Flute World offers expert repair services on C flutes, Piccolos, Alto Flutes and Bass Flutes from minor adjustments to complete overhauls.
Clean, Oil and Adjust (COA)
A professional COA is the single most important service for keeping your flute in top playing condition and every flute should have a COA once a year. The procedure involves complete disassembly of the instrument. The body, headjoint and footjoint are thoroughly cleaned and polished. The keys are cleaned as well as possible without disturbing pads and bumpers. Springs are tested and replaced if necessary. The head cork is tested and replaced if needed. All pads and bumpers are examined and replaced as needed. All mechanisms (including rods, rod screws, pivot screws, rollers and hinge tubes) are cleaned and oiled. Pads are re-shimmed as required to cover with a light touch. Key to key adjustment, key height and lost motion are all regulated to exacting standards. The instrument is then thoroughly play-tested for confirmation and re-adjusted as necessary.
Mechanical Restoration & Repad (Overhaul)
Often times flutes that have seen many years of play, have been in long-term storage or have not received regular maintenance, will require a full mechanical restoration in order to play properly. With this procedure the instrument is completely disassembled, including pinned sections. The body, headjoint, footjoint and all of the keys are thoroughly cleaned and polished. Dents are removed for cosmetic, acoustical and mechanical considerations as needed. Tone holes are corrected as needed and faced true. Springs are tested and replaced if necessary. The head cork is replaced and adjusted. All pads and bumpers are replaced with the highest-grade materials. All mechanisms (including rods, rod screws, pivot screws, rollers and hinge tubes) are cleaned and oiled. Keys are refitted as needed on student model instruments and to exacting tolerances on professional quality instruments. Pads are seated to cover with a light touch. Key to key adjustment, key height and lost motion are regulated to exacting standards. The instrument is then allowed to set, re-examined for regulation, and thoroughly play-tested for confirmation.
*Prices may vary slightly according to the condition of the instrument. Prices above do not include shipping/insurance charges. Repairs are completed on a first-come, first-serve basis. It is very important when shipping an instrument in for repairs that you include a note in the box with your contact information (name, address, phone number and email address) as well as the reason you are sending the instrument in. The package should also be marked "Attn: Repairs" on the outside of the box so that we can quickly receive you package. If we are not notified that the instrument needs to returned in the same package, we may not assume this and use a new box. Please make sure to let us know if the instrument needs to be returned in the box that it arrived in. For more information about sending your instrument in for a repair, please contact us at 248-855-0410.