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 with additional fees). The keys are cleaned as well as possible without disturbing pads and bumpers. Dents are removed for cosmetic purposes. 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. Broken pads are replaced and existing 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.
Overhaul Repadding & Restoration
Often flutes that have seen many years of play, have been in long-term storage or have not received regular maintenance, will require a full Overhaul Repadding in order to play properly. With this procedure the instrument is completely disassembled (including pinned sections if needed) 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.
Other Flute Repair Services
All work other than a COA or Overhaul 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 major adjustments such as dent work (from minor to extensive), precision fitting of tenons and boxes, replacing bumpers, resetting of adjustment screws, re-soldering parts and replacing or reconverting of pads (Muramatsu Original MA Pads, Straubinger Pads, Traditional Felt Pads, etc).
Piccolo Service & Repair
Piccolos are also recommended to undergo a COA once a year, same as flutes to maintain its working condition in terms of cosmetic appearance, sound production and longevity.
Our in-house technician
Kane offers a friendly and experienced Flute and Piccolo services for everyone from beginners to professionals. His workshop is based in Ipoh, Perak, while he often travels to other states like Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, and Penang at least once a month when his services are needed.
We, The Flute Store enjoys working with Kane for his quick turnaround service duration, reasonable pricing and a real interest in his customers needs and preferences. Clients will be engaged with updates in forms of photos and videos of their instruments. Therefore, it is always exciting and satisfying for clients to compare “Before” and “After” the service.
Besides, Kane is a Flautist himself and plays other instruments like Clarinet, Oboe and Saxophone in varies reputable orchestras. Consequently, he does play-tests on all Flutes that comes onto his bench. Checking all tiny details and to further improve all clients’ Flute are his utmost priorities.
Get in touch to discuss your instrument with Kane, by filling up the Service Form: