Can I replace flute pads myself?
If you can’t use the required tools, don’t attempt to replace your flute pads. Music & Arts and The Vault are not responsible for any damage you may cause to your flute while trying to replace it yourself.
How often should flute pads be replaced?
We talked to Rachel Baker, a Powell repair technician, to find out how long a pad should last. She said that it takes about 5 years for flute pads, and anything older than 6 years should be replaced.
How do I know if my flute needs new pads?
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. It may be okay to have bubbling or dirtiness.
What kind of glue to use on flute pads?
Nowadays the felt pads on metal flutes are stuck with a hot melt glue gun, which is what they used to be.
Can I use rubbing alcohol on my flute?
Silver polish should never be used on your flute. You can clean your flute by rubbing alcohol on it. Before you play, don’t eat candy or chew gum.
Do flutes get better with age?
They are not higher quality the older they get because of how the flute is set up.
Can you put Vaseline on a flute?
You shouldn’t use cork grease or vaseline on the flute’s joints. The keys need to be oiled by an instrument repairer. They don’t need lubricating per se, but sometimes they can get a bit tight.
Should you lubricate a flute?
Unless there is something that causes the tenon to go out of round or it gets dirty, the tenons should fit together. The flute can be hurt by grease. Grease can cause small particles to get into the metal when you put it together.
Can I use Vaseline on my flute?
The joints of the flute should not be used with cork grease or vaseline. The keys need to be oiled by an instrument repairer. They don’t need lubricating per se, but sometimes they can get a bit tight.
Can you use a paper towel to clean a flute?
Take the head joint out of your hand. Use a paper towel in your right hand to rub the tenon back and forth until the dirt or tarnish is gone from the paper.