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Flute and Piccolo Repair Services at West Music

Repair Service Flute

Playing Condition for Student Model Instruments (Plus Pads)*

Plateau Flutes $55
Open Hole Flutes $60
Piccolo (cork) $60
Piccolo (bladder) $60
  • Mechanism is removed from the instrument so it can be oiled.
  • Replace worn or missing key corks, felts, or other silencers.
  • Headjoint cork is checked for position and fit. (Replace only if necessary at an additional charge)
  • Flute bodies are washed and dipped to remove tarnish and sanitize tubes.
  • Corrosion is removed from the hinge tubes, hinge rods, and pivot screws.
  • Minor lost motion is removed from the key mechanism.
  • Pad leaks are eliminated by shimming the pads.
  • Key mechanism is regulated to playing condition and venting height is adjusted.
  • Case is cleaned inside and out.
  • The instrument receives a final play test.

30 Day Warranty

Mechanical Overhaul for Student Model Instruments*

Plateau Flutes $255
Open Hole Flutes $330
Piccolo (bladder) $255
Piccolo (cork) $265
  • Instrument is disassembled and the mechanism is refit.
  • Straighten rods and keys as necessary. Remove frozen keys and screws as needed.
  • Instrument is depinned and cleaned in detergent, then dipped in tarnex to remove tarnish.
  • Easily accessible dents are removed from tubing and body tube is straightened if necessary.
  • All new pads, feet corks, and headjoint corks are installed. Pad leaks are eliminated by shimming the pads.
  • New springs are changed as necessary.
  • Misalign posts are corrected. Oil and grease screws and rods.
  • Clean case inside and out.
  • Regulate key mechanisms to top playing condition. (Excessively worn or damaged tone holes are by quote only)
  • Instrument is polished and receives a final play test.

6 Month Warranty

Mechanical Overhaul for Professional Model Instruments*

Flutes (Bladder Pads) $495
Flutes (Straubinger Pads) $960
Piccolo (Bladder or Cork Pads) $495
Piccolo (Straubinger Pads) $750
  • Instrument is disassembled and the mechanism is refit.
  • Straighten rods and keys as necessary. Remove frozen keys and screws as needed.
  • Instrument is depinned and cleaned in detergent, then dipped in tarnex to remove tarnish.
  • Easily accessible dents are removed from tubing and body tube is straightened if necessary.
  • All new pads, feet corks, and headjoint corks are installed. Shimming the pads eliminates pad leaks.
  • New springs are changed as necessary.
  • Misalign posts are corrected. Oil and grease screws and rods.
  • Clean case inside and out.
  • Regulate key mechanisms to top playing condition. (Excessively worn or damaged tone holes are by quote only)
  • Instrument is polished and receives a final play test.

6 Month Warranty

Professional Custom Shop Repairs*

Flutes (Bladder Pads) $780
Flutes (Straubinger Pads) $960
Piccolo (Bladder or Cork Pads) $590
Piccolo (Straubinger Pads) $750
  • Mechanical problems or bent mechanisms are repaired. (Remarkable damage may require a surcharge arranged with the customer in advance.)
  • Flute mechanism is refit (swedged) to tolerances of less than .001 of an inch.
  • Any swedging marks are removed with polish paste and micromesh paper. All flute tubes and keys are hand polished with a polish paste and micromesh paper to remove scratches and tarnish.
  • The pad retaining rings are cleaned and polished. Refit or replaced as needed.
  • The mechanism is depinned and the hinge rods and tubes are cleaned and polished.
  • Soldered tone holes are checked for leaks.
  • The keys and tubes are washed and sanitized in detergent and water. Remaining tarnish is removed in Tarnex solution.
  • All bumpers and regulation shims are removed (before washing) and replaced with felt bumpers, leather and corks as dictated by individual keys.
  • Hinge rods and pivot screws replaced as needed.
  • Springs (stainless, gold, or platinum) will be replaced as needed.
  • All pads are replaced using the highest quality treated, double skin pad. Keys are not bent to level the pad unless a repair is being executed. Shimming to tolerance of less than .001 of an inch is standard. No seat will be inserted into the pad.
  • All accessible dents are removed.
  • New headjoint cork is installed.
  • The embouchure hole is cleaned and polished.
  • Tenon fit is checked.
  • Case is cleaned.
  • Flute is tested and wiped down using Hagertys silver polish.

6 Month Warranty

Additional Charges*

Head joint cork $12.00 + $3.00 parts
Polish and flush $25.00
Refit tenon $25.00
Replace pads $7.00 each + $3.00 parts
Solder broken ribs $15.00 each
Solder joints (silver) $15.00 each
Solder joints (soft) $15.00 each
Stuck head joint Minimum charge of $25.00

By Quote Only

Align bent body/tubing Excessively worn or damaged tone holes Refinishing
Case Repair Free binding keys Regulate
Clean sticky pads and tone holes Key fitting Repair damaged tenon
Cut out stuck hinge rods Make new hinge rods Straighten bent hinge rods
Dent removal Redress Tone Holes Straighten bent keys

* These prices are average estimates only. Exact estimates will be provided upon inspection of the instrument. Estimates available at no charge.




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