Steve Deutsch Music

Professional Flute Mechanical Restorations

The Clarification of Musical Expression Through Repair

Before work begins each flute is thoroughly inspected and the following questions are asked:

  • Has the flute been dropped and if so where,
  • Is the flute straight?
  • Is there damage to the tone holes, are they caved in or out of round?
  • Has the headjoint been bent or dented and does it fit smoothly?

Evaluated in this manner, dismantling can begin. Keys are swaged for perfect fit and the rods must slide smoothly through the hinge tubing. Posts are aligned so the keywork and post abutt one another, If needed, old pivot screws are replaced.

Work proceeds though the entire flute in this meticulous manner. Dents are removed, tone holes are examined and made level and round if necessary, stack rods and posts must be in a straight line and if the flute is old the rods are examined for rust. Springs are checked for rust and resiliency of tension. If these qualities are found lacking they are replaced. All solder joints are checked, especially soldered tone holes, and fixed if need be.

Once this work is completed, the flute is given a bath in a biodegradablecleaning agent, polished, and then assembly begins. The pad cups are leveled, correct size pads are chosen. Only the finest sheet cork, felts and teflon are used for the combinations and on the feet of the keys. Key arms are bent if necessary so that from a side view pad and key cups are parallel, and when each pad seats perfectly the key combinations are balanced.

The entire instrument is reassembled with attention to every detail. Upon completion it sits for a day, then is checked again. Finally the flute is played by a professional musician, intonation problems dealt with, and the action set. The fit of the head and foot joints is of utmost importance, when done correctly your flute will sing. Straubinger pads are available, they are exceedingly stable and do not react to climatic changes as do felt pads. Additional charges will apply for their use. As a professional musician and technician, my thirty years of experience has led me to conclude that the same tension and resiliency should be felt through out the flute under your fingertips, and the result will be the minimum of effort to create the clarity of musical thought.

Pricing for repairs:

Clean, Oil and Adjust: This is work that should be done on flutes once a year. The flute is taken completely apart, cleaned, new oil applied, leaks dealt with, head joint and foot joints fit. Spring tension will be adjusted and pad replacement is $30 per pad.

Student Flute Overhaul $380
Intermediate Open Hole $775
Professional Closed Hole $1,000
Professional Open Hole $1,000
W/ Straubinger or Schmidt pads $1,200
Alto and Bass Flute Overhaul $895-$1100
Student Piccolo Overhaul $385
Professional Piccolo Overhaul $750

Clean, Oil and Adjust
w/$30.00 per pad


Fitting Headjoints

$40 minimum

Flute High E RingsThese are called High E facilitator rings and they are glued in the key hole of the lower G tone hole. They aid in reaching 3rd octave E and the note responds quicker and pitch is improved. The cost of this installation is $60 and if high E is a source of annoyance to you, well worth it. $60

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