Care of Your Flute
Tips and Warnings:
1. To care for your flute you will need a clean, lint-free cloth and a cleaning rod.
2. Always be very careful when assembling your instrument to hold it in such a way that keys are not bent.
3. Always swab the moisture out of the instrument with a swab every time you finish playing. This will extend the life of the pads and prevent unpleasant odors.
4. Adjustment screws are for delicate adjustments of the mechanisms, particularly in flutes. THESE SHOULD NOT BE MOVED. If you believe the instrument needs adjusting, see a certified Summerhays Music repair technician.
Flutes & piccolos require little maintenance other than regular cleaning. If the joints on your instrument become too tight or too loose, or if it becomes difficult to tune, bring it to a Summerhays Music repair technician to be properly inspected and/or refit. CORK GREASE SHOULD NOT BE USED ON FLUTES.
To prevent tarnishing, fingerprints should be wiped off the body and keys of silver instruments with a clean lint-free cloth or polishing cloth. Silver polishing cloths are available through music stores and jewelers for this purpose. Be careful to avoid rubbing the edges of the pad with the polishing cloth. Doing so will damage the pads, making it necessary to replace them.
DO NOT USE LIQUID OR PASTE POLISHES ON YOUR INSTRUMENT, AND DO NOT LEAVE YOUR INSTRUMENT IN YOUR CAR.
Recommended brands for advanced players: Yamaha, Trevor James, Pearl, Haynes, Amadeus by Haynes, and Lyric.
Recommended brands for students: Yamaha, Trevor James, Pearl, and Jupiter.