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how to repair flute

by Rogers Erdman Jr. Published 1 year ago Updated 1 year ago
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  • In the case that you are missing a felt pad entirely (just a bare cup), you can still fix your flute temporarily.
  • Cut a small strip of teflon tape (about 4" )
  • Holding both ends, slip the tape under the key with the missing felt pad. It's quite the surgery, but manageable.
  • Make sure the part where the key makes contact with the body is fully covered.
  • With the remaining tape, twist it together at the top to hold it in place.
  • This is a temporary fix, but works perfectly.

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A special tools used to remove the grommets from the pads for all other keys a little heat is usedMoreA special tools used to remove the grommets from the pads for all other keys a little heat is used on top of the key to heat up the glue that's underneath the pad to remove them with a pad hook.

Can I get my Flute repaired?

Flute World offers expert repair services on C flutes, Piccolos, Alto Flutes, and Bass Flutes – from minor adjustments to complete overhauls. Sending your instrument in for routine service will keep it performing like new! Please call today to schedule your appointment: 248.855.0410 If playback doesn't begin shortly, try restarting your device.

What kind of cleaning does a flute need?

Clean, Oil, and Adjust (COA) A professional COA is the single most important service for keeping your flute in top playing condition and every flute should have a COA once a year. The procedure involves complete disassembly of the instrument. The body, headjoint and footjoint are thoroughly cleaned and polished.

What tools do I need to replace the pads on flute?

When the seal is broken or the skin is ripped, pad replacement should occur. The following list of tools and supplies will be required for the replacement of old pads on the flute: needle point tweezers, screwdriver, needle pin vise, flute pad iron, alcohol lamp, denatured alcohol, felt pad, stabilizer, shims in various sizes, and contact cement.

Why disassemble a flute?

Disassembly will offer the flutist a thorough understanding of flute parts and how these parts work together to allow a flutist to produce quality sounds. The flutist will then be able to make basic repairs to the instrument including the following: padding, oiling, cleaning, adjusting and replacing corks and felts.

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Can a broken flute be repaired?

If you need to fix a flute with bent or broken keys, it should always be fixed by a professional. Attempting to fix a flute by bending the keys back into place can result in even more damage to the instrument. Gluing broken keys back onto the body of the flute is a temporary fix at best.

How much does it cost to fix an old flute?

Flute & Piccolo Repair PricesFlutesAverage for Playing ConditionComplete Repad*Closed Hole$80.00$310.00Open Hole$100.00$360.00Low B FootAdd $30.00Professional12 more rows

How do you restore an old flute?

0:305:15How To Clean A Tarnished Flute - YouTubeYouTubeStart of suggested clipEnd of suggested clipAnd what we're doing is putting a little sponge here and kind of rubbing it on a little bit until weMoreAnd what we're doing is putting a little sponge here and kind of rubbing it on a little bit until we get the luster to come back and some of the tarnish to come off.

How do you fix a flute screw?

0:003:19Tightening Loose Flute Pivot Screws on Armstrong and GemeinhardtYouTubeStart of suggested clipEnd of suggested clipAgain comes loose the problem is that the pivot screws are loose. And they need to be tightened.MoreAgain comes loose the problem is that the pivot screws are loose. And they need to be tightened.

How long should a flute last?

I have seen flutes last anywhere from four to thirteen years with consistent playing before needing overhauls. Piccolos tend to last longer between overhauls.

How much is a flute overhaul?

OverhaulOverhaul Type/LevelOverhaul FeeFlute - Feltfrom $1,595Flute - Straubingerfrom $1,795 (add $200 for conversion from felt pads)Piccolo - Feltfrom $1,295Piccolo - Straubingerfrom $1,3952 more rows

Can you restore a flute?

In all likelyhood there will not be any problems playing a tarnished flute. Chances are that you will have a hard time restoring it to the original condition, but you can prevent it from getting worse, and maybe make it look a bit better than now.

How do you repair a cracked wooden flute?

Most cracks can be dealt with and rendered stable by simply filling with a small bead of superglue along the length. It is a good idea to mask the surrounding wood with masking tape beforehand, or you may have an additional problem. Go slow and glue a small section at a time, rather than the entire length.

Is my flute silver or nickel?

0:342:22Is Your Flute Made of Silver or Nickel? - YouTubeYouTubeStart of suggested clipEnd of suggested clipAnd you what you want to do is you want to ding. The head joint on the bottom just a little ding.MoreAnd you what you want to do is you want to ding. The head joint on the bottom just a little ding. Maybe you hear that. If it's ringing. That means it's made out of nickel silver.

How do you put a flute back together?

0:573:49Beginner Flute Lesson 3 - How to Put the Flute Together - YouTubeYouTubeStart of suggested clipEnd of suggested clipWhenever. We're taking the flute apart or putting it together we always have to do this gentleMoreWhenever. We're taking the flute apart or putting it together we always have to do this gentle twisting back and forth motion to make the parts go together.

Why is my flute not working?

After you play a flute for a long period of time, the condensation can build up inside the first chamber of the flute and the flute stops playing. The solution for this is to remove the bird from the flute and let it dry overnight. In most cases, overnight is enough to have the flute dry out.

What causes a flute leak?

Any flute can slowly go out of adjustment over time. Felt, leather and cork compress, eventually causing the flute to go out of adjustment. As felt pads wear, they can shrink and expand due to changes in humidity, causing small leaks.

Clean, Oil, and Adjust (COA)

A professional COA is the single most important service for keeping your flute in top playing condition and every flute should have a COA once a year. The procedure involves complete disassembly of the instrument. The body, headjoint and footjoint are thoroughly cleaned and polished.

Mechanical Restoration & Repad (Overhaul)

Often times flutes that have seen many years of play, have been in long-term storage or have not received regular maintenance, will require a full mechanical restoration in order to play properly. With this procedure the instrument is completely disassembled, including pinned sections.

Repair Warranty

COA (Clean, Oil, & Adjust) services include a 60-day warranty; Overhauls include a 6 month warranty.

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