Other General Maintenance
Once you have adjusted your flute and it is playing perfectly
again, you can dab a tiny amount of clear nail varnish
on the screw with the problem. This should stop the screw
from becoming loose again and causing problems. Just make
sure to let your technician know that this has been done
when you take it in for its next service.
A small amount of pad noise when opening and closing a key is normal and not
a cause for concern.
A pad which "sticks" (i.e. makes a loud popping sound, or holds to
its seat for a second before rising) can often be successfully treated. Take
a sheet of soft absorbent paper (cigarette papers work well for this) and place
it under the pad. Hold the pad closed onto the paper for a few seconds,
release the key, and gently remove the paper. Test and repeat as necessary. If
this is not effective, the pad may need to be replaced, but there is another
treatment you can try, which is described below.
Never clean a pad by pulling out the paper while holding the key closed, as this
invariably damaged the skin of the pad and will lead to premature failure.
Old and dry pads that don't
If your pads are old and dry and don't seal well as
a result, you may be able to use the following trick to extend
their life: moisten a piece of paper with hand lotion
and gently apply to the surface of the pad, holding the key
open. Then use another clean piece of paper to absorb
the excess. This does slightly increase key noise for
a little while but there have had people who have had good
luck with this on their flutes, which get this treatment about
once a year. Use this tip at your own risk! If
it damages your flute or your pads, we will not be held responsible.
Cleaning your headjoint
Every six months, the headjoint should be completely immersed
in slightly soapy warm water and then thoroughly rinsed. Use
castile soap or dish washing detergent in very small quantities
for this. If you know how, this is a good time to remove
the cork and crown and clean the metal parts of the crown. Put
a light coating of cork grease on the headcork before reassembly. Remember
the cork always comes out the tenon end of the headjoint, and
never the crown end! If your flute rattles, check the crown assembly
- there are metal plates on both sides of the cork. Often
the one closest to the crown comes loose over time and produces "rattles" and "buzzes" when
playing. Just screw it back down tight and the noises go
Do not use a polishing compound on the flute. It
will find its way to the pads and erode them, and it will find
its way into the mechanism and cause premature wear. Use a silver-cloth
or micro-fibre cleaning cloth to gently clean the outside of
After evry use you should use a soft cloth (handkerchiefs work
well) and the cleaning rod to dry the inside of the flute. Do
not store the damp cloth in the case with the flute as the mouisture
can promote tarnish and damage your pads.
Please note that the advice above is just that, advice.
We take no responsibility for your actions once you start adjusting
your flute yourself. For tricky problems, or if you are just
unsure, it is better to take your flute to your local technician
and get him to take a look at it.