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Guides to Care for Your Flute

Guides to Care for Your Flute


Keeping good care practices will help you enjoy a lifetime with your musical instrument. We have put together this simple guide to help you to keep your flute in its best condition.

1.Careful Assembly

Take time and care when assembling your flute. Try to avoid putting pressure on any of the mechanism during assembly as this could cause damage to the keys. Before putting your flute together check that the joints are clean and free of any dirt and grease.

2.No Food or Drink

Where possible try to avoid eating food or drinking sugary drinks before playing your flute instrument, as anything in your mouth can end up inside the flute, and affect how it plays. Sugary drinks and food are actually one of the biggest causes of sticky pads. So if you get thirsty whilst playing try to stick with water.

3.Keep It Safe

When you are not playing your flute musical instrument try to keep it in the case. This could help you avoid getting bumps and dents that could be costly to repair.

4.Remove Moisture

After playing remove any moisture from inside the student flute using a cleaning rod and polishing gauze. You can take the flute apart to do this. Be sure to clean the head joint, the main body and the foot joint. You can use cleaning paper to remove any moisture from the pads. Removing moisture from the flute after playing will help to extend the life of your instrument.  

5.Wipe It Down

After playing take some time to wipe clean the outside of your bass flute. Using a clean cloth remove any fingerprints and dirt. The silver finish of your flute, overtime, will darken and may tarnish. To help avoid this use a silver cloth every now and then to polish your flute.

6.Don’t Force It

If the joints feel too tight (or too loose) during assembly don’t force it. Take your best professional flute to a specialist and they can repair this for you.

7.Get It Fixed

If you have damaged your flute woodwind, or are concerned it is not playing properly, take it to a specialist as soon as possible to get it repaired. Don’t be tempted to try and fix the damage yourself as this may cause more damage further down the line that may be expensive to repair.

8.Get It Serviced

Every 1-2 years get your flute serviced by a specialist. They will clean it, adjust it and perform any necessary repairs that will help ensure your flute has a long life.

Top Tips: 

Do not eat or drink before use

Remove moisture from inside the alto flute after playing

Wipe down the flute after playing 

Store securing in case when not in use

Get it repaired and services by a professional 

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