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Flute Crowns for concert flutes - (Sterling Silver, Polished Bronze, Steel, Rose Gold Plated, Rhodium Plated)
We currently have 2 in stock.
These bespoke crafted crowns allow you to personalise your flute, or adjust its playing characteristics. It replaces your orignal flute crown. The unique design allows this crown to fit on many flutes, so you can use it on multiple instruments or swap it to a new flute when you upgrade.
This current listing has various materials and finishes:
Gold-plated steel - leftmost in the primary picture. This is a hard-wearing yellow gold plated finish, with a party-polished textured appearance. Some people describe it as 'vintage' look. Quite unique.
18k rose/red gold-plated brass - second left in the main picture. This highly polished brass item has been 14k rose gold plated. Rose gold is a particularly beautiful colour and compliments silver, platinum (or other silvery coloured metals) or rose gold headjoints particularly well.
Rhodium-plated brass- third from left in the main picture. Rhodium plating on the polished brass has a particularly deep and shiny finish - similar to silver but even shinier. Compliments any headjoint material really well.
Sterling Silver- furthest right in the primary picture. Highly polished silver finish - compliments all headjoint tube materials well. This is the most popular option, but personally, I prefer the look and feel of the rhodium plated brass.
Matt Black Steel - an unusual 'aged' look, almost looks as if it is made from coal!
Polished Bronze - provides a look not unlike rose gold. Beautiful to look at and my favourite to play overall.
18k Yellow gold plated brass- the traditional yellow gold look - a bright yellow.
If you want a crown in another material, plating, finish or to fit a wooden headjoint, please get in touch first.
They make great gifts for flute players for birthdays or Christmas.
These crowns are solid and strong but should be treated much like jewellery. Plated items should not be aggressively polished.
After removing (usually unscrewing) the old crown, these crowns push fit into the end of your headjoint tube. You need at least 8mm space between the top of your cork/stopper and the end of the tube for the new crown to push into. If in doubt, send me a picture of the end of your flute headjoint tube with your current crown removed.
They fit all western concert flute headjoints (orchestral/band/student flutes in C), but so I can ensure a perfect fit I prefer if you take measurements of the inside diameter of your flute headjoint tube, at the crown end. Whilst most flutes are very similar, each has a specific taper and given this measurement I can set it up for you before shipping. Please message me with these dimensions following placement of your order.
Any able flute technician or engineer can make this measurement for you using a vernier caliper. Please provide the measurement in millimetres. For example, on one of the headjonts in the main picture on the listing the internal diameter of the tube at the crown end is 16.5mm, and on another, it is 16.8mm. You can make some limited adjustment yourself too.
Each crown is made bespoke for you. The current lead-time is approximately 10-15 days, though occasionally I have stock ready to adjust and send out immediately.
Please note that sterling silver, bronze and brass will naturally tarnish over time. The item has been prepared like any good piece of jewellery, but may need re-polishing as the years go by. Please note that all plated options need to be handled with care, like any plated jewellery. Hard wearing or deep scratches may erode the surface. Please treat these precious crowns with care, like you would the rest of your flute.
You are purchasing a flute crown only. The flute headjoints featured in the photographs are not included and are shown here to indicate how the crows look when fitted to the headjoint!
The crows are supplied with weights that allow you to add and remove weight from the crown to suit your playing style and balance of the instrument. These weights can only be used when you do not have an existing threaded rod (usually with old-fashioned cork) in the headjoint tube. The crown functions perfectly without the weights too.