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  • 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 […]