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18 February 2010 @ 01:58 pm
I purchased a flute from a nice man on Craig's List.. The pads looked in pretty good shape, and there wasn't too much wear and tear that I noticed (other than a small dent an inch below the lip plate). It came in a case and I soon found out that the body and foot really, really have a tough time coming apart and each time I took it apart, I was really scared of bending the keys because I can't get the best grip on either piece.. So, I've just left it that way, and it lives on my bookshelf; assembled and out of the case for the last few months. I'm moving soon and I really don't want to leave my flute wild and roaming about a heavily packed car. Can any of you give me some tips on how to get the two pieces apart without going to a repair shop? (I know it probably needs a check up and adjustment, but I'm waiting until I have more money. The flute is definately not a poor man's instrument..)
Captain Dar: flute heromusicgoddess917 on February 18th, 2010 11:07 pm (UTC)
Try to work some key oil in there, if you have any? Once you get it apart, use a bit of cork grease to keep it from getting stuck. Hope that helps!
I'll radiate love like Three Mile Islandlady_wormtongue on February 18th, 2010 11:19 pm (UTC)
Make sure you hold the body at the upper tenon joint and the foot at the very end when you pull them apart... there's not a lot of room at the end of the foot but you shouldn't have to worry about bending the keys that way. Sometimes using a rubber glove or rubber jar opener might help you get a grip on the instrument so it's not slipping through your hand. Seconding the key oil/cork grease idea, just make sure that every time you take the flute apart, you clean the grease off the joints. :) Good luck!
. f a e r y . d u s t  .languidbuterfly on February 19th, 2010 12:55 am (UTC)
I've found sewing machine oil handy with these problems, mostly because the applicator is useful and you can get it from the supermarket. As for not getting stuck in the future, cork grease is the way to go, it's probably just being tetchy because it mightn't have been loved for a while. luck!
Patricia Erinpatriciaerin on February 19th, 2010 05:49 am (UTC)
NO NO NO NO NO. Do NOT put any sort of oil or grease on it you can totally ruin the instrument. I work at a music store and our repair guy their highly recommends NOT putting oil or grease on it. If you go to a good repair shop the probably would be willing to refit the foot joint for you at no charge.
Crystalxroadtonowherex on February 20th, 2010 11:29 pm (UTC)
You wont ruin the instrument if you use key oil and wipe it off immediately. However, the reason is it stuck is probably because it has buildup on the tenon. When you do get it off, thoroughly clean the tenon from both sides with a cloth. Don't be afraid to puah too hard on the tenon with your fingers. It might help to use a silver polish cloth.. But don't let the cloth by the keys.
As far as getting if off, i would brace the footjoint by holding the footjoint with the key side facing you and laying your thumb across all the keys, careful not to squeeze on the rod. Wrap your hand around it and hold the body by the neck. Try twisting toward you and off at the same time.