Q: How do I purchase?
A: Due to the overwhelming demand (thank you!),and the fact that this is really a one man show, I no longer sell directly to customers. World-Winds items are available here on Etsy.com. Most items are also on Amazon.com. Either way, I assure complete satisfaction. Any issues that arise come to me and I personally make sure you are well taken care of.
Q: Do you offer wholesale pricing for distribution?
A: YES! IF you have a retail or online shop, feel free to contact me so we can taylor a program that best fits your needs. These items are a real hit in craft stores, Yoga studios, music stores and the like.
Q: Which instrument should I choose?
A: First of all, if you don't like what you ordered, just return it. Consider it a trial(you pay return shipping!). Sometimes it takes a few tries to see what works for you. Feel free to ask as many questions as you want before and after you order something. We'll do our best to advise you through your journey.
Q: Are these instruments fragile?
A: There are two tests that I go by to define fragility:
1. The floor drop test: Will an instrument survive a drop from 5' feet on to a tile or cement floor.
2. The smush test.
This is when an instrument can usually survive a grown person sitting or standing on it.
DROP TEST SMUSH TEST
Shakuhachi Yes Yes
Bamboo Flute Yes Sometimes
NAF Flute Yes Yes
Clay Ocarinas No Yes
Bamboo Ocarina Yes Yes
Q: Help! My bindings broke on my flute & I lost my strap for my Ocarina.
A: Don't worry, we offer replacement bindings, straps and totems for all of our instruments. Just order what you need in our parts & repair section.
Q:How do I care for my bamboo flute?
A: All of the bamboo instruments that I sell are made from high quality bamboo. With proper care and attention, they can last a lifetime. To prevent cracking or splitting, try to follow these basic guidelines:
1. Keep it from drying out! The pro models have been treated with Tung Oil. The standard models, Mineral Oil. You can maintain both types with either Oil. Time between treatments is up to you. But, if it feels dry, then it's time.2. Do not leave it in your car on a cold winter night, or a hot summers day.3. Don't let it get rained on, or store it in a damp basement. After playing, wipe down any condensation from your breath.4. Keep it in a safe place, away from dogs, babies & wrestling matches.
Q:Does hand size matter?
A: Yup. The bigger instruments can be a real stretch for small hands. Measure your hand from the tip of the pinky finger to end of the thumb. Stretch them as far apart as they will go. This CHART will tell you what you can easily play.
Q: Are these instruments safe for children?
A: As a father of 3, I can say that they are. We recommend everything that we sell (hand size dependent) for anybody over the age of 4. All materials used are non-toxic and Earth friendly.
Q: Is this a green company?
We pride ourselves in having a 0% waste production facility.
No pesticides or poisons are used in our bamboo groves.
No fertilizers, only on-site composting & mulching.
We recycle all bamboo refuse and use it as a major ingredient in our mulch.
All the clay is just that. No drying additives or hardeners.
All finishes & oils are safe for mouth contact. We do the best we can to meet the highest standards of Earth & People friendliness.
Q: What's the deal with the logo?
A: World Winds Logo Story
Q: You throw around the term 'Native American" quite loosely, don't you?
A: Well, sort of. I use it to describe a particular scale, the Minor Pentatonic. I also use it to describe an instrument as having similarities to the characteristic NAF tone. And in certain instances, I use it to refer to traditional Native American instrument design or techniques.
So, I have my reasons. Some people have a very narrow & protective attitude towards using Native American terminology. As a person with Arapahoe ancestry, I take the First Nation's traditions very seriously, and only wish to honor them.