Each Lillian Burkart designed, African grenadilla wood, piccolo headjoint is crafted with the utmost care and meets the players requirements for acoustical warmth, hardness, density and, with proper management, stability.
The world's finest grenadilla is selected for the Burkart piccolo headjoints. Burkarts aging process is unmatched and includes selection, curing, turning, drilling and, most of all, time. Headjoints are available in three different cuts.
Modified Wave: The headjoint profile is carved with a slightly higher front wall (the blowing edge) and lower back wall against which the chin rests. It produces a very rich, clean, projecting tone, with easy control of dynamics. The low register is very focused, enabling good projection and articulation.
Burkart:The rectangular shape of this embouchure is slightly overcut at the sides of the embouchure hole for an open, “flute-like” sound that blends well in ensembles. Our most flexible headjoint style, you can push it to the extremes of fortissimo high notes without it being shrill, and it can produce a colorful, sustained diminuendo.
Clarion: This relatively small embouchure hole, with modest rounding of the edges, is reminiscent of early French and German piccolos. The tone it produces is very focused and sweet. For players using a small aperture when playing, it will have the most stable, clear tone of the various headjoint styles.