Flute/Piccolo Maintenance


You will need:

  •   A cleaning rod
  •   A clean cloth
  •  Light key oil

Every day:

  •   Swab your flute when you are done playing it
  •   Lightly wipe down the keys and body to remove any fingerprints

Every week:

  •   Check to see if your headjoint cork is in the right position by inserting your cleaning rod (the end without the loop) into the headjoint.  There is line near the end of the rod.  With the end of the cleaning rod in as far as it can go, the line should be right in the center of the embouchure hole.  If the line is too close to the open end of the headjoint, twist your crown clockwise until it lines up.  If the line is too close to the headjoint cork, twist the crown counter-clockwise and then push down on the crown.  This should insert the cork further into the headjoint.  Leaky/loose headjoint corks are an often overlooked problem, despite being a very inexpensive repair.  If you find that yours doesn’t stay in place or can be moved up and down without twisting the crown, then it needs to be replaced.

Every month:

  •   Oil keys.  We highly recommend using a light key oil that comes in a needle oiler, such as Hetman Light Key Oil #16.  Apply one drop of oil between each key and post, then press the keys a few times to work the oil in.
  •  Check your tenons to make sure they are fitting properly.  Your flute should assemble with minimal effort, and not wobble once it is assembled.  If a tenon gets damaged or dirty, it can be difficult to assemble.  If a tenon gets worn down, it can become too loose.

Every year:

  •   Bring your instrument in to the shop to make sure it is in top working order.  We will provide a free estimate and let you know   what, if anything, needs to be done to your instrument to keep it functioning at its best.