Intermediate Flutes

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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.

Emergency repairs or touch ups are charged a
minimum bench fee of $30.
All other repairs are Charged $100 an hour.

Clean, Oil and Adjust

Closed Hole: $195.00
Open Hole
$30 for each felt pad replaced

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 felt pads are replaced for $30 each. 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.

email to schedule a COA


pads included

An Overhaul is required if the flute has been played for 3-10 years depending on the amount of time played and the frequency of COAs. Someone 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 and remove minor scratches
  • Normal body dents are removed and the body is hand polished. 
  • 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

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.

Schmidt Gold Pads are avalible upon request. 
Overhauls are warrenteed for 1 year.

email to schedule an Overhaul

Why don't I machine polish the body?

For overhauls and repads I prefer to hand polish the body and remove the tarnish as in a COA.
Many professional flutes are silver plated. Plating is a very thin coating of silver over metal averaging less than .005 inches. Any attempt to machine polish a plated instrument will remove the plating layer very quickly. This leaves the metal underneath exposed with spots around the places where the plating remains. 
In Solid Silver instruments I don't reccomend machine polishing every overhaul. Machine polishing makes the flute look brand new, but removes material. This should only be done in cases of extream body work like removal of large dents or after soldering a rib, ring, or tonehole back on.