Can You Replace Flute Pads Yourself?

If you can’t use the required tools, don’t attempt to replace your flute pads. Music & Arts and The Vault will not be held responsible for any damage you may cause to your flute while trying to replace it on your own.

How long does it take to replace a pad on a flute?

Depending on the severity of the issue and the type of flute or piccolo, adjustments can take up to two hours. Even if pads are not replaced, a COA can take up to four hours. The age and type of pads are the most variable in this area.

How do I know if my flute needs new pads?

Look at the pads under the keys if you want to turn the flute over. Don’t damage the pads by touching them. The skin of the pads may be torn, peeling, or puffed out. Depending on the severity of the tears, your flute can limp along for a while, but most likely needs repair.

Can you use alcohol wipes on a flute?

It’s a good idea to use a soft cloth to clean up after playing. If you use silver polish on your flute, never use it again. You can clean your flute by rubbing alcohol on it. Before you play, don’t eat candy or chew gum.

Are flute pads glued in?

Nowadays the felt pads on metal flutes are stuck with a hot melt glue gun, which is what they used to be. The idea is that you melt the glue when you heat the key so that the pad can be floated and sealed properly.

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Why is my flute pad sticky?

What is the reason for the flute pad to be sticky? Dirt on the surface of the skin can come from dirt in the air or from the case. Anything eaten before you play will make a pad sticky. The’sticky’ sound can be caused by this.

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