First, your flute is tested, to identify any existing problems. It is then dismantled to inspect all the components for future problems. Everything is checked, pads, corks, felts, springs, screws & rods, posts, levers, other mechanisms, foot, head, body. Notes are taken to ensure nothing is missed. This example is a Blessing flute.
Your flute’s head, body, and foot are then cleaned using special non-abrasive paste. Any dust is brushed from the dismantled components, and they are then cleaned with an appropriate cleaning cloth, depending on whether your flute is nickel, silver or gold plated. The pivot rods and screws, and inside the hinge tubing is also cleaned. Note: if your flute is excessively tarnished or dirty, an extra cost will be applied. Here is the flute at the wash-bay.Next, the list is referred to and any replacements or repairs are done. Minor alignments, spring tension corrections and all adjustments are included in the cost of your service. Every single pivot rod and screw, adjustment screw, and the flat spring screw under the thumb key is turned (to make sure it is not seized, or that it might seize in the future), and oiled, and re-tightened/adjusted. If any pads are replaced, they are ironed. Note: repairs, parts, pads, springs, corks/felts and dents attract an extra charge. (For more on pad and cork replacement see ). Then your flute is reassembled, pad seating is taken care of, and it is regulated. Here it is, in the jig with the inspection light inside, to check for any leaks, and to help with adjusting.Regulating takes care of all adjustments to make the flute play correctly, and to ensure that there is no free-play in any of the action. Then it is tested, your case is vacuumed, and your flute is returned.Please note, in the case of , part of the operation is more consistent with that of the