Bigio Crown and Stopper
A simple, cheap and easy-to-install improvement to any flute headjoint. Simply remove the crown and stopper from your headjoint, fit the new stopper, fit the new crown. The difference in sound and response is astonishing.
The stoppers and crowns are made with the very hard element zirconium. After researching every possible metal, Robert has found zirconium to be the best material for resonance and sound production. Both stoppers and crowns are held in place with an O-ring.
Flute players are amazed how the sound of a flute changes when they fit their head joints with this revolutionary product! Players who use them have said their flutes have become louder, smoother and more responsive.
Fitting is easy. Simply unscrew the original crown and push out the original stopper using the tool supplied. The tool is hollow and will apply pressure to the stopper itself, not to the screw. Next, put the new stopper in the headjoint and push it into position with the tool. The three lines on the tool will help you find the correct position. Finally, push the new crown into position. The whole job takes just a minute.
The stoppers will fit almost any headjoint, but the crowns must be made to measure. I need a measurement of the inside of the top of your headjoint (the crown end). Any repair person will be able to do this for you in seconds using a vernier caliper. Another option is to simply send us the head joint and we will fit the crown and stopper for you the same day and overnight the head joint back. We will pay the shipping costs to return the head joint. You will be without it for only 2 or 3 days. Of course, we return to you the original stopper and crown assembly.
David Symington's article. In a recent issue of the British Flute Society magazine, Pan, David Symington published an article describing some stoppers I made for him in over a dozen materials from aluminium to zirconium. This article has now been published on the Web, on Larry Krantz's site: