By listening to the needs of flutists, Lillian Burkart has developed an awareness of changes in playersʼ sensibilities regarding sound production and response.
This drives the design of the headjoint. Every headjoint is tested by the founder to assure artistic and tonal integrity with her design. Whether your need is for a powerful, rich headjoint with projection in the orchestral environment, a sweet sound for chamber music, or a mellow and easy headjoint in the studio or club, at Burkart we will make you the appropriate headjoint.
A wide selection of metals and two distinct embouchure shapes allow us to offer the player a palette of timbral colors. We use the noble metals and innovative combinations in the tubes, risers, and lip plates. Please see the list of metals for complete descriptions.
The Burkart headjoint is selected for your flute after a one-on-one consultation and trial, and you can exchange them for up to six months. For a small service fee, we can send headjoints directly to you for a no-obligation trial. We offer the same service to those wishing to upgrade other makes of instruments with the renowned Burkart headjoint.
Flute Headjoint Styles
C4 Model: This embouchure, derived from a classic cut, produces a warm, round, full-bodied sound. It is noted for its fluidity and flexibility in slurring wide intervals. The player will enjoy homogeneity in all three octaves, and even into the fourth register. The stability and ease of play allow for nuance within a wide range of colors and dynamics.
M2 Model: This unique cut is Lillian Burkart’s most innovative. The air stream is quickly excited and the player achieves exceptional response and projection. The embouchure shape focuses the tone, resulting in a clear, clean, and directed flute sound. All three octaves have a ringing resonance and a dark core. The M2 model provides an unprecedented dynamic range and powerful low register.
Flute Headjoint Options
14K Riser with Silver Lip-plate: Available on Sterling Silver and 998 Silver headjoints.
14K Riser with 14K Lip-plate (14K Embouchure):
Available option on Sterling Silver, 998 Silver, and 10K Gold Headjoints.
5-95 Platinum Enhanced Silver Riser with Silver Lip-plate: Available option on 5-95 Headjoints.
Platinum Riser with Silver Lip-plate: Available option on Sterling Silver, 998 Silver, and 5-95 Headjoints.
Lip Plate Engraving: Burkart offers custom lip engraving. You may choose from one of our designs, or craft a design of your own and request a quote.
Some examples of engraving:
Please contact us for more information on engraving your lip plate.