Instruments

  • Brand spotlight: Pearl flutes

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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. […]

  • Brand spotlight: Haynes & Amadeus

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    Erin Nichols
    Date
      July 7, 2015
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    For our next focus on brands that are sold here in the Indy Flute Shop, we are going to take a look at famed American flute company, William S. Haynes and Co. Haynes is one of the oldest flute-making companies in the world, and their workshop has been based in Boston since the 1880s.
    The Haynes company has a rich history of fine instrumen […]

  • Lip plate/riser options

    Posted by
    Erin Nichols
    Date
      June 30, 2015
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    In the spirit of talking about the plethora of different options that are available for flutes, I am focusing this week on options that are available to customize your lip plate and/or riser. There are many things that can be added to this part of the flute, often for a reasonable cost, since the surface area is relatively small compared […]

  • Split E mechanisms

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    Erin Nichols
    Date
      June 23, 2015
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    One thing I have learned since coming to work at the Indy Flute Shop just over two years ago is this: there are a mind-blowing number of options available to customize your flute to your needs! Silver content, lip plate shapes and materials, silver mechanisms, engravings, key features–you name it, somebody has requested it! This can […]

  • Wood flutes

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    Erin Nichols
    Date
      June 9, 2015
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    How many of you have played a wooden flute? There are many different varieties out there, from traditional Native American instruments to pan flutes to fife-like instruments, but the ones I want to talk about today are the traditional, C-scale flute that we generally think of, only made entirely of grenadilla (or similar) wood!
    Wooden flu […]

  • Summer Time Maintenance

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    Erin Nichols
    Date
      May 27, 2015
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    Hello, all! It’s great to be back from the Big Easy. Thanks to Jeremy, our Retail Sales director, for his wonderful musings on summer time playing last week. I wanted to elaborate on that subject some and give some tips on summertime repair and maintenance—especially prudent for those of you who are about to start summer marching prog […]

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