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  • Flute stands

    Posted by
    Erin Nichols
    Date
      May 9, 2017
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    How many of you have been sitting in a rehearsal or practice session, especially those of you who double on piccolo or another instrument, and feel like you’re performing a balancing act with your flute on your lap? Or you’ve found yourself setting your instrument on your chair, or–heaven forbid–the floor? There is […]

  • Microphones

    Posted by
    Erin Nichols
    Date
      September 27, 2016
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    I have gotten several questions recently from amateur performers about using a microphone when performing, and that’s a tricky question to answer! Often, a microphone is definitely needed to help amplify an instrument that can be very easily drowned out when playing as an accompaniment to an ensemble–for example, a church choi […]

  • Shokunin

    Posted by
    Erin Nichols
    Date
      August 23, 2016
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    Earlier this year, the Indy Flute Shop and Paige’s Music became a Shokunin Select Dealer. What does Shokunin mean? Yamaha phrases it as:
    Shokunin
    (sho-ku-neen) Japanese (n) craftsman, artisan.
    “The Japanese word shokunin is defined by both Japanese and Japanese-English dictionaries as ‘craftsman’ or ‘artisan,’ but such a lite […]

  • Straubinger Phoenix Pads

    Posted by
    Erin Nichols
    Date
      June 7, 2016
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    Many of you know that the Straubinger family is responsible for making some of the very best flutes on the planet. David and Joel Straubinger’s flutes represent the very highest in handcrafted quality, attention to detail, and top-of-the-line materials. Many professional flutes, including several brands carried at the Indy Flute Shop, f […]

  • Brand spotlight: Pearl flutes

    Posted by
    Erin Nichols
    Date
      September 1, 2015
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    This week, I wanted to highlight a brand that many people have heard of, but not necessarily in the context of flutes: Pearl! “But wait, doesn’t Pearl make drums?” is a question that I hear so often when people come into the shop–and the answer is yes! Pearl is very well-known for their fantastic percussion sets an […]

  • Pad Savers: facts and myths

    Posted by
    Erin Nichols
    Date
      August 25, 2015
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    Of all of plethora of accessories available to fine flute players, there are few that produce such confusion and mystery as one: the Pad Saver. Okay, maybe I’m exaggerating a bit, but I do come across students who are not sure how to use this accessory properly, at the risk of damaging their instrument, so I thought I would spend so […]

  • Soldered tone holes

    Posted by
    Erin Nichols
    Date
      August 11, 2015
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    Good morning! Tomorrow I am embarking on a very exciting trip to Washington, D.C. for the annual National Flute Association convention! Last year’s convention was my first time attending, and I am SO excited to see what this year brings! Be sure to check the IFS Facebook page for pictures and updates! In the meantime, I wanted to ta […]

  • Key plugs

    Posted by
    Erin Nichols
    Date
      August 6, 2015
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    Boy, it seems like summer is getting shorter and shorter, doesn’t it? Here at Paige’s Music and the Indy Flute Shop, we are in full swing with back-to-school time, preparing students for beginning or continuing band. It’s such an exciting time for everyone! This week, I wanted to take some time to explain the purpose of […]

  • Tarnish troubles

    Posted by
    Erin Nichols
    Date
      July 14, 2015
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    “My flute just isn’t as shiny as it used to be!!” We all know how frustrating it is to see our meticulously-maintained instruments starting to develop discoloration, especially in those pesky hard to reach places. This week, I wanted to talk a little bit about things that can be done to help put the brakes on this issue. […]

  • Straubinger pads

    Posted by
    Erin Nichols
    Date
      April 7, 2015
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    This week, we are happy to feature one of Indy’s finest: Straubinger Flute Company, maker of fine flutes and world-renowned Straubinger pads. David Straubinger and his son, Joel, are the makers of very fine, handmade instruments, which are only available for purchase directly through the company. In addition, their pads are known an […]

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