wooden headjoints can be attached to any brand of western concert flute. Wooden headjoints add warmth, colour and teture to the tone of a metal flute which in turn offers the musician greater versatility and an expanded repertoire. Many professional flute players carry a variety of headjoints ranginging from metals including silver and gold to headjoints made from a variety of woods and bamboos including shakuhachi end-blown headjoints.

Martin Doyle crafts wooden headjoints from African Blackwood, Cocus wood and Boxwood.

  • African Blackwood offers a strong, powerful tone and is a very durable timber.
  • Cocus wood offers a lovely three dimensional sound with lots of colour in the tone. Please note: cocus wood is no longer available.
  • Boxwood offers a softer and milder tone – a lovely Baroque sound.

More information regarding wooden headjoints can be found here »

Price and Ordering

The price of Martin Doyle's wooden headjoints for western concert flutes is € 1,000. To enquire further or to order, kindly contact Martin Doyle »

Testimonials to Martin Doyle's wooden headjoints for concert flutes

Elizabeth Petcu

Elizabeth PetcuElizabeth Petcu, retired Principal Flute of the RTE Concert Orchestra of Ireland (Elizabeth was with the RTE for over 25 years), had the following to say about Martin Doyle's wooden headjoints for western concert flutes:

I have been playing on Martin Doyle's cocus wood headjoint for many years now. I may even have had the honour of playing on the prototype. The page here would not be roomy enough for me to express how much I love it. All I can say is that it always lures me into playing well.

Posted June 2010

Listen to Elizabeth Petcu's music sample »

Please note: Other testimonials and kind comments from people who play Martin Doyle flutes can be viewed here »

Rob Portnoy

Rob PortnoyRob Portnoy is a renowned multi-woodwind performer, clinician and teacher who has worked with a plethora of superstar singers, musicians and performers including Ella Fitzgerald, Sammy Davis Jr., Mel Torme, Aretha Franklin, Wayne Newton, Nancy Wilson, Don Sebasky, Mickey Rooney, Red Skelton, Debbie Reynolds, Liza Minnelli, Tony Bennett, Johnny Mathis, Natalie Cole and Sarah Vaughn – to name but a few! He had the following to say about a Martin Doyle wooden headjoint that he recently acquired for his concert flute:

Hello Martin,
I just wanted to thank you for the phenomenal work you did in creating my new headjoint. I recently played it on the show "Beauty and The Beast" and received many compliments on my "sweet" sound. The combination of my Altus Limited and your Blackwood Headjoint allow me a warmth that neither of my metal headjoints provide and enable me to play all octaves with a solid, centered sound which articulates quickly and doesn't break up when pushed! I will surely endorse your craftsmanship so more flutists can experience the wonderful qualities of a Martin Doyle headjoint!
Best wishes,
    – Rob Portnoy.

Posted April 10, 2013

Images of Martin Doyle's Wooden Headjoints

Martin Doyle Cocuswood Headjoint

Above: A cocus wood headjoint on a Muramatsu concert flute – Martin Doyle's personal instrument.

Cutting a lip plate in a cocuswood headjoint

Above: Cutting a lip plate into a cocus wood headjoint designed for a concert flute.

Cutting a lip plate in a cocuswood headjoint

Above: the finished product – a cocus wood head joint made for a concert flute.

Head joint for a concert flute made from African Blackwood

Above: a head joint for a concert flute made from African Blackwood.

Head joint for a concert flute made from African Blackwood

Above: a display of the parts that make up the adjustable screw cork mechanism that Martin Doyle offers as an optional extra.
The adjustable screw corks are generally only added to concert flute head joints and keyed traditional flutes.

More images can be found here: Wooden Headjoints for Concert Flutes »