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Any flute can lose on its great performance and adjustment over time. Its entire mechanism can wear out and give you strange, excessive key noises. You can, of course, think of replacing it when something like that happens, but if your instrument is expensive and not emotionally irreplaceable, giving it a professional repair is the only feasible solution left.
Whether your flute problems have arisen due to simple aging or rough handling, an experienced flute technician can look into all and give your precious instrument a new lease of life. However, before heading out to him, you got to be sure that your flute is troublesome and not you as its player. Here are few signs that are evidence of your flute’s declining potential and overall condition –
- Shrinkage in Headjoint Corks
The headjoint cork has a secure seal to sustain the reliability of your instrument. Many players have not even known about it until now. It is at the top inside the head joint, which is visible when you unscrew the top cap of the flute. You don’t have to touch it unnecessarily; just perform a suction test to check for any leak. Place your palm on the opposite end and create a vacuum with your mouth on the open tenon. The intensity of vacuum pressure will help you determine air leaks, if any.
- Worn Out Pads
To get close to your flute pads, you will need to remove the keys with proper tools. If you have done it before, it wouldn’t be much of an issue to re-attach them later. Once you are done, you will flute pads right under the keys. To have a closer look at them, you probably would need a flashlight. Any sort of tears, peeling, puffing, or fraying in the skin of pads are leaks of your flute and call for an immediate seal. Be regular with its cleaning as a preventive measure after the repair.
- Deteriorated Mechanisms
The biggest sign that you need a flute repair is that it stops playing as it should. Keys don’t move in conjunction with one another, and there are gaps in secondary keys. There can be extreme difficulty in hitting that low C on the flute or some unusual noises too. When inspected, the instrument may seem to be in proper adjustment; only the mechanism may have lost motion giving sloppy and imprecise tones. In such a situation, you may need cleaning or oiling of the instrument. The repair person can suggest other refit measures.
- Stubborn Dirt Buildups
Every flute picks up dirt, germs, moisture, and other types of gunk, which usually is easy to clean yourself. All you need is a few cotton swabs, a polishing cloth, a soft-bristled brush, and a pad paper for the job. However, you may need a major cleaning and overhaul once a while from professionals. They know this work to its depth and the suitable products for preventing discoloration.
They know this work to its depth and the suitable products for preventing discoloration.