As promised, I have more exciting updates to share with you about the shop–we now have flute-specific acoustic tiles installed in the showroom! These were designed by a professional acoustics company, GIK Acoustics, and I am so excited to take the Indy Flute Shop experience to the next level.
When most people think of acoustic tiles, they picture what you usually see in band and orchestra rooms in schools–functional, but not particularly pretty. Well, these are definitely different. They are perfect for the flute shop because they create “an even balance of low end absorption without losing high frequency presence. The Impression Series features beautifully decorative, semi-reflective rigid plates attached to absorptive acoustic panels and bass traps. The rigid plate not only gives the panel a stylish appearance but also helps reflect/scatter the upper frequencies in your room giving the proper balance needed.” The science behind room acoustics, especially in regard to musical instruments, is fascinating and really complicated! A space is said to have good acoustics if it provides the sound environment conducive to the way we want to use it. This becomes important to what we do here at Paige’s Music because if customers are trying instruments, we want to make sure that the room helps to make the instrument sound better, rather than dampening or muffling the sound. For flutes, this translates into making sure that the higher frequencies of the instrument are amplified properly without becoming shrill or deadening the sound.
And now for the important part–the room sounds great! I haven’t been able to make a video yet, but I can tell you that the tiles really do help bring out the best qualities of different flutes and the quality differences between instruments. Take a look!