The headjoint is the most important element of the flute. It is responsible for tonal colors and projection as well as articulation and response. For this reason players continually search for a 'perfect' headjoint which matches their performance needs and is capable of producing any kind of sound they can imagine. Yamaha offers several handmade gold or silver headjoints which were designed in cooperation with outstanding artists from around the world. Each model was inspired by the talent and experience of these great musicians. The Type M Handmade Headjoint was designed with Shigenori Kudo.