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  • 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 […]

  • Brand spotlight: Altus & Azumi

    Posted by
    Erin Nichols
    Date
      March 31, 2015
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    Every month or so, I will be highlighting a brand of flute and/or piccolo that we carry here in the Indy Flute Shop. First up is Altus and its sister step-up flute, the Azumi! The Altus flute company was started by master flute maker Shuichi Tanaka. He began collaborating with William Bennett in the late 1970s, using Bennett’s influence […]

  • French pointed key arms

    Posted by
    Erin Nichols
    Date
      March 24, 2015
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    This week’s burning question: What are French pointed key arms, and how do they differ from “regular” keys?
    French pointed key arms have traditionally been a feature on semi-professional and professional-grade instruments, due to their handmade features and greater time associated with creating them. Unlike the tradition […]

  • Headjoints

    Posted by
    Erin Nichols
    Date
      October 29, 2014
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    This week, the IFS blog is all about headjoints! Surprisingly enough, this part of the instrument is often responsible for the biggest sound improvement when upgrading to an intermediate or higher level instrument. Extra keys and gadgets are certainly important as well, but the headjoint is what really makes the sound sparkle and a flute […]

  • C# Trill key

    Posted by
    Julia
    Date
      March 9, 2010
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    I get a lot of questions about the C# trill key and what its uses are.  I have heard varying opinions from teachers and players.  Some say it’s not worth the extra weight it adds to the flute and it isn’t that helpful.  Others say that if they could only have one option on their flute at all, it would be the C# trill.  I […]