Sankyo headjoints offer new territories of expression. Considered the most personal part of the flute, selecting the right headjoint can magically transform the sound and response. Our handcrafted headjoint selection enables you to find a distinctive headjoint that suits your personal preference.
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Gold & Silver Headjoints
Sankyo headjoints are available in a wide variety of tubing materials including 24k, 18k, 14k and 10k gold as well as 997 Pure Silver, 950 silver and sterling silver. The headjoint riser is where the airstream makes its initial contact with the flute; therefore, the riser material will impact the tonal palette and response. Additionally, the riser is what connects the lip plate to the tube. Riser options include 24k, 18k, 14k gold and platinum. Lip plate options, which further enhance the riser effects, include 24k, 18k and 14k gold.
RT: A modified version of the original Sankyo wave-style lip plate design, the RT style is characterized by a full, dark, strong tone with impressive clarity and secure response. The RT style provides the freedom to achieve a very solid, powerful sound with an endless capacity for the airstream. (Above picture: RT style headjoint in 14k gold)
ST: Featuring a rich variety of tone colors, the ST style is warm and expressive. The depth of sound is exceptional, allowing for spin and projection with smooth fluidity. (Above picture: ST style headjoint in 10k gold)
FT: This style is known for its balanced resonance, providing consistency between the registers. The FT style is responsive and reliable with crisp and clean articulation. (Above picture: FT style headjoint in 925 sterling silver)
Wood headjoints not only customize Sankyo wood flutes, but they also are a beautiful option as a combination with any flute. Wood headjoints on metal flutes dramatically change the tonal aspects and response, creating an earthy sense of texture and secure feeling. Enhance the flexibility of your primary instrument with the addition of a Sankyo wood headjoint.
Traditional: A dark, sweet sound with depth and projection throughout all registers. The Traditional style offers a comfortable amount of resistance and is very colorful, offering an expanded tonal variety.
Modern: Affords a great amount of stability and control with a powerful and refined sound. A very gratifying response and wide dynamic range are characteristic qualities of the Modern style.
Lip Plate: Features a hand-carved raised embouchure plate which facilitates ease of sound production. The Lip Plate style offers a comfortable and familiar feeling, along with a vibrancy and flexibility.