About Mancke

MANCKE has been producing superior handmade headjoints since 1986. The company was started by Christoph Mancke, who began his flute studies in 1965 with Professor Ludwig Jann in Dortmund. His love of music and the flute lead his interests to the construction of the instrument itself. In 1986, he produced the first MANCKE headjoint, beginning a family tradition of excellence. His son, Tobias, joined the business in 1998.

Tobias Mancke started his music studies with saxophone before switching to the flute. He studied flute with Hans-Martin Müller, WDR Radio Symphony Cologne. He is a trained toolmaker and has made tools for (among others) Dana Sheridan, recognized as one of the finest living flute makers, from whom he received his flute-making training.

After joining the family business, Tobias focused on research and development, with his father Christoph, to develop new headjoint models and combinations of materials. Tobias became the sole owner of MANCKE Flutes in 2002 and continues to craft handmade headjoints to the highest standard in his state-of-the-art shop in Speicher /Germany.


MANCKE superior headjoints are played worldwide by renowned soloists, orchestral players, professors, and conservatory students. Tobias maintains extensive contacts with professional flutists to follow the trends and demands of markets around the world. This close contact allows MANCKE to react to specific trends and market demands. This collaborative approach has led Tobias to develop many material combinations to offer the widest variety of complex color and sound potential, responsiveness and control. MANCKE handmade flute headjoints are available in many models and combinations of materials, offering the broadest selection available in the industry.


Tobias further revolutionized the piccolo world with his patented MANCKE Interchangeable Adaptor System. This system allows for MANCKE piccolo headjoints to fit to any piccolo brand and model. An interchangeable screw-in tenon is available in different sizes to perfectly fit inside the piccolo, while the adaptor sleeve in different sizes can be selected to fit properly on the outside of the piccolo. This system allows the player to the entire selection of headjoint possibilities on any piccolo. The broadest selection of piccolo headjoints in the industry is available through MANCKE. All MANCKE piccolo headjoints share the consistency of superb workmanship that MANCKE flute headjoints are known for – unparalleled responsiveness, flexibility, resonance and projection.

Have a look at the Adaptor System here.


Through Tobias’ vision and innovation, MANCKE headjoints are some of the most sought after flute and piccolo headjoints in the world.  The specific quality of a MANCKE headjoint is a highly consistent mix of intense sound with vibrant presence and depth, flexibility and effortless projection. There is no one MANCKE sound; rather the right pairing of a MANCKE headjoint to the artist, which will release all of the potential of the flute in their hands to create their own, uniquely expressive sound.

Notes from around the World

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