Over the years, we've received requests for a "more free-blowing" Signature headjoint, and this year, we set out to design a completely new style headjoint known as the "Signature II." Prototypes were developed and then tested in several phases by flutists on the Powell production and sales teams, Powell artists, and Powell dealers. The resulting headjoint was not only free-blowing -- it was completely unique. We sat down with Powell finisher and headjoint cutter, Lindsey McChord, to learn more about the Signature II headjoint...
The Signature II is the latest in Powell's offering of headjoint styles, which includes the Soloist, Philharmonic, Venti, and Signature. Lindsey told us that the Signature II uses the Soloist wall and the Philharmonic lip plate, which is slightly wider than the current Signature lip plate. Those who have tried the Signature II found that it is extremely responsive and allows for clean, crisp articulation while producing a full and focused sound.
What exactly does the cutting style of the headjoint mean for a flutist? Well, Lindsey tells us that the rounded shapes allow air to go smoothly through the riser and down into the tube without anything catching the air stream. The rounded overcutting and undercutting make the headjoint "very smooth to play."
Lindsey added that she is "especially excited about the new headjoint because it is so different from anything else." If you're interested in trying the Signature II headjoint, click here to find our list of authorized Powell dealers in your area or contact us directly with any questions.