Tips Posts

Tips On Oiling Piston Valves

That your valves need oil is not in question. If it moves, it should be lubricated. Today we’re talking about piston valves (like on a trumpet) and the different types of valve oils. Let’s get started.

There are hundreds of brands of valve oil available. Some are synthetic others are petroleum based and each has its own advantages. For many years petroleum based oils were the standard. They smelled bad and stained your clothing, but worked fine. Some were more refined than others and some had added smells – everything from chocolate to cinnamon! Some even had additives to make them smoother and slicker. However, all petroleum based oils have a tendency to dry out and leave the additives behind to foul your valves.

For the majority of our school music instrument repairs we have chosen to use a synthetic oil. It does not smell, does not stain your clothing, is long lasting and works fine. Unlike petroleum products, it comes in thin (for new valves) regular (for student instruments) and heavy for instruments that have worn valves). We think for most players and students that synthetic oil is the best choice. We use Hetman and Accent oils in the shop for this reason and is what is provided in our starter packs.

You might be wondering if there is a right or wrong way to get the oil from the bottle onto the piston. There are many ways to do this: Some right; some not so right.

Generally, the best way to oil your valves without taking the undo risk of dropping them is just to lift them part way out of the casing and apply a liberal amount of oil to the part with the holes in it (called ports). Then you can turn the pistons around a few times and put them gently back into the casings. (See video below) If you are careful, the guide will “click” back into place and you are ready to go. If you were not careful and the valve stays misaligned, air will not go through the horn. If that happens, there is no need to panic. The valves are in the right casings, you just have to turn them half way around and again listen for the “click”. The secret is not to take the pistons out and lay them on a table or you lap. This is when pistons can get damaged or out of order and when re-installed, the instrument will not play.

Our advice is to stick with taking them half way out and applying the oil exactly where it is needed on the pistons and casings.

If you have any questions about caring for your instrument, please call 1-800-382-1099.  We’d be happy to help!

Be Prepared For Cold Weather and Contest Season

We originally posted this article back in November of 2015.  It remains to be good advice to revisit as cold weather approaches.

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In case you haven’t noticed it’s here again. COLD WEATHER! Just a reminder that leaving your instrument out in the cold weather can lead to serious repair problems. Especially with woodwind instruments like wooden clarinets, oboes, bassoons and more. If the temperature gets too low it can actually freeze the moisture in the wood and cause it to crack.

When a cold instrument is taken inside it should not be put together and played right away. A rapid rise in the temperature can cause the wood to crack also. It needs to acclimate to the inside temperature. The body on the instrument should be held in your hands and blow some warm air through the bore for a few minutes before putting it together to play.

Like we mentioned this time last year, string instruments are subject to the same conditions. Cold freezing temperatures can cause the wood to crack and also cause the seams where they are glued together to come apart. Just like the woodwind instruments when taken inside after being out in the cold they need a few minutes to acclimate to the inside temperature before being played.

Also……….In case you haven’t noticed something else is almost here again. CONTEST SEASON! Now that marching band is behind us and all the Holiday Concerts are all scheduled it’s time to remember that contest season starts up in January. So getting your instrument in before time and having it in top playing condition can lead to a more successful and less stressful contest season.

2017 November SuperSale at Paige’s Music


2017 SuperSale at Paige's Music In Indianapolis

The “Super Sale” at Paige’s Music is one of our biggest sales of the year. If you are thinking of “stepping” up to an intermediate or advanced level instrument this is the best time to do it. We would love to help you find the best instrument for your advancing student or answer any questions about this special promotion.

Here’s how it works – Come to the store and draw a coupon that will allow you to “SUPER SIZE” your savings. The coupons range from 5%-50% OFF* our already low prices!

OR – If you would rather not use the coupon that you selected, you can use our 12 months same-as-cash* option. There’s no interest as long as your balance is paid in full within 12 months. There are minimum payments due each month and our retail staff can help estimate what those might be.

Tips On Caring For Your Saxophone

Daily care and maintenance of your instrument is very important to how well your instrument performs. Watch this quick video below for a few, quick tips on caring for your saxophone.


You can find more care and maintenance videos for saxophone by clicking here.

Grand Opening Event Series at Paige’s Music – Free Concerts and Clinics

Please join us on the evenings of November 9th and November 13th to help us mark the Grand Opening of our new retail showrooms at Paige’s Music.

George Pope – Flute Clinic and Performance

George Pope Flute Clinic and Performance at Indy Flute Shop

On November 9th, the Indy Flute Shop will host a FREE clinic and performance by George Pope, Altus artist and Emeritus Professor of Flute at the University of Akron! George Pope is hailed as a motivational and highly successful teacher. Still an active performer, Pope released …some measures for living, a solo CD, in 2016. Laurence Vittes of Gramophone UK has written: “The wonder of Pope’s playing is how engagingly, articulately, flowingly and objectively he pours himself into the music.”

He currently serves as the Instructor of Flute at the Baldwin Wallace Conservatory and has served as Principal Flute of the Akron Symphony Orchestra for 24 years and Principal Flute of the Blossom Festival Orchestra. He has performed with the Cleveland Orchestra, the Ohio Ballet Orchestra, the Cleveland Philharmonic, the Canton Symphony Orchestra, the Toledo Symphony Orchestra, Lyric Opera Cleveland, the Tulsa Philharmonic, the New Mexico Symphony, the Monteux Festival Orchestra and the Brevard Music Center Orchestra. In addition to this impressive list, he has also served on the presidential cycle and as program chair of the National Flute Association, and he will be the recipient of the NFA Distinguished Service Award at the 2018 convention in Orlando.


Sybarite5 – String Quintet Performance

Sybarite5 Performance at Encore Orchestral Strings

On November 13th Encore Orchestral Strings will host the amazing Sybarite5 String Quintent in concert.  Tickets are FREE!

“Their rock star status…is well deserved. Their classically honed technique mixed with grit and all out passionate attack transfixes the audience…” That is how the Sarasota Herald Tribune described SYBARITE5, the first string quintet ever to win the Concert Artists Guild International Competition. Comprised of Sami Merdinian and Sarah Whitney, violins; Angela Pickett, viola; Laura Metcalf, cello; and Louis Levitt, bass, SYBARITE5 has taken audiences by storm all across the US, forever changing the perception of chamber music performance. From the moment their bows hit the strings, this quintet of talented, diverse musicians takes the audience on an exciting ride that engages the senses and redefines the rules.

Very Limited Seating – Please Reserve Your Tickets

Both events are being presented inside the new retail showroom at Paige’s Music.  Seating will be very limited and we highly recommend that you reserve your tickets in advance at the links below or by clicking on the appropriate image above.

Ticket Pages:

George Pope Flute Clinic and Performance

Sybarite5 Performance