Powell's Handmade Custom flutes have been the "gold standard" of the flute world for more than eight decades. They have been celebrated for their flexibility of color, ease of response, and reliability; this is why instruments made in the 1920s are still being played today in some of the world's greatest orchestras. Every Custom flute continues this tradition and is handmade to exacting specifications by Powell's skilled artisans in Maynard, Massachusetts. Every instrument is a highly functional tool as well as a stunning work of art. The choice is yours.
Powell Flutes currently offers four different headjoint styles: The "Philharmonic Cut," the "Soloist Cut," the "Venti Cut," and the "Lumina Cut."
The Philharmonic Cut has a relatively broad, flat lip plate. Articulation is crisp and clean, and the style produces a deep, rich tone with a broad dynamic range.
The strength and flexibility of the Soloist Cut headjoint allows the player to fill a hall or perform the quietest passages easily, with complete command. The slightly curved lip plate offers quick articulation and a full range of colors.
The Venti Cut, developed by Mr. Paul Edmund-Davies to mirror his experience of singing in a cathedral choir, has excellent depth of sound through all three octaves, and a very resonant and free third octave.
The Lumina Cut, the newest member of the Powell headjoint family, offers players a less resistant but still very colorful headjoint option. This headjoint has quickly become the most popular of Powell's headjoints because of its powerful, dark sound.