My name is Nadja Spooren. I have been teaching for years at different locations in the Netherlands. After graduating from the Conservatorium of Amsterdam, I started
teaching, playing concerts and storytelling under the flag of my own practice: de Panfluit Praktijk. In January 2015 this webshop was added to my activities.
It is often difficult to know where to turn for a proper instrument, and I aim fill that void. This is twofold: I sell instruments that I believe in and can genuinely recommend, and I offer advice to those who have questions about what would suit them.
Gibonus panflutes by Marek Tesluk are instruments I use a lot for my own students. They don’t break the bank but do offer good quality. It is often a very good instrument to start with, or to have as an extra in a different range. Wood sounds different from bamboo, and they are not solo-concert instruments, but they are perfect for ensemble playing and for developing technique and know-how.
Q’Awary panflutes are a new find: instruments made from this material are not available in Europe yet, as far as I’m aware. I was stunned by the sound and possibilities of a sub-bass I tried when visiting a colleague. When ordering one for my own use, it was a small step to starting a pilot with 24-pipe panflutes in the standard G tuning (g’-b’’’’). If there is enough interest in these instruments, they will become standard items in the shop.
A good instrument is very important when making and experiencing music. Panflutes, however, are not available in every music store and specialised advice is hard to get even if they do offer the instruments. This was a problem I encountered as a student and later on as a teacher. Now I can offer a visiting address in Grave, the Netherlands, close to the city Nijmegen, for those who want to try the instruments and could use some honest advice.
Advice can also be given via the contact form. I have not gathered a lot of knowledge about this instrument just to keep it to myself – feel free to ask! I will tell you what I know, and if I don’t, I will refer you to colleagues who might.
Gibonus panflutes are built in Poland by Marek Tesluk. He uses simple but good materials for the panflutes sold here: maple wood and plastic corks to close off the tubes. The wood has a warm sound. It is less flexible in colour than bamboo, but still give many years’ musical enjoyment when you decide to learn to play the panflute. Gibonus panflutes sound well across the entire instrument, high and low. They are ideal for ensembles, because the tenor and bass flutes are very affordable. This may just realise that dream of a second instrument for ensemble playing!
Panflute builder Ruben Muñoz is the man behind Q’Awary. He has been refining his technique for the past ten years. He uses Amazon bamboo, which has different qualities from European bamboo: the material is thicker, which gives a slightly breathy sound, and it grows to much greater lengths, which reduces the risk of knots. These knots in bamboo could cause the tone to crack because the pipe is uneven, but even subbass instruments made from Amazon bamboo can be made from completely straight and even bamboo pipes. The narrowing which does occur naturally when there is a knot, is used as the mouth piece of a pipe. That way, there is no need for a wooden ring to be inserted to still be able to produce sound when the pipes become very wide. Because of these qualities, I recommend the bass flutes of this material. We also sell the more usual 22-pipe range flutes in G major – although the first two pilot instruments arrived as 24-pipe panflutes, but better to have some extra than to fall short.
Please keep in mind that the costs of panflutes built in Peru are higher than that of the wooden panflutes, because they are generally custom-made and have to be imported from outside the EU.
The 24 and 27 pipe flutes can be tried at our visiting address. Other ranges can be ordered and custom-made. Should you have a particular instrument in mind, feel free to contact me for information.