You get what you pay for: piccolos

I did something I knew I would regret the other day: I went to Amazon and searched “piccolo.” No brand name, no price specifications. As I expected, a plethora of inexpensive instruments in an array of colors and finishes greeted me, promising great sound...

Curved head flutes

This topic is one from the archives, but with updated information! When most flute players think of curved headjoints, they think of alto and bass flutes. But did you know that curved headjoints are available on regular C flutes as well? These instruments, designed...

Emerson DeFord

At the National Flute Association convention in Salt Lake City this past August, the 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to master flute maker and entrepreneur Emerson DeFord. Many aspects of the flute that we take for granted today, particularly on student...

Test Drive Your Contest Solo

If you haven’t seen on Facebook, we are getting ready to host the first event of the new decade (!!), and it is a great opportunity that you don’t want to miss if you know (or are) a student preparing for ISSMA Solo and Ensemble contest. Do your students...

A Very Flutey Christmas

It’s almost Christmas! I truly hope that each and every one of my readers is having a fabulous holiday season, whatever your celebrations and traditions may be. I feel so fortunate to be able to share a very small part of my customers’ celebrations every...

The end of an era

In the spirit of the season, we are celebrating and remembering here at the flute shop and Paige’s Music this week: our long-time head of repair, as well as flute repair guru, Tim Roethler is officially retiring this Friday the 13th. Tim has been with...

Win-D-Fender

Hot New Product alert, now at the Indy Flute Shop: The Win-D-Fender! If you have done any amount of outdoor playing, you’ve been there: you’re all warmed up and ready to play, you take a deep, full breath to play your first note, and…nothing. You find yourself...

Giving thanks

Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday–and only partially because it revolves around eating a delicious meal! I love the spirit and joy of the Christmas season, but there’s something about Thanksgiving, a holiday dedicated to feeling grateful,...

Red for Ed

Downtown Indianapolis is seeing all shades of red today, and not just because of the upcoming holidays! This morning, more than 15,000 educators descended on the Indiana Statehouse to lobby for increased funding and a change in school and teacher accountability for...

Galway Crusader Headjoint

A few weeks ago, I had the honor (or honour, as the case may be) of seeing Sir James Galway perform some of the greatest standards in flute literature at the Palladium Center for Performing Arts in Carmel. I also was fortunate enough to meet him briefly after the...