curvedflute  What is a Curved Head Flute?


  • For younger students, a curved head joint option offers an easier reach to the lip plates while maintaining a comfortable position.
  • The curved head joint makes it possible for a young flutist to hold the instrument without having to reach beyond his or her capabilities at first.
  • Be sure to check with your local music dealer, band director, or flute teacher when deciding whether to purchase the extra head joint option; the initial cost is nominal.Purchasing a regular flute and discovering later that the student really needs the curved head necessitates the purchase of the curved head joint and another case as well.

Best of Both Worlds and Our Top Choice by Yamaha

The Yamaha YFL-221 Flute comes with both a straight and curved head.

This YFL-221 curved head flute comes with both a straight headjoint and curved headjoint. The Yamaha standard curved headjoint is designed to be used with Yamaha 200-series standard flutes to help smaller beginning flutists develop proper posture by easing tension and stress. This headjoint is made from durable nickel silver and is silver-plated for a beautiful look, and sound. YAC YHJ-UCCKIT comes with a special case cover featuring an outer pocket to store and transport your curved headjoint.

Yamaha Curved Head Flutes have become a favorite among teachers because of the open sound and easy playability. The headjoint, body and foot joint are made of durable nickel- silver. Neoprene bumpers increase durability and achieve a maximum fit against the body. Recent improvements include a stronger post design to prevent bending of the posts, easily accessible adjustment screws, an improved adjustment screw material and body markings for proper positioning of the footjoint.

Featuring the same high-grade design and craftsmanship as the 300 and 400 series models, this Yamaha model YFL-221 student curved head flute is made of durable nickel silver with an attractive silver-plate finish. They are characterized by excellent response and intonation.

Another option is the Plastic Curved Head Flute by Nuvo

The Nuvo flute is a revolutionary new flute designed to make learning much easier. The flute is made from durable ABS plastic resin which makes it almost half the weight of a metal flute. The light weight coupled with the curved head means that much less physical stress is put on the student. This reduces fatigue and aids concentration which means practice is more enjoyable and progress is faster. The flute is fully chromatic with the same fingering as a regular concert flute. It plays with a loud and resonant tone which teachers and flute performers have described as astonishing. The durability of the instrument also enhances the learning process as students can be encouraged to keep the instrument out of its case without fear of damage. This results in more frequent and spontaneous practice. The flute is also waterproof which means it can be used for marching band and it can also be washed frequently in warm soapy water.The flute kit includes a smart semi-hard case with carry strap as well as a cleaning stick, left hand key extensions, tool kit and O-ring grease.

The kit also includes the patented removable “First note” lip plate. The recorder-like mouthpiece enables the student to immediately produce a tone. This is very encouraging and enables the student to concentrate on posture and fingering before moving on to learn the correct embouchure with the regular lip plate. The flute plays down to low D and can be upgraded when the student is ready by purchasing the flute Upgrade Kit which includes a straight head and a C-feet joint. Colored key caps are available to personalize the flute or for color coding as a teaching aid. Technical specifications: Fully adjustable curved head joint, locked adjustable plug and crown, removable lip plate system, patented optional “First note” lip plate, self-seating silicone pads, silicone comfort rests, left hand key extensions, offset G, bayonet fitting D-feet joint.
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