The newest flute available from Brannen Brothers Flutemakers, Inc. is the 15/85 Brögger Flute! This flute is made from an alloy of 15% gold and 85% silver; it offers a unique playing and hearing experience emanating from the world-renowned work of Headjoint Maker Rainer Lafin. Mr. Lafin has used this alloy for many years to create his fine headjoints, and now Brannen-Cooper® flutes are available in the same material.
The Brögger Flute:Our most well-known, popular instrument, this flute combines the traditional fingerings of the Boehm system with the enormous advantages of the Brögger Mekanik™. This mechanism increases the reliability of the keywork and reduces internal friction, allowing keys to be adjusted much more closely to individual preferences. A soldered tonehole flute, the Brögger offers the widest possible range of options, including choice of materials and custom keywork. We are proud to offer the Albert Cooper Orchestral Model as an option on our Brögger flutes.
Brannen Brothers' headjoint styles are based on the research and designs of our Vice-President Emeritus, Albert Cooper.
Projecting and responsive, our interpretation of Albert Cooper’s popular design has the flexibility to cover a wide range of tone colors.
Flexible yet stable, the Modified Cooper produces a rich, full sound with slightly more resistance than the Modern Cooper.
USE OF BRANNEN-COOPER HEADJOINTS ON OTHER FLUTES
Because the headjoint is so important in determining the sound a player gets from a flute, many players choose to improve the playing characteristics of their current instruments by using Brannen-Cooper headjoints.
J.R. Lafin Headjoints
We are very pleased to announce that Lafin headjoints are now exclusively handcrafted and sold at Brannen Brothers. In May 2008, J. Rainer Lafin of Lorrach, Germany. signed an agreement with Brannen Brothers to have his head joints made by Brannen Brothers' fine head joint makers.
Mr. Lafin came to the States and spent significant time training Brannen Brothers' headjoint makers to craft Lafin head joints to his exciting professional standards.
These are not Lafin-style headjoints, as offered by other companies; they are genuine, original Lafin headjoints!
Garner Headjoint owners Bradley Garner and Michael Geoghegan met for the first time back in the early eighties. Their mutual desire for advancement within the flute industry sparked an immediate connection between the two. As long time friends, they decided in 2009 to design and produce headjoints together. Their initiative was to design and produce headjoints that would improve a player’s performance on any flute.
THE TEAM'S MISSION
As woodwind players, we are fortunate to have such a variety of flute companies making quality headjoints and flutes, however it is crucial in the industry that we don't become complacent with the performance of the instrument. We are forever grateful to Theobald Boehm and his ground-breaking work on the acoustics and key system of the flute that we still use today. It is necessary to continue to innovate, and we strive to improve all aspects of performance related to pitch, sound production and overall ease of play. With the Garner Headjoint, we believe that we are reducing performance obstacles that face flutists around the world. We strive to continue to press the limits of headjoint design in order to enhance your performance and we look forward to your feedback as we work to improve upon the challenges you face.
The Garner Headjoint will improve the pitch throughout the 3-octave range of any flute without having to make major manual adjustments to your embouchure by rolling in or out or by directing or changing your airstream. Try it with a tuner vs. your current headjoint. Garner Headjoints allow easier changes in tone colors, tonguing, jumping of octaves and less splitting or cracking of notes. Produced in a variety of metals, many used for the first time in headjoint design, a Garner Headjoint will make your flute perform with greater ease and will enhance your playing.
Power Bands- Power Bands (patent pending) are used to secure the wall to the tube without using soldering methods. Since the high heat required for soldering softens the tube, the Power Bands (patent pending) allow the tube to remain very hard, effectively improving the resonance and the spectrum of sound that is produced. The Power Bands (patent pending) also apply pressure to the tube around the embouchure allowing for cleaner tonguing and jumping of octaves.
Materials- Extremely innovative methods of fabrication are employed in order to utilize metals that have never before been used in headjoint design. Tantalum and niobium are both pure metals that are extremely hard and dense which positively affects both the high frequency and low frequency overtones or the color and spectrum of the sound produced.
Crown Assembly- All Garner Headjoint models contain a weighted crown and a weighted assembly with a rubber stopper. Cork is not used at all in the assembly. The rubber stopper will not deteriorate over time and requires little to no maintenance. Construction of the extra weight in the assembly and crown creates a hard dense surface that reflects all of the sound back out the open end of the flute, greatly reducing absorption or loss of sound in the crown.
Taper- The taper is designed using very specific and finite dimensions that are crucial to the harmonics of the scale and intonation of the flute. The same taper is used on all models of Garner Headjoint.
Riser- The embouchure cut on all Garner Headjoints is the same, and in line with the style of a free-blowing cut. Because each dimension of the embouchure has a particular effect on different performance characteristics, the embouchure cut that we have selected and use on all our headjoints we believe is the very best compromise of all of these characteristics. All risers are produced and cut the same in order to minimize variations between headjoints of the same model and all models of Garner Headjoints produced.
Bradley Garner - Professor and Professional Flutist/Owner
Dr. Bradley Garner has played the flute for over 40 years throughout the United States, Asia and Europe as a soloist, orchestral and chamber musician. For the last 30 years he has been heavily involved in flute and headjoint design. His flute designs and the scale of the flute have been used by literally thousands of flute players around the world. He is on the faculties of The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, The Juilliard Pre-College and New York University. His teachers were his father, Gary Garner, and Julius Baker.
Michael Geoghegan - Engineer/Owner
Michael Geoghegan entered the flute industry in the mid-seventies and in the eighties designed, engineered and produced Phoenix Flutes played by many leading musicians of the time. As an engineer and machinist with a knack for problem solving, Michael is constantly pressing the limits of the industry in an effort to create a product with the best performance qualities. Michael designed and produces all Garner Headjoints in his machinist shop located in Moretown Vermont.
Kate Montross - Sales and Marketing Manager
Kate Montross joined the team in 2011 in order to handle all customer relations and sales and marketing initiatives. Kate is eager to ensure that all inquiries are handled and customer needs are met so make sure to voice your opinion, ask questions, and interact on this site so we can find out what you think about Garner Headjoints and continue to improve for you.
A 14K gold alloy that provides amazing tone colors, great articulation and tonal dexterity. This headjoint is made of solid 14 karat gold with Power Bands (patent pending).
Tantalum Headjoint BG/Ta19
A Tantalum alloy (patent pending), exclusive to the Garner-Headjoints, provides a tonal spectrum previously unknown in the flute world until now. This headjoint produces both a sweet and pure quiet sound in all registers and projects an enormous and large sound when needed. The range of dynamics and tone colors are limitless and greatly exaggerated with this headjoint allowing the player to be as expressive as possible. The lip plate, wall, crown and Power Bands (patent pending) are all made of solid sterling silver.
An amalgamated tube of sterling silver, 14K-gold, 24K-gold and tungsten (or chromium carbide), this headjoint provides tonal and performance characteristics unmatched by traditional tubes.This headjoint is not available with the Power Bands.
Sterling Silver with 14K Gold BG/SSG
A tube made of sterling silver, with a sterling silver lip plate and crown. This model benefits from the solid 14K rose gold wall and Power Bands (patent pending).
14K Rose Gold with Sterling Silver BG/14KS
A solid 14K gold tube that provides amazing tone colors, great articulation and tonal dexterity. This headjoint model is fabricated with solid sterling silver power bands (patent pending), and a sterling silver lip plate, riser and crown.
Made of niobium alloy that is slightly lighter than tantalum, this niobium headjoint has the same tonal characteristics as the tantalum but with less overall weight. The lip plate, wall, crown and Power Bands (patent pending) are all made of solid sterling silver.
An amalgamated tube of sterling silver, 14K-gold, 24K-gold and zirconium, this headjoint provides the great performance of gold at a fraction of the price. This headjoint is not available with Power Bands (patent pending).
Sterling Silver BG/SS
A tube made of sterling silver, with a sterling silver crown, lip, wall and Power Bands (patent pending).