Steve Loeb is the owner of L & L Music · Wind Shop, Inc., and repairs all band instruments. Here are a few questions we asked him about how he got started.
1. What instrument(s) did you start playing and when?
I started playing flute in 5th grade and added oboe in 10th grade.
2. What did you want to do before deciding to repair instruments?
In 7th grade I decided to be a music teacher and designed my middle & high school schedule around music. After college I didn’t want to be a teacher anymore and chose musical instrument repair.
3. How did you learn instrument repair?
I went to Eastern School of Musical Instrument Repair which was in New Jersey.
4. What part of instrument repair do you like most?
Fabricating new & different ways to play an instrument, whether replicating a new part or modifying an existing one.
5. Outside of music, what other hobbies do you enjoy?
I used to bicycle, but now I mostly play the 4 common computer card games: Solitaire, Spider Solitaire (4 suits), Minesweeper (Advanced in less than 3 minutes), and Freecell.
All Flute family instruments – 35% off list price (includes flutes, piccolos, recorders, tin & penny whistles)
Get a pop music book FREE with purchase of a new or used flute. (Book max value $15.95, cannot be exchanged or returned for refund.)
K & M “Rainbow Series” Music Stands – Any color $24.99
Metronomes & Tuners – 15% off our price
Silk Flute & Piccolo Swabs – 10% off our price
Flute Cases – 10% off our price
Disclosures: No trade ins or rental credits allowed. Cannot be combined with other offers or coupons except free book offer. Sale prices good on in stock inventory only 3/14/15 to 3/17/15.
Congratulations to the winner of our monthly drawing – Dominic Moulden. He is the winner of a Got Music mug.
Diana Loeb is a flute teacher and co-owner of L & L Music-Wind Shop. She was kind enough to take time out of her busy schedule to answer a few questions for this month’s newsletter.
1. Who is your favorite composer?
2. What is your favorite classical piece?
Mozart’s Flute Concerto in G major
3. What instrument did you start playing?
4. If you were an instrument, what would you be?
5. Is there anything you want to do as a musician that you haven’t done yet?
There are two; I want to perform a solo concerto with an orchestra accompaniment and perform a solo flute recital.
Congratulations to the winner of our monthly drawing – Wendy Siegelman. She is the winner of a mini music box.
When: The 10-week course will tentatively begin on Tuesday, March 3, 2015 and will continue every Tuesday night till mid May.
Time: 7pm to 9pm
Cost: $250.00 (price hasn’t changed in more than 10 years!)
How to Sign Up: Call the store 301-948-7273.
Steve will be holding a course on maintenance and band instrument repair. The course is designed to help the student distinguish between major and minor repair problems. We will also learn to prep school instruments for the start of the new school year.
Did you know that if you don’t clean your mouthpiece regularly it can affect your playing? When you play, your saliva carries water, food particles, plaque, and sugars through your mouthpiece and into your instrument. Most players remember to swab their instrument but what about their mouthpiece? After playing the moisture evaporates and leaves behind the food particles, plaque, and sugars to harden inside your mouthpiece. After a period of time this changes the inside diameter of the mouthpiece which alters the sound. Most musicians don’t notice this change because it happens gradually over time. Sometimes it can be so bad that the player believes there is something wrong with their instrument, or they even consider buying a new mouthpiece.
Mouthpiece cleaning is very important and we highly recommend it be performed on a weekly basis. If you bring in your mouthpiece, we will clean it for FREE! We also have brushes for you to perform the job at home with your preferred dishwashing soap. Some metal mouthpieces can even go in the utensil basket of your dishwasher (gold plated mouthpieces not recommended).