Flute Authority

Flute Authority

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Erik Swanson, Keith Hanlon & all the crew at Flute Authority have been taking care of my flute for 10 years (since it was new). They handled every aspect- sale, service, repairs & overhaul. I’m very happy with their work & customer service. Thanks so much!!
It is no longer viable for a teacher, especially in higher education! to say to students “I don’t teach new music or extended techniques.” From the classic works of Varèse and Berio to the music of Robert Dick, Ian Clarke and many others, music in new styles with new techniques has become a normal part of the flute repertoire, and every teacher needs to be conversant with contemporary music and the techniques involved. Students need to play new music in competitions and in contemporary music classes and groups, and teachers need to be prepared to help them. One of Robert Dick’s strengths is his passion for teaching teachers! He fully understands the challenges involved in learning new music and techniques while being a busy professional. Dick is known for the clarity and directness of his explanations and for the effectiveness of his methods, making what might at first seem overwhelming into an exciting, successful journey. http://robertdick.net
The Wildacres Flute Retreat welcomes Eldred Spell to our faculty. His main function will be to give private flute lessons but who knows what else he will be doing. An amazing flutist, flute restorer, headjoint maker, music researcher, and super nice guy, he attended the first flute class at Wildacres in 1978. In fact, he was the first one up to play for Wibb in that very first class. http://www.wildacresflute.com

The Flute Authority technicians have nearly 60 years of experience collectively and work exclusively on all brands of handmade flutes and piccolos.

Schedule an appointment for your instrument today online!

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07/22/2021

✨Flute Authority is hiring!✨

We are looking for a Marketing Strategist to work in our office in Coralville, Iowa. This person will use their expertise to plan and execute strategies for promotional materials, sales tactics, social media engagement, and other business activities for the brands that we represent including Miyazawa Flutes, Sankyo Flutes, Trevor James Flutes, Hammig Piccolos, and Song Headjoints.

See all the details and apply at our parent company here: https://westmusic.hrmdirect.com/employment/job-opening.php?req=1671308&#job

#fluteauthority #flute #woodwinds #flutejob #brass #jobsformusicians #fluteteachers #marketingjobs

✨Flute Authority is hiring!✨

We are looking for a Marketing Strategist to work in our office in Coralville, Iowa. This person will use their expertise to plan and execute strategies for promotional materials, sales tactics, social media engagement, and other business activities for the brands that we represent including Miyazawa Flutes, Sankyo Flutes, Trevor James Flutes, Hammig Piccolos, and Song Headjoints.

See all the details and apply at our parent company here: https://westmusic.hrmdirect.com/employment/job-opening.php?req=1671308&#job

#fluteauthority #flute #woodwinds #flutejob #brass #jobsformusicians #fluteteachers #marketingjobs

07/07/2021

✨JULY MYSTERY PRIZE SPECIAL✨

How it works:

Step 1: Share your personal Flute Authority experience on Facebook or Instagram and tag @fluteauthority

Step 2: Refer a friend. Once your friend schedules their appointment and mentions your referral, you qualify for the prize!

🏆Mystery prize is valued at $125! We will notify you prior to shipment.

*Special ends July 31, 2021

✨JULY MYSTERY PRIZE SPECIAL✨

How it works:

Step 1: Share your personal Flute Authority experience on Facebook or Instagram and tag @fluteauthority

Step 2: Refer a friend. Once your friend schedules their appointment and mentions your referral, you qualify for the prize!

🏆Mystery prize is valued at $125! We will notify you prior to shipment.

*Special ends July 31, 2021

07/01/2021

One of the most satisfying things for a technician is cleaning and polishing keys. Instruments that receive an overhaul get the keys dipped in Tarn-x since we are able to remove all the pads and felts. This process helps get stubborn tarnish off before we hand polish each key.

You can see in the video as the keys are being placed into the solution, the black tarnish slowly starts to disappear. Who doesn’t love having shiny keys again?!

Is your instrument in need of cleaning and servicing? Contact us today to schedule an appointment so we can make it look and sound beautiful again!

#flute #fluteplayer #flutes #flutelife #flutelove #silverflute #flutechoir #fluteteacher #fluterepair #flutecleaning #polishing #fluteauthority

05/20/2021

Have you scheduled your summer appointment yet?

Schedule now!

While you’re on vacation, send your instrument in for its vacation too! We work on all levels of flutes, piccolos, alto and bass flutes.

Beat the summer rush and schedule an appointment today online at www.fluteauthority.com!

#flute #flutes #fluteplayer #flutelife #flutelove #fluteteacher #flutechoir #piccolo #piccoloplayer #altoflute #bassflute #cleanoiladjust #fluterepair #professionalfluterepair #fluteauthority

Have you scheduled your summer appointment yet?

Schedule now!

While you’re on vacation, send your instrument in for its vacation too! We work on all levels of flutes, piccolos, alto and bass flutes.

Beat the summer rush and schedule an appointment today online at www.fluteauthority.com!

#flute #flutes #fluteplayer #flutelife #flutelove #fluteteacher #flutechoir #piccolo #piccoloplayer #altoflute #bassflute #cleanoiladjust #fluterepair #professionalfluterepair #fluteauthority

05/17/2021

✨INSTRUMENT FEATURE✨

This beautiful instrument is a Miyazawa 202 equipped with offset G, B foot, C# trill and regular wall tubing. It is a professional level flute that includes a solid 958 silver headjoint paired with a silver plated body and key mechanism. With this model, a player can choose between three different headjoint styles to customize the sound and response. This flute is great for any player stepping up from their intermediate flute!

Have you ever tried a Miyazawa flute? Contact us at [email protected] or a Miyazawa authorized dealer today to try this flute or one of the other amazing Miyazawa models.

#miyazawa #miyazawaflutes #miyazawaflute #flute #flutes #fluteplayer #flutelove #flutelife #flutesofinstagram #flutestudent #fluteteacher #flutechoir #fluteteachersofinstagram #silverflute #professionalflute #fluteauthority

✨INSTRUMENT FEATURE✨

This beautiful instrument is a Miyazawa 202 equipped with offset G, B foot, C# trill and regular wall tubing. It is a professional level flute that includes a solid 958 silver headjoint paired with a silver plated body and key mechanism. With this model, a player can choose between three different headjoint styles to customize the sound and response. This flute is great for any player stepping up from their intermediate flute!

Have you ever tried a Miyazawa flute? Contact us at [email protected] or a Miyazawa authorized dealer today to try this flute or one of the other amazing Miyazawa models.

#miyazawa #miyazawaflutes #miyazawaflute #flute #flutes #fluteplayer #flutelove #flutelife #flutesofinstagram #flutestudent #fluteteacher #flutechoir #fluteteachersofinstagram #silverflute #professionalflute #fluteauthority

05/06/2021

FINAL DAY!!!

✨SWAG GIVEAWAY TIME!!✨
We are giving away these lovely flute stands made by our very own Keith Hanlon.

HOW TO ENTER TO WIN:
1️⃣LIKE this post
2️⃣FOLLOW our account
3️⃣TAG your favorite flute friend who you think would also love these flute stands

💥BONUS ENTRY FOR SHARING THIS POST ON YOUR PAGE

🏆Winners will be announced Friday, May 7th on our Instagram and Facebook stories

Photos from Flute Authority's post 05/04/2021

✨SWAG GIVEAWAY TIME!!!✨

We are giving away flute stands made by our very own Keith Hanlon.

HOW TO ENTER TO WIN:
1️⃣LIKE this post
2️⃣FOLLOW our account
3️⃣TAG your favorite flute friend who you think would also love these flute stands

💥BONUS ENTRY FOR SHARING THIS POST ON YOUR PAGE

🏆Winners will be announced Friday, May 7th on our Instagram and Facebook stories

🐾Dog not included in the giveaway but he’s cute!

04/20/2021

This wood flute is a 1915 Haynes open G# that is being restored to playing condition. It had a crack through the lower D tonehole and the lower tenon is being reinforced with carbon threading. Since it has been a long time since this flute has been serviced, the wood was extremely dry and required extra conditioning.

More photos to come of this flute as it is being repaired!

Has it been a long time since your flute has been serviced? Schedule an appointment today with us online on our website at www.fluteauthority.com!

#flute #fluteplayer #woodflute #haynesfamily #hayneswoodflute #flutesofinstagram #flutelove #flutechoir #fluteteacher #fluterepair #flutemaintenance #oiling #fluteauthority

This wood flute is a 1915 Haynes open G# that is being restored to playing condition. It had a crack through the lower D tonehole and the lower tenon is being reinforced with carbon threading. Since it has been a long time since this flute has been serviced, the wood was extremely dry and required extra conditioning.

More photos to come of this flute as it is being repaired!

Has it been a long time since your flute has been serviced? Schedule an appointment today with us online on our website at www.fluteauthority.com!

#flute #fluteplayer #woodflute #haynesfamily #hayneswoodflute #flutesofinstagram #flutelove #flutechoir #fluteteacher #fluterepair #flutemaintenance #oiling #fluteauthority

Timeline Photos 04/15/2021

Tonight is the night!

Tonight's the night! Get ready for an hour of all things Sankyo with Sankyo repair tech Lauren Carr and master of obscure Sankyo trivia, Josh Johnson! 🤓🎶🙌⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Timeline Photos 04/13/2021

We are so excited for this! You will not want to miss this episode!

We are so excited to announce this month's featured flutemaker - Sankyo Flutes! Come listen to repair tech Lauren Carr of @fluteauthority, and walking encyclopedia of all things @sankyoflutes, Josh Johnson (aka @joshjnyc) this Thursday for everything you ever wanted to know about this special Japanese flute maker. 🎶⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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03/26/2021

Sometimes tenons on piccolos become loose for a number of reasons. Luckily, they are usually repairable and can be glued back into place making sure the tenon is stable again.

To remove this tenon, we had to heat it up to be able to remove the body from the glue underneath the metal tenon. Much care has to be taken during this process. We have to make sure the piccolo itself doesn’t get burned and when removing the body, the wood underneath the tenon is not damaged.

#piccolo #piccoloplayer #piccolos #woodpiccolo #yamaha #flutechoir #fluterepair #piccolorepair #flute #bandinstrumentrepair #professionalpiccolorepair#fluteauthority

03/08/2021

✨DON’T FORGET!✨

Our New Year repair special ends this month!

Book any COA or Overhaul by March 31st, 2021 to receive a FREE custom foam shipping box AND return shipping label for any appointments through 2021. That is a $70 value!

Schedule your appointment today online at www.fluteauthority.com!

#flute #fluteteacher #fluteplayer #flutechoir #fluteensemble #flutelife #flutesofinstagram #flutelove #piccolo #piccoloplayer #fluterepair #piccolorepair #altoflute #bassflute #annualservice #fluteoverhaul #fluteauthority

✨DON’T FORGET!✨

Our New Year repair special ends this month!

Book any COA or Overhaul by March 31st, 2021 to receive a FREE custom foam shipping box AND return shipping label for any appointments through 2021. That is a $70 value!

Schedule your appointment today online at www.fluteauthority.com!

#flute #fluteteacher #fluteplayer #flutechoir #fluteensemble #flutelife #flutesofinstagram #flutelove #piccolo #piccoloplayer #fluterepair #piccolorepair #altoflute #bassflute #annualservice #fluteoverhaul #fluteauthority

03/03/2021

✨FEATURED PICCOLO✨

This is a beautiful Hammig 650/4 piccolo with a Modified Wave headjoint. Hammig piccolos are well known for their alluring dark, sweet sound. This piccolo features a grenadilla body, silver key mechanism, Split E mechanism and the ever popular High G# mechanism.

The High G# mechanism allows the third octave G# to speak with ease without cracking and more in tune. This feature is a must-have for piccolo players.

Never tried this feature before? Contact us today at [email protected] or your local authorized Hammig dealer to try this amazing Hammig piccolo!

#piccolo #hammig #hammigpiccolo #professionalpiccolo #grenadilla #fluteplayers #flute #fluteteacher #flutechoir #flutelove #woodwindensemble #fluteauthority

✨FEATURED PICCOLO✨

This is a beautiful Hammig 650/4 piccolo with a Modified Wave headjoint. Hammig piccolos are well known for their alluring dark, sweet sound. This piccolo features a grenadilla body, silver key mechanism, Split E mechanism and the ever popular High G# mechanism.

The High G# mechanism allows the third octave G# to speak with ease without cracking and more in tune. This feature is a must-have for piccolo players.

Never tried this feature before? Contact us today at [email protected] or your local authorized Hammig dealer to try this amazing Hammig piccolo!

#piccolo #hammig #hammigpiccolo #professionalpiccolo #grenadilla #fluteplayers #flute #fluteteacher #flutechoir #flutelove #woodwindensemble #fluteauthority

02/11/2021

This headcork hasn’t been replaced in 10 years. It is old, dried out and water has broken the seal of the cork from the dark coloration on the bottom.

An old, not properly sealing headcork will not let you flute sound as great as it could be. Your flute will be less resonate and more than likely have intonation problems as well.

This is why it is so important to get your headcork replaced atleast once a year if you are playing your flute regularly. This is usually done during your annual COA.

If it has been more than a year since your flute has been in for service, let us know and we would be happy to schedule an appointment with you!

#flute #flutelife #fluteplayer #fluteteachersofinstagram #piccolo #flutesofinstagram #fluteteacher #flutes #flutecork #fluteheadjoint #fluterepair #instrumentrepairtechnicians #soundyourbest #fluteheadcork #fluteauthority

This headcork hasn’t been replaced in 10 years. It is old, dried out and water has broken the seal of the cork from the dark coloration on the bottom.

An old, not properly sealing headcork will not let you flute sound as great as it could be. Your flute will be less resonate and more than likely have intonation problems as well.

This is why it is so important to get your headcork replaced atleast once a year if you are playing your flute regularly. This is usually done during your annual COA.

If it has been more than a year since your flute has been in for service, let us know and we would be happy to schedule an appointment with you!

#flute #flutelife #fluteplayer #fluteteachersofinstagram #piccolo #flutesofinstagram #fluteteacher #flutes #flutecork #fluteheadjoint #fluterepair #instrumentrepairtechnicians #soundyourbest #fluteheadcork #fluteauthority

01/21/2021

✨TESTIMONIAL THURSDAY✨

Miyazawa Artist and Professor of Flute, University of Iowa, @neflute shared these kinds words about @fluteauthority.

“One of the greatest treasures of living in Iowa City is having the @fluteauthority practically on my doorstep! Erik Swanson has been my go-to flute technician even before I joined the @miyazawaflutes family and he has always kept my instruments playing to perfection. Erik puts his clients’ needs first and is always willing to tweak and make any kind of adjustment to meet your needs. Once, I was literally on an island with no technician in sight and I dropped my flute, bending one of the keys. I had a concert that evening so I phone Erik and he expertly talked me through the procedure over the phone. I have had several repair challenges over the years and Erik has always risen to the occasion. Outstanding work and customer service all around!”

Thank you @neflute!

#nicoleesposito #miyazawa #flute #flutes #flûte #fluteplayer #flutelife #fluteplayers #flutesofinstagram #goldflute #flutefamily #fluterepair #testimonial #testimonialthursday #fluteauthority

✨TESTIMONIAL THURSDAY✨

Miyazawa Artist and Professor of Flute, University of Iowa, @neflute shared these kinds words about @fluteauthority.

“One of the greatest treasures of living in Iowa City is having the @fluteauthority practically on my doorstep! Erik Swanson has been my go-to flute technician even before I joined the @miyazawaflutes family and he has always kept my instruments playing to perfection. Erik puts his clients’ needs first and is always willing to tweak and make any kind of adjustment to meet your needs. Once, I was literally on an island with no technician in sight and I dropped my flute, bending one of the keys. I had a concert that evening so I phone Erik and he expertly talked me through the procedure over the phone. I have had several repair challenges over the years and Erik has always risen to the occasion. Outstanding work and customer service all around!”

Thank you @neflute!

#nicoleesposito #miyazawa #flute #flutes #flûte #fluteplayer #flutelife #fluteplayers #flutesofinstagram #goldflute #flutefamily #fluterepair #testimonial #testimonialthursday #fluteauthority

01/19/2021

Check out this tech talk with our technicians Tonya and Erik this Thursday!

A little preview of the email that went out to our fabulous tech Patrons about our live chat with Miyazawa this week! We love bringing techs and flute companies together to talk directly with one another in these events. All the events are recorded and available to Patrons for access at any time. Want in on the fun? Join us at www.patreon.com/flutetechtalk as an Elite Repair Geek, and you'll have instant access to entire video library and the Zoom link for Thursday.

Videos (show all)

Check out how shiny this Powell is after receiving a cleaning and polish!..This Powell is ready to be shipped out after ...
Sometimes we have to go to extreme measures to extract a hinge rod out of a key.  The G# key hinge rod was frozen inside...
**MAY SPECIAL**Flute Authority is having a BOGO repair special during the month of May.  Here are the details:When you e...
Ever wondered how a head cork is made to fit inside a headjoint?  Here is a short video showing how we sand down a brand...

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1212 5th St
Coralville, IA
52241

General information

Flute Authority is the natural evolution of the four internationally recognized technicians who comprise the Miyazawa Repair Shop. Servicing all makes of handmade flutes and piccolos including Brannen, Burkart, Muramatsu and Powell, these talented artisans have captured the attention and loyalty of players all over North America. What sets Flute Authority apart from other shops is the unique daily collaboration and spirit of cooperation between four top technicians working exclusively on handmade flutes and piccolos. They have developed new tools and techniques and are constantly striving together to raise the standard for repair excellence.

Opening Hours

Monday 9am - 5pm
Tuesday 9am - 5pm
Wednesday 9am - 5pm
Thursday 9am - 5pm
Friday 9am - 5pm
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