A COA is essential to ensure your flute is in top playing condition. All flutes should have a COA every 12 – 18 months, even if they have been in storage. A COA involves complete disassembly of the instrument. The body, headjoint and footjoint are wiped down, not polished (see description below). The keys are cleaned as well as possible without disturbing the pads and bumpers. Springs are tested and replaced if necessary. The head cork is tested and replaced if needed. All pads and bumpers are examined. Up to and including 3 pads, as well as all necessary corks and felts are replaced.
All mechanisms (including rods, rod screws, pivot screws, rollers and hinge tubes) are cleaned and oiled. Pads are re-shimmed as required to cover with a light touch. Key to key adjustment, key height and lost motion are all regulated. The instrument is then play-tested and re-adjusted as necessary.
Cleaning the body and keys of the flute is part of a regular service. The flute is wiped down with a silver cloth removing finger prints and surface dirt. This is not a polish and the appearance of the flute after a clean will not significantly change.
The body, headjoint, footjoint and all the keys are thoroughly cleaned and polished, removing all tarnish. The flute may be cleaned in an ultrasonic bath to remove dirt, oil and grease. All polishing at Flutes & Flutists is done by hand. We do not machine polish because this can potentially be damaging to the instrument.
Polishing is done only at the client’s request and is charged by the hour. The condition of the flute will be assessed, and you will receive a quote before any work commences.
OVERHAUL - Mechanical Restoration & Re-pad
The flute is completely stripped down. The body and mechanism are ultrasonically cleaned and hand polished. An extra charge for polishing may apply depending on the condition of the flute. Dents are removed. Tone holes are corrected as needed and faced true. Springs are tested and replaced if necessary. The head cork is replaced and adjusted. All pads, corks and felts are replaced. All mechanisms (including rods, rod screws, pivot screws, rollers and hinge tubes) are cleaned and oiled. Pads are seated to cover with a light touch. Key to key adjustment, key height and lost motion are regulated. The instrument is then allowed to set, re-examined for regulation, and lastly, play-tested.
Other Flute Repair Services
All other repairs are based upon examination and consultation. We'll present you with a recommendation and an estimate reflecting time and materials prior to doing the work. Only very minor repairs can be completed "while you wait".
To schedule your appointment, please contact us.
Should you not be able to meet your scheduled service date, your service will need to be rescheduled. The service schedule is usually booked up between one to two months in advance.