Three kinds of powell headjoint, which one do you prefer??

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cheese
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Three kinds of powell headjoint, which one do you prefer??

Post by cheese » Sun Jun 01, 2008 10:22 am

Sterling Silver with 14K Gold Riser
Aurumite 14K with 14K Gold Riser
Sterling Silver with 14K Gold Lip & Riser


Are there any huge different between gold lip&riser and gold riser?
Does anyone played them before?
Thanks everyone :P

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Post by fluttiegurl » Sun Jun 01, 2008 12:46 pm

Some say there are a lot of differences, others claim that there are not. I personally believe it can depend on the player. You will just need to try them.

cheese
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Post by cheese » Sun Jun 01, 2008 1:12 pm

Sterling Silver with 14K Gold Riser $1,420
Aurumite 14K with 14K Gold Riser $1,620
Sterling Silver with 14K Gold Lip & Riser $2,100

I wonder the amount of gold in aurumite is very less, because of the price......$200.

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Post by ick27 » Tue Jun 03, 2008 4:36 pm

They make headjoints out of a lot more metals than that. I think you can get tubes out of silver, Aurumite 9K, Aurumite 14K, 10K gold, 14K gold, 19.5 gold, or platinum. You can get risers out of everything but Aurumite I think, and same with the lip plates. (I believe Aurumite 9K has the gold on the outside while Aurumite 14K has the gold on the inside). Certain combinations they don't usually make (like silver risers on gold headjoints, etc.) but they probably could if you really wanted one.

When I read the subject I thought you were referring to the three different headjoint cuts Powell currently offers.. The cut has much more effect on how a headjoint plays than the metal.

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Post by fluttiegurl » Wed Jun 04, 2008 2:18 pm

Aurumite actually has little gold from what I understand. It is a way of bonding gold to silver. This is according to what I remember of a conversation that I had with a Powell rep a few years back.

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Post by cheese » Thu Jun 05, 2008 9:44 pm

finally, I've got a silver headjoint with 14k riser
The "feeling" is better than the aurumite headjoint
so strange!

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Post by jrbrook76 » Thu Jun 03, 2010 2:26 pm

I am currently testing a Powell Double Aurumite (14k inside and 14k Outside with Silver in between) with a silver lip and a 14k Riser. It's a wonderful combination, and plays well on my 9k Aurumite Powell Conservatory flute. This head has a very rich sound, I love it. I'm probably going to buy it. It has a silky smoothness to the sound that I don't have with my 9k Aurumite head with silver riser and gold lip. In terms of do they "Sound" different it depends on the player in my opinion. I think that gold is different (to me) in the amount of effort necessary to achieve the same sound. In other words, it's easier to get a deep rich warm sound on a gold headjoint than a silver head. For me. What I like about Aurumite is that it's somewhere in between.

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Post by jrbrook76 » Thu Jun 03, 2010 2:32 pm

fluttiegurl wrote:Aurumite actually has little gold from what I understand. It is a way of bonding gold to silver. This is according to what I remember of a conversation that I had with a Powell rep a few years back.
It isn't the amount of gold, as much as the way what gold there is affects the response of the instrument. The point of Aurumite really was to have a metal that responds a certain way depending on how the metal is distributed. I 14k Aurumite inside with gold riser, is going to respond more like a gold flute, but carry a brightness of a silver flute. The silver inside with silver riser is going to respond like a silver flute, but be less bright and warmer like gold.

Aurumite is about 25 times more gold than gold plating. According to the seller of my Double Aurumite (14k inside and out, 14k riser, silver lip), my headjoint is about 2/3 gold and 1/3 silver. Which would be about 1/3 on a standard Aurumite headjoint.

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Post by fluttiegurl » Thu Jun 03, 2010 4:44 pm

I honestly don't remember much of what I learned about the aurumite flutes back when I was trying headjoints. It has been at least 4 years ago since I first talked to the rep I had referred to, when they first really hit the market. At that time, I remember that I was impressed with the response. After hearing that the company had some production issues with them, I dropped the idea altogether, and purchased a different headjoint so it has been nearly as long since I tried one.

It is nice to have input from someone else on this since this has been a long time (2 years since the initial post). From what I do understand, some of the production issues have been worked out. The idea of the double aurumie is completely new to me. I may have to try one out again, though I doubt that I will be buying a new one anytime soon.

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