As a result of experiments specified and commissioned by me, I found that the replacement of the usual cork assembly in the head of the flute with stoppers made out of a variety of metals, can improve the tone (including its flexibility) and responsiveness; furthermore there are, in the experience of the player, marked differences between different metals. The experiments were started in 2001 and from 2003 onwards have continued at a much reduced rate. The acceptance of metal stoppers is increasing - so far those made out of zirconium have been the most commercially successful. Metal crowns can be added to advantage.
However after several years of experience it has become clear to me that although a stopper & crown of zirconium improve most metal flutes (as a matter of interest, not my present instrument) they are not necessarily the best combination and there other combinations of metals that are markedly better (see the Products page). If you are serious about your playing please contact me and we can discuss the question of trials; you may find that there is a combination that will impart a touch of magic to your playing.
A stopper is simple and easy-to-install in almost any flute head. Simply remove the crown and cork stopper from your head, fit the new stopper, fit the new crown. The difference in sound and response can be surprising and strikingly attractive.
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DAVID SYMINGTON- FLUTE AND PICCOLO STOPPERS AND CROWNS