|10K Gold Crown|
Every part of a headjoint has an effect on the character of that headjoint. The headjoint crown is no exception. The weight and shape of the crown, as well as what it is made of, all contribute to the sound of the headjoint.
In most cases, a heavier crown will give a headjoint a dark, rich tone. Many players prefer a heavy crown made of 19.5K gold for this reason. A player might find, however, that a headjoint with a heavy crown reacts a little slower than the same headjoint with a lighter crown.
The shape of the crown also affects the way a headjoint sounds. A crown that is straight and hollow where the cork assembly attaches tends to allow a headjoint to vibrate more than a crown with a rounded, solid bottom. Some players prefer a crown that is solid and rounded where the cork assembly attaches as headjoints with these crowns tend to have a more clear, smooth sound.
There is no one perfect crown. Like choosing a headjoint, it is a matter of personal preference. Trying crowns can be very interesting, and rewarding if a great match is found.
|Left to Right: 19.5K, 14K, and 10K gold crowns.|
|Silver, 19.5K, 14K, and 10K crowns.|