Flute & Piccolo


The Music & Families Repair Shop is here for all your instrument needs.  We recommend a yearly check-up for your instrument at our shop.  If your instrument becomes difficult to play, bring it in for inspection any time.  Instruments should be brought in to our shop for checking and maintenance at least yearly in order to keep them playing well for you. You can do a lot to care for your instrument:

Before playing your instrument, make sure your mouth is clean.

  • No food or soda for 45 minutes before playing.  If you must eat, at least rinse your mouth with water.   It would be best is to brush your teeth just before playing.

  • It’s also a good idea to wash your hands before playing.

Neglecting the cleaning of the instrument will accelerate the decomposition of the pads and cause bacteria to build up inside.  After playing, to protect your instrument, and your health, ALWAYS :

  • Dry the bore of the instrument using a silk cloth.  Cover the end of the swab stick with the silk cloth, and steadily and gently push the swab through the tube in one direction. (If you’re swabbing a piccolo, be careful not to get the swab stuck in the tapered body!)

  • While swabbing out the head joint, do not force the swab stick against the head joint cork.

  • Always store the swab stick in your case or case cover, not inside the body of the flute.

  • Neglecting the cleaning will accelerate the decomposition of the pads.

  • Last, wipe the exterior of the flute gently with the polishing cloth to remove fingerprints etc. and stay away from pads and corks.  This is necessary to remove perspiration which often has a damaging effect on wood, lacquer, and metal.


If the joints are too tight, you may lubricate them with graphite by scribbling on them with a normal lead pencil. If this doesn’t help or if the joint are too loose, bring them to Music & Families for repair.


The Music and Families repair shop is here for all your instrument needs, but there is plenty you can do between regular maintenance to keep your instrument playing great. If your instrument becomes difficult to play, bring it to the Music & Families repair shop for inspection.  Instruments should also be brought in for checking and maintenance at least yearly in order to keep them playing well for you.

Clean horn = Good health

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Play Condition

Check pads, key corks, head joint cork, springs, screws rods and fit of tenons. Bent keys are straightened and minor dents are removed. Any necessary key corks or felts are replaced. Mechanisms are oiled. Each key is leveled, adjusted and regulated.  This includes cleaning of the head joint and case. Pad replacement and head joint corks are additional. Necessary pads, corks, and springs are replaced, leaks removed and instrument adjusted to good playing condition. Mechanisms are oiled.   Note: If fewer than half the pads need to be replaced, the flute can be put in play condition. If more than half the pads need to be replaced, it’s more efficient and the flute will play better if it is repadded and mechanically overhauled. See Complete clean and repad description.

Complete Clean and Repad

The instrument is disassembled and cleaned, dents are removed.  Keys are leveled, straightened, and wedged, removing play and wobble and refit between the posts. All pads are replaced. Key corks, head joint corks, felts and springs are replaced as necessary.   The instrument is reassembled, lubricated, regulated, and adjusted and play tested.

Mechanical Overhaul

Same as Repad, plus the head joint cork and all key corks are replaced, and the body and keys are buffed.


Other items that will be priced in addition to the above are:  Bent body with crease(s), tone hole work needed because of a bent body, part replacement other than pads, corks and springs, solder work, and other modifications e.g. special key work, tuning, or plating work.