Intermediate Flutes and Piccolos

Work done to a flute made with adjustment screws. 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.

These are my low, introductory rates and will go up soon. 


Pad set


An Overhaul is required if the flute has been played for 3-8 years depending on the amount of time played and the frequency of COAs. A professional who plays and teaches 8 hours a day would require an overhaul much more frequently than a hobbyist who plays 30 minutes a week. 
An overhaul includes a COA and a Repad, plus the following: 
  • All felts and corks are removed 
  • Keys are polished to return them to a fine luster
  • Springs are inspected
  • New felts and corks are glued in place
  • New pads and adjustments are installed
  • Headjoint and Foot joint tennons are fit
  • Headjoint cork is replaced
  • Dents are NOT removed and body is NOT machine polished (see below) 

Overhauls are warranted for 1 year.

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Pad set


A Repad is done only when the mechanism is in decent shape. With a tight mechanism pads can be replaced for premature wear or timbre change.

A repad includes everything in the COA plus installing new pads and making adjustments. 

For student and intermediate flutes, I offer student pads.

Repads are warranted for 3 months

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Clean, Oil and Adjust


A COA is considered yearly matainance that should be done on every quality flute.

  • Disassemble the keys and clean off the old oil
  • Hand polish all the mechanism, body, and headjoint, removing as much of the tarnish as possible 
  •  Inspect the pads for tears and clean them
  • Any torn pads are replaced. The first one is included, each subsequent pad is $20 labor plus the price of the pad, $7
  • With the new and clean pads in I can reassemble the mechanism 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 necessary
  • Finally I check the case for wear to insure a proper fit for the safety of the flute

COAs are warrenteed for 30 days.

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Why don't I machine polish the body?

For overhauls and repads I will always hand polish the body and remove the tarnish as in a COA.

Student instruments are often silver plated over nickel silver or brass. Intermediate instruments are often silver plate over silver, instead of solid silver. Plating is a very thin coating of silver over metal averaging less than .005 inches. Any attempt to machine polish this instrument will remove the plating layer very quickly. This leaves the metal underneath exposed with spots around the places where the plating remains.