Howel Roberts headjoints – Flute Center of New York
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Howel Roberts headjoints

Howel Roberts was born in Liverpool, England, and started his apprenticeship in flute-making in 1974 at the Flute-makers Guild in London. He was taught by Harry Seeley, a renowned flute-maker and former worker at the Rudall Carte flute-making company. At the 'Guild' he built piccolos, alto flutes, and concert flutes in sterling silver and 14K gold. It was here that he was also introduced to the woods used in flute-making - wooden flutes being a substantial part of the Guild's output. After 5 years, Roberts left London and moved to Germany where he started making flutes at the workshop of Max Hieber, Munich. In 1994, after 20 years of making flutes for other companies, Howel decided to start his own company, making instruments to his own style and standard. In the early years at the Flute-makers Guild in London, Roberts had always been fascinated by the wooden flutes and their tonal quality. This fascination accompanied him throughout his flute-making career. He had started to buy and season various woods in 1980 and it was this wood that became invaluable in later years when he started my own company specializing in wooden flutes and headjoints. Howel Roberts produces the finest wooden headjoints available anywhere. The thin wall head joints have a raised lip-plate which is carved out of the wood. An inlay along the lip-plate can be requested with the Grenadilla heads, creating a contrast to the dark wood. The thick wall head joints, being a larger size, possess completely different tonal qualities and are somewhat darker in sound. Both the thin and the thick wall head joints respond and project extremely well. The wood used for the Howel Roberts wooden flute is seasoned African Blackwood (Grenadilla), with Cocuswood and Cocobolo available on request.