- Flute Anatomy, Materials and construction
- Acoustics, Scale, Tuning
- Cleaning, Lubrication, Polishing, Assembly
- Padding, Corking, Felting
- Routine Maintenance
- Basic and Advanced Repairs
- Unique to the Piccolo
- Flute and Piccolo Headjoints
"The new edition of the Complete Guide to the Flute and Piccolo by J. James Phelan is a extraordinary book - a compendium of essential information every flutist will want to own!"
past principal flute, New York Philharmonic
"This well-researched, easy-to-read guide to basic design and maintenance of the flute and piccolo should be a part of every flutist?s library. An indispensable resource, Jim Phelan's revised second edition, with numerous contributions from Lillian Burkart, includes quotes from historical flute makers such as Quantz and Boehm, and modern sources such as Verne Q Powell and Albert Cooper. Phelan's use of scientific terminology is clear and accessible for performers and teachers alike."
Mary Karen Clardy,
Professor of Flute, University of North Texas
"For years the care and repair of the piccolo has not been taken seriously by teachers or repairmen, usually because no one knew quite what to do. But now, finally, with Jim Phelan?s Complete Guide, everyone has a chance to make the necessary adjustments. In a chapter devoted completely to the piccolo, Jim talks about headjoints, tenons, materials and all the aspects of piccolo acoustics. It is the most important book yet for the understanding of the piccolo and how it works. We no longer have to believe in Voodoo. Thanks, Jim, for a most important addition to our knowledge and understanding. Artists can now find the same quality in piccolos as we have come to expect and demand from flutes."
solo piccolo with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
" I read it with great interest and would not hesitate to recommend it to flutists, especially to anyone interested in the workings of the flute. To my knowledge, there is no other book like this one. Congratulations!"
principal flute, New York Philharmonic