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Flute Care Tips

Taking Care of Your Flute


Flute Care Tips

Taking good care of yuor flute will ensure many years of playing with few problems.

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If you want your flute to perform well and be with you for a long time, you must take good care of it. Here are some practical tips on caring for your flute.

  • When handling your flute, make sure that your hands are clean and dry.

  • During assembly, remember to always hold the parts of the flute on the edge, never hold it where the keys are.

  • If you're not using your flute, disassemble it and store it inside its' case. If you don't have time to disassemble, place your flute where it will be safe from any damage.

  • Always make it a point to clean your flute after you use it to avoid deterioration of the pads. Use a different cloth to clean the inside from the outside of your flute.

  • Never use metal polish on your flute.

  • Do not lubricate or oil your flute.

  • Do not try to adjust the setting of your flute yourself unless you have a good idea what you're doing.

  • Contact an expert flute repairman if you're having problems with your flute.

  • Store your flute at room temperature. Don't store in heated or damp areas.

  • Have your flute checked once a year (or more if you play often) by a flute serviceman to ensure your flute is in tip-top shape.

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