,Handmade and Professional
C Flutes, Altos, and Basses

Every repair begins with a free, exhaustive inspection to determine the best corse of action.
While I can do my best to discuss the nessessary work over the phone with you I won't be able to make an exact estimate until I inspect the flute.

These are my low, introductory rates and will go up soon. 

Overhaul

$999
+
pad set

An Overhaul is required if the flute has been played for 3-8 years depending on the amount of time played and the frequency of COAs. A profesional who plays and teaches 8 hours a day would require an overhaul much more frequently than a hobiest who plays 30 minutes a week. 

An overhaul includes a COA and a Repad, plus the following: 
  • All felts and corks are removed 
  • All solder joints are carefully inspected
  • Posts and post faces are checked and realigned
  • Steels are inspected for straightness and straigntened
  • Steels and pivot screws are fit
  • The mechanism is swedged to remove any side to side play
  • Keys are polished to return them to a fine lustre
  • Springs are inspected
  • New felts and corks are glued in place
  • New pads and adjustments are installed
  • Headjoint and Footjoint tennons are fit
  • Headjoint cork is replaced
  • Dents are NOT removed and body is NOT machine ploished (see below) 

Overhauls are warrenteed for 1 year.

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Repad

$799.00
+
pad set

A Repad is done only when the mechanism is in good shape. With a tight mechanism pads can be replaced for premature wear or timbre change.

A repad includes everything in the COA plus instailling new pads and making adjustments. 

As a Straubinger Technition I offer Straubinger pads for a modern sound.

For a sweeter, more classic sound I offer Lucien Delux, the highest quality felt pads.

Repads are warrenteed for 3 months

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Clean, Oil and Adjust

$299.00

A COA is considered yearly matainance that should be done on every quality flute.

First I disassemble all the keys and clean off the old oil. Then I carefully hand polish the mechanism, body, and headjoint, removing as much of the tarnish as possible. I clean the pads and Inspect them for tears. Any torn pads are replaced. The first pad replacement is included in the fee; but each subsaquent pad is $20 plus the price of the pad.  With the new and clean pads in I can reassemble the mechnism with fresh oil. I then check the instrument for pad or adjustment leaks. The key height is then adjusted to get rid of any lost motion. The headjoint cork is inspected for a tight seal and replaced if nessessary. Finally I check the case for wear to insure a proper fit for the saftey of the flute. 

COAs are warrenteed for 30 days.

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Why don't I machine polish the body with every overhaul?

For Overhauls and Repads I will always hand polish the body and remove the tarnish as in a COA.

I spent 17 years polishing hand made flutes for major Boston flute companies. I achieved the richest polish possible on both new flutes and overhauls alike. Why do I not want to remove dents and machine polish the overhauls unless absolutely nessessary? It's because the amount of metal in the flute is finite. A dent stretches the wall of the flute, slightely thining it. I can aproximate the origional shape but no one can make it go back to exactly the same place. This leaves a ripple. That ripple must be sanded out and then machine polished. This process removes material from the already thinned wall. It is my belief that the best repair techs want the flute to play as well for your great-grand kids as it did for you the day you got it. Sanding and buffing the instrument every 3-8 years will make it look good for 30 or 40 years; but is likely to thin the wall enough to alter the tone of your instrument. Imagine turning your .016 flute into a .014!

There are exceptions. Sometimes dents are so bad that they become very unsiglhtly, or even create problems for the mechanism. Sometimes a player wants a polish every 3rd or 4th overhaul to give it that "just like new" look without doing too much long term damage. And some people just want their instrument as shiney as posible right now. If you have read the above statement and you still want dent removal and machine polishing, I would be happy to do it for an additional $200. Dent removal and machine polishing take more time. I want you to be satisfied with both the performance and appearence of your flute.