Flute World offers expert repair services on C flutes, Piccolos, Alto Flutes, and Bass Flutes – from minor adjustments to complete overhauls. Sending your instrument in for routine service will keep it performing like new! Please call today to schedule your appointment: 248.855.0410

Repair Services

Master Service (COA)

A professional Master Service is the single most important service for keeping your flute in top playing condition and every flute should have a Master Service once a year. See below for our list of services included:

  • Complete, careful disassembly of the instrument including pinned sections.
  • Body, head, and foot thoroughly cleaned and polished.
  • Keys cleaned as much as possible without disturbing pads and bumpers.
  • Springs tested and replaced as needed.
  • Head cork replaced.
  • All pads, bumpers and adjustments examined and replaced as needed. *
  • All mechanisms including rods, rod screws, rollers and hinge tubes cleaned and oiled.
  • Pads re-shimmed as required to cover with a light touch.
  • Key to key adjustments, key height, and lost motion regulated to exact standards.
  • Instrument thoroughly play tested with re-adjustments, as necessary.
  • 60 Day Warranty on Services Performed

*Up to 3 pad replacements included with no additional labor charge. Each pad replacement after 3 will add $55 in additional labor

Dent work, scratch removal, and other damage repair (including soldering) is not included in the cost of the COA. These services can be included at the hourly rate.

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. See below for our list of services included:

  • Complete, careful disassembly of the instrument including pinned sections.
  • All the keys, body, head, and foot thoroughly cleaned and polished.
  • Dents removed for cosmetic, acoustical, and mechanical considerations as needed.
  • Tone holes corrected as needed and faced true.
  • Springs tested and replaced if necessary.
  • The head cork replaced and adjusted.
  • All pads, bumpers and adjustments replaced with the highest-grade materials.
  • All mechanisms including rods, rod screws, pivot screws, rollers and hinge tubes cleaned and oiled.
  • Keys refitted to exacting tolerances.
  • Pads seated to cover with a light touch.
  • Key to key adjustment, key height and lost motion regulated to exacting standards.
  • Finally, the instrument allowed to set, re-examined for regulation then thoroughly play tested for confirmation, with re-adjustments, as necessary.
  • 6 Month Warranty on Services Performed

Heavy damage repair (including soldering) will be quoted for an additional charge at the hourly rate.

Other Flute Repair Services

All work other than a Master Service or Mechanical Restoration is based upon examination and consultation. We’ll present you with a recommendation and an estimate reflecting time and materials prior to doing the work.

We offer a complete range of flute and piccolo repairs and services from minor adjustments to custom rebuilding including dent work (from minor to extensive), part rebuilding, aligning bent bodies, precision fitting of tenons and boxes, refitting and rebuilding of key mechanisms (including re-pinning), replacing bumpers, resetting of adjustment screws, re-soldering parts, MAG® testing, re-soldering “up” toneholes, replacing or recovering of Straubinger pads, and much more!

Flute Care

At Flute World, our master technicians perform a detailed set-up process on each instrument we offer. Maintaining your instrument to these standards will ensure its continued performance at the highest level.

For less than the cost of a Clean, Oil and Adjust service, Flute Care™ includes the following advantages and more

Repair Warranty

Master Services include a 60-day warranty; Mechanical Restorations include a 6 month warranty.

Pricing

PICCOLO MASTER SERVICE*
Student $295.00
Intermediate/Pre-Professional $375.00
Professional $425.00
Artist $495.00
PICCOLO MECHANICAL RESTORATION**
Student $695.00
Intermediate/Pre-Professional $1,195.00
Professional/Artist $1,395.00
Professional/Artist (w/Straubinger Pads) $1,795.00
C FLUTE MASTER SERVICE*
Student/Intermediate $355.00
Pre-Professional $455.00
Professional $495.00
Artist $595.00
C FLUTE MECHANICAL RESTORATION**
Student $825.00
Intermediate/Pre-Professional $1,395.00
Professional/Artist $1,595.00
Professional/Artist (w/Straubinger Pads) $2,095.00
HARMONY FLUTEs MASTER SERVICE*
Alto & Bass: Intermediate/Pre-Pro $475.00
Alto & Bass: Professional/Artist $595.00
Contra-alto $595.00
Contrabass/Subcontrabass $755.00

* Master Service pricing includes labor for up to 3 pad replacements.
** On Mechanical Restorations, certain pad brands may incur additional cost.

All other work done by estimate based on time and materials.

FAQs

Why should I send my instrument to Flute World for repairs?

The service department represents the heart of Flute World

Since 1991, we have developed and maintained a reputation for providing the highest quality repairs. Our shop is equipped with nine full-time technicians. We have unlimited access to the best pads, supplies, and tools in the business, especially since we make much of what we use in house.

At Flute World, we understand that the expense of proper maintenance can cause musicians to put off important services or worse, take their precious instruments to “bargain” repair shops. We’ve seen far too many examples of both, and we want to help prevent these situations. We work toward a long-term solution for every problem, rather than a quick fix. Our primary goal is the client’s satisfaction.

Is it safe to ship my instrument?

Yes!

Flute World performs repairs for clients as far away as Alaska, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico. Packing your instrument safely and making sure that it is insured are the keys to successful travel. If your instrument is insured through your homeowner’s policy, be sure that it is covered during transit. If not, you will need to purchase separate insurance (e.g., Clarion) or insure your instrument through a shipping company.

You may choose to use a custom, foam-lined shipping box (usually provided by the manufacturer), a box of your own choosing, or have a shipping company employee package the instrument for you. First, be sure that the instrument fits snuggly in its case. If not, add a small amount of bubble wrap to prevent movement. If you pack the instrument yourself, we suggest wrapping the entire case in at least 6 inches of bubble wrap. Fill the rest of the box with enough packing material to prevent the case from moving. Be sure that your instrument is labeled with your name, address, and contact number. We are happy to provide you with a shipping label, making it easy to get your instrument on its way.

Is it safe to ship my instrument?

Yes!

Flute World performs repairs for clients as far away as Alaska, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico. Packing your instrument safely and making sure that it is insured are the keys to successful travel. If your instrument is insured through your homeowner’s policy, be sure that it is covered during transit. If not, you will need to purchase separate insurance (e.g., Clarion) or insure your instrument through a shipping company.

You may choose to use a custom, foam-lined shipping box (usually provided by the manufacturer), a box of your own choosing, or have a shipping company employee package the instrument for you. First, be sure that the instrument fits snuggly in its case. If not, add a small amount of bubble wrap to prevent movement. If you pack the instrument yourself, we suggest wrapping the entire case in at least 6 inches of bubble wrap. Fill the rest of the box with enough packing material to prevent the case from moving. Be sure that your instrument is labeled with your name, address, and contact number. We are happy to provide you with a shipping label, making it easy to get your instrument on its way.

How long will it take to complete my repair?

The length of time required to complete a repair can vary depending on the extent of the service needed as well as the time of year. It is best to plan ahead and schedule an appointment during a period when you are able to be away from your instrument. Please allow yourself enough time in advance of important events. Our busiest months are June, July, August, and December. We will do our best to meet your timing needs with appropriate notice.

Call 248.855.0410 or email [email protected] to schedule your appointment.

Note: For clients visits one of our retail locations only very minor repairs can be completed “while you wait”.

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