Monday, July 9, 2012
Debut at NFA
In the past, I have watched flute-related businesses prepare for the National Flute Association Convention, and observed that often July and August were spent in a frenzy of activity for this one event..
And now all of us at Flute Pro Shop are doing the same thing! The excitement is growing as we assemble all the various elements that go into such an undertaking: we are doing everything we can to make the most of our debut at NFA.
So I asked an architect I know (my husband) to design a fabulous display for FPS, and voila! We will have an eye-catching display that is as practical as it is gorgeous. So the surprise isn't ruined, we will post photos of it on the web site and on Facebook and Twitter once we have it all set up on the exhibit floor.
New table runners, table banners, and floor banners are all here and ready to go. Plants and furniture rented from the convention service. Internet accessibility assured.
Clothes are at the cleaners, the all-important hair appointment and dog-sitting all arranged. The search for comfortable shoes is progressing. (Do let me know if you have any tips in this department, please. When the puppies are aching, everything else does too!)
Not only is FPS exhibiting at NFA, but our own Dave Kee will be continuing his fine repair work at the Muramatsu booth. He'll be hanging out with Erv, Susan, Val and Anthony. BTW: Anthony and I will be exchanging swimming workouts. Hope I can keep up!
Can't attend this year?? No worries! We will interview some of our favorite people at NFA: Alan Weiss from Haynes, Jessica Watts from BG France, Di Zhao from New England Flutes, and Erv Monroe from Muramatsu America. They will be posted on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.
We have kept things small and simple this year, exhibiting at have only one table, and what we will be exhibiting will be the very finest offerings we have. 14 K Powell flute with silver mechanism, Susan Milan's 14 K Pearl Headjoint, a Burkart 995 flute with 1/2 off-set G. The gorgeous platinum-clad, engraved Muramatsu flute that is waiting for just the right person. A Powell grenadilla wood piccolo that was played by a top Philadelphia freelancer. Have you tried the Haynes 5% gold flutes yet? Amazing!! David Chu headjoints and other silver and gold headjoints. We'll have a full supply of BG France instrument care products in their stunning new display bag.
What else? Happy Hour specials! You don't need alcohol for these: significant discounts will be available from 4 to 6 daily, a different instrument special each day. The Happy Hour specials will be announced each morning so people can be prepared.
And then there is the fun of seeing colleagues, meeting new friends, and sharing meals with people who are flute geeks just like me. Fun!