Flutist Michael Hasel of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra playing a custom made S. Kotel elongated Boxwood model

Flutist Michael Hasel of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra playing a custom made S. Kotel elongated Boxwood model

Michael Hasel, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra & Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet:

During a visit to Boston with my quintet, I had the enormous pleasure to try several of Sergey's headjoints during rehearsals and to spend a full morning in his studio to check a wide variety of them.

The headjoints are of excellent craftsmanship, the diverse exotic woods are of finest quality and perfectly seasoned. But first of all they all deliver a very unique sound, depending on the sort of wood. They speak easy and precise, thanks to the perfectly shaped Blackwood lip plate. The sound is full, colourful and rich through all octaves.

The elongated type seems to be an interesting alternative to conventional headjoints, with its still more resonating and projecting quality.

The mix-and-match effect with my wooden Anton Braun flute was simply stunning, but also for players of metal flutes Sergey's headjoints will be a great choice to explore a more personal and colorful world of flute sounds. I highly recommend the S.Kotel headjoints.

Julie Buckler, professor of Slavic languages and literatures at Harvard University

lifelong amateur flutist:

— As a lifelong amateur flutist, I treasure my Powell instrument and try to keep it in good condition with regular service. After meeting Mr. Klepikov, I was excited to learn that it was possible to use a wooden headjoint on a modern silver flute and curious about the potential difference in the sound.  I was not certain which of the woods might suit my taste, but Mr. Klepikov was kind enough to lend me headjoints made from Grenadilla, Pink Ivory, and Boxwood, and he also allowed me to take home a traditional and elongated model in each wood – a total of six different headjoints to try out! 

After a week of experimenting, I chose the yellow European boxwood (Buxus sempervirens) with a black grenadilla lipplate in the traditional length.  I should first say that the Kotel wooden headjoints are beautiful objects in themselves and it is a pleasure to look at and handle my new headjoint.  I found that the lighter boxwood produced a rich and mellow sound, quite different in quality from my usual metal headjoint, but with excellent projection.  I had been concerned that a wooden headjoint might not speak as readily and with the same precision as a metal one, but in fact, my Kotel wooden headjoint is extremely responsive, due to the careful shaping of the blackwood lipplate. 

I have been using my Kotel headjoint for playing Baroque music and find that the timbre is perfect in this context, blending beautifully with the keyboard accompaniment.  I am delighted with the fact that I have added such a striking new dimension to my beloved, longtime instrument and know that the new headjoint will enhance my pleasure in playing for a long time to come.

Flutist Eric Lamb Rummel, soloist with the International Contemporary Ensemble, testing wooden headjoints