Flute repairs & flute maintenance
If you buy one of the flute models I recommend on this website you will have very little maintenance. All you have to do is to use the cleaning rod and tissue to remove condensation every time you have finished playing the flute.
If it is important to you to have the flute look nice you can use a special micro fibre cloth to remove fingerprints on the outside. If you don't do wipe these fingerprints of, markings will appear on the surface of the flute over time. This however does in no way change the playability of the flute. Cleaning the inside is most important.
"When your flute is all new the pads may make a little clicking sound, each time you release a button. This is perfectly normal, just play the flute some more and over time the sound will disappear by it self"
A yearly tune up by a professional is recommend
Most professionals that repair flutes for a living recommend that you bring your flute by the shop once a year for a tune up. The pads will be looked over, cleaned and changed if necessary. Having to change the pads is however very seldom necessary. Also the mechanisms will be cleaned and oiled.
Cant I just do the flute maintenance and repairs myself?
It cannot be recommended to try to repair your flute by yourself. As mentioned the modern flute has very delicate mechanisms. These mechanisms have to be adjusted precisely to function correctly.
If you try to adjust it, not knowing what you do you could end up damaging your flute in the long term. Each button is pressed thousands of times during a season. To avoid wear and tear on the wrong parts, a professional is the way to go when your flute is in need of repairs.
Do's And Don'ts
- Make sure to put your flute back into it's case when you have finish playing
- Do not try to repair or oil your flute without help from a proffessional
- Don't leave damp cloth inside the flute
- Do take your flute to an expert once a year to get a tune up
- Make sure that you don't strain the flute mechanisms when you are putting together or taking apart the flute. Most flutes is in need of repairs because they are being handled in the wrong way