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 Re: Lafin Headjoints
Author: magicflutist 
Date:   2007-07-06 19:28

So James, I've played several Lafin heads. The first of them was one that Lafin calls an alloyed head, probably because it's 15% gold. This head was a dream, even though the price was around $4500.00 (likely to be more now) Anyway I was so taken with this head, that I called Mr. Lafin, and I was more complimentary and effusive than I thought I could ever be. I must have done a good job 'cause he put me close top the top of the waiting list. I received my silver Lafin about 45 days thereafter and I have to tell you.....it was a dogggg. Slowww to respond, and just a whole lot of work to play. I called Lafin and very tactfully explained the situation, and to the great astonishment of many, he agreed to make me another one. Well a slight to moderate improvement there, certainly not the be all end all head I was hoping it would be. Keep in mind that I was trying it on an old Brannen with traditional felt pads. I've also played it on a Straubinger flute with drawn tone holes and it was excellent on that flute. Interestingly the head plays differently on every flute I try it on. What I'm saying here is that there are so many variables to consider, and a great head on one flute might be only so so on another flute. Finally the bottom line is that you always sound like you, and the best you can do is to find a setup that assists you in bringing out the positive characteristics in your playing while causing you to jump through the fewest number of hoops. Lastly, and I can tell you from lots of experience, pads can make a huge difference. Have your flute overhauled (Paul Rabinov is a great repair tech in L.A.) with Straubinger or Schmidt "digital pads" and you won't believe the difference. Happy head hunting, Magicflutist



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