How should I fix my flute?

Asked by: Stacie Naber

Does my flute need repair?

Around I do find it's also creating wear and tear on the instrument. So especially if you haven't been playing your fluid for a really long time like maybe you haven't played for months or even years.

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.

What maintenance does a flute need?

regular maintenance

Use a soft cloth to wipe off moisture and finger marks after playing. Never use silver polish or any other cleaner on your flute. To clean your flute use “saliva” or rubbing alcohol on your cloth. To keep pads clean, don’t eat candy or chew gum before playing and never while playing.

How much does it cost to repair a flute?

Flute & Piccolo Repair Prices

Flutes Average for Playing Condition Complete Repad*
Closed Hole $80.00 $310.00
Open Hole $100.00 $360.00
Low B Foot Add $30.00

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.

Do flutes wear out?

The more use a flute gets, the more it will wear — just like many things (tires, shoes, and the list goes on…). There is no need to worry, though. It is all part of the instrument’s life cycle. Plus, as mentioned above, a worn flute mechanism can be easily adjusted by an authorized repair technician.

Why can’t I play G on my flute?

With a jeweler’s screwdriver that fits the “G” adjustment screw (in the photo it shows a Philips screw but many flutes have a slotted screw), turn it 1/8th of a turn clockwise and try playing the G again. If it plays, you are finished. If not repeat the screw adjustment another 1/8th turn and try playing again.

Why is my flute not playing F?

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.

How long do flute pads last?

Flute pads typically last 3-6 years, depending on how often you do the maintenance. Make sure to keep your flute clean and dirt-free, and don’t forget to do yearly maintenance to improve the life of your flute pads and flute. This will save you future costs on repadding your flute.

How do I know if my flute is broken?

Look for fraying, peeling, puffing, or tears in the “skin” of the pads. If you see any of these, your flute can limp along for a while, but probably needs repair depending on the severity of the tears. Some bubbling or dirtiness is possibly okay.

How much is a new flute?

Beginner flutes usually range in cost from $500 to $1000. Intermediate, or step-up flutes usually cost $1,400 to $2,500 and entry level pro flutes (still largely played by advanced students) around $2500 and up.

How do I know if my flute has a leak?

Look for obvious dips and/or gaps between the pad and tonehole. If you are able to identify a leak by sight, it is most likely a very large leak. On professional flutes, technicians should seal leaks to a tolerance of . 0005″ (1/2 thousandth of one inch.).

Is it OK to buy a used flute?

Proof it (can) play

And not all flutes are for all flutists. So while you may take to one brand better than another, you know that a used flute (probably) works well for someone. Of course, you should try any flute you want to buy. However, a used flute in good condition could be the perfect next step for you.

Why is my flute sound so airy?

An airy sound on the flute means you have wasted air when you’re blowing. Now that is either from blowing too hard, or you have too big a hole and you have escaping air or you’re blowing in the wrong direction. All of that makes your sound airy.

Are old flutes worth anything?

The higher the flute level, the more costly it will be. A beginner flute price is in the range of hundreds of dollars, professional flutes, are in the thousands range.

How much should I pay for a used flute?

That being said, a rule of thumb for pricing used beginner or step-up flutes is 50% of retail. See what the instrument currently sells for (i.e., $1700), then adjust up or down depending on condition.

How much does it cost to professionally clean a flute?

Typically the cost to professional clean a flute will cost around $50 every few months depending on the frequency of usage. The cost can vary based on location, the state of the flute, and the musical instrument technician but generally will cost around $50.