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Peruvian Flutes and Sopraninos --- Brothers in Arms?

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Hi good people. I just found out that I may be going to Peru in late March, 2012. I take travel very seriously. I think I have food and alcohol covered. I assume local wines are similar to Chilian reds.

I will probably take the Vento sopranino with that insanely expensive mouthpiece and #3 bflat clarinet reeds. So now, dear scholars, how do I do prepare for this experience? I started downloading Peruvian music. It's good. So far so good.

I've always been attracted to that wooden flute sound and that aggressive percussion. A lot of people play together with layered music. Can I find New Orleans music making style somewhere here? Do Peruvians second line? Is there a brick and mortar place in Peru that is devoted to music of the ancient cultures? Are there people similar to gypsies in Spain who make music?

What do I do now, other than buying every glossy tourist DK book available and start saving for this damn trip?
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I found this post when I was in Cusco, so I went to the Triunfo St. address. I had trouble finding the street (it said Triunfo St. on the map, but not on the actual street). There was a touristy place nearby, and I thought the more expensive flutes looked like a reasonably nice wood, so I bought one. It was 70 sols -- $28. The lady who owned the shop said the mouthpiece is bone. It looks very much like the flute with the white mouthpiece in the photo above. I have no problem producing a nice big sound on it.

I may have lost my chance to choose from a really big selection. The market near the train station at Aguas Calientes (Macchu Pichu) has a HUGE flute stall right in the middle. They must have had 1,000 flutes there! They looked like really nice wood, and were of all sizes. In addition to the guy watching the stall, there was another guy hanging around (maybe from the next stall) who was playing the flutes (practicing to be in a band?) and was quite good. I bet he would have given me a lesson.
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