About us

Our story

Michael Geoghegan was part of the Boston Handmade Flute industry. He started repairing Flutes in 1971 and by 1975 he had raised the quality of his work to a level that attracted the interest of Edward V. Powell, son of Verne Powell. Edward Powell was an accomplished flutist and teacher. Ed Powell directed Michael to the Powell Flute Company where Michael worked as a finisher for 5 years. At that point, Michael decided to start his own flute making operation producing the Phoenix Flute and the Geoghegan Flute from 1980 to 1984.

 

In 1981, the Phoenix flute caught the attention of Bradley Garner, a distinguished international flute soloist. Bradley tested the flute and thought it was one of the best instruments being made at the time. It was the beginning of a lasting relationship.

The birth of the Garner Headjoint

It was a fortuitous day when our founders, Brad Garner and Michael Geoghegan, first met in 1981. Brad was already a distinguished international flute soloist and Mike, an accomplished engineer and machinist. But despite their diverse backgrounds, they found that they shared a common bond: to explore new ways of advancing the traditional headjoint and, in so doing, take the ideas of Boehm and Cooper to revolutionary and exciting new heights.

 

After years of research and experimentation, they unveiled the first Garner Headjoint in 2009. Today, Garner Headjoints are being played by musicians and enjoyed by audiences all around the world. We like to think that Theobold Boehm and Albert Cooper would both be very pleased.

Our mission

We are committed to helping every flutist unleash his or her true potential. We will accomplish that goal by using only the finest materials, most advanced technology, exceptional craftsmanship and an uncompromising dedication to excellence. We stand behind every Garner Headjoint that we produce and promise that it will be an enduring testament to our commitment.