How do you clean an old tarnished flute? 

How do I make my flute shiny again? 

How do I get rid of brown spots on my flute? 

What can I use to clean my flute? To sum it all up, cleaning your flute is typically best done with anti-tarnish silver polish and rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide. You can also use soap and water but in small amounts so as to not destroy the pads or the headjoint cork either. While Windex isn’t necessarily harmful, it also isn’t recommended.

How do professionals clean a flute?

What causes a flute to tarnish?

What causes tarnish? The very dark almost black looking tarnish is caused by exposing the silver to sulfur. In the presence of hydrogen sulfide in the atmosphere, silver forms a film of silver sulfide which is black in color. When silver sulfide forms on the surface of your flute, it darkens the silver.

Can you clean your flute with rubbing alcohol?

Never use silver polish or any other cleaner on your flute. To clean your flute use “saliva” or rubbing alcohol on your cloth. To keep pads clean, don’t eat candy or chew gum before playing and never while playing.

Can I use isopropyl alcohol to clean my flute?

To clean a flute with rubbing alcohol, take a cotton swab with rubbing alcohol soaked into it and rub around the mouthpiece and lip plate. This will kill any bacteria on and around this spot without the need for bleach. Don’t use rubbing alcohol inside the body of the flute or around the keys.

Can you use silver polish on a flute?

When you’re polishing a flute, don’t use silver polish or other liquids. Although it can be tempting to give your instrument an extra shine, liquid polish isn’t recommended because it can damage the instrument’s finger pads and cause the metal to rust.

How do you remove tarnish from a silver plated flute?

To clean a tarnished flute, start by rubbing down the flute with a silver polishing cloth and then use an anti-tarnish silver polish with a microfiber cloth to rub the area until the tarnish slowly disappears.

Why does my flute have black spots?

This discoloration on the flute is silver sulfide, a product of the silver on the surface of the flute combining with sulfur components in the air.

Does it tarnish affect a flute?

Most silver/silver plated flutes will have some tarnish on them (unless they’re fresh from an overhaul, or otherwise cleaned and polished), and tarnish is only a cosmetic issue that won’t affect how the flute plays, so there’s really no need to worry about it. it’s a silver plated, nickel silver body.

Can you clean a flute with toothpaste?

Take a tooth brush and tooth paste and scrub your flute down with it. Make sure you use lukewarm water before and after to rinse it off. I tarnished my flute by accidentally soaking it in 3% hydrogen peroxide for too long so it got all tarnished but the toothpaste helped it a lot. To disinfect it I use mouthwash.

Why does my flute turn my chin black?

Occasionally our flutes aren’t the cleanest (no!), and the oils and gunk from our face and fingers has mixed on the lip plate for long enough to create a pretty dirty, oily tarnish. We can’t really see it with our eyes, but it is definitely there.

How much does it cost to polish a flute?

Typically the cost to professional clean a flute will cost around $50 every few months depending on the frequency of usage. The cost can vary based on location, the state of the flute, and the musical instrument technician but generally will cost around $50.

How often should you Repad a flute?

Repad. Generally recommended when a considerable number of pads need to be replaced, but the mechanism of the instrument is in superior condition, or on average every 5-10 years, the standard Repad procedures include the Full COA services, and: Replacement of ALL pads (corks, foams, adjustments replaced if needed)

What is a good flute brand?

Whatever your budget is, Yamaha flutes are an excellent choice for beginners, intermediate players, and professionals alike. Muramatsu is one of the oldest flute companies in Japan. Since 1923, they have carried the same tradition of excellence in flute-making and carefully building each flute with precision.

How much does it cost to restore a flute?

Flute & Piccolo Repair Prices
Flutes Average for Playing Condition Complete Repad*
Closed Hole $80.00 $310.00
Open Hole $100.00 $360.00
Low B Foot Add $30.00
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How long does it take to Repad a flute?

A standard servicing without appointment typically takes about two weeks, and overhauls (much more extensive work including fully re-padding the instrument) typically takes about four weeks.

How do I know if my flute needs new pads?

Turn the flute over and look at the pads (under the keys). Do not touch the pads with anything (damage). Look for fraying, peeling, puffing, or tears in the “skin” of the pads. If you see any of these, your flute can limp along for a while, but probably needs repair depending on the severity of the tears.

How long does a flute COA take?

All aspects of a standard COA. Up to 4 hours of labor (instead of the standard 3 hours)

How long should a flute last?

I have seen flutes last anywhere from four to thirteen years with consistent playing before needing overhauls. Piccolos tend to last longer between overhauls.

Do flutes get old?

Re: When is a flute ‘too old’?

A flute gets old when it is not properly/regularly serviced or maintained, but if you do regularly have it serviced it will be fine for decades.

How much is a flute pad replacement?

Flutes
Service Estimate of Price
Pad Replacement w/ Adjustment *$8.00
Adjustment – No Pads $50
Pad Replacement Only *$13.00
Replace Head Cork *$25.00

Can you replace flute pads yourself?

Do not attempt to replace your flute pads if you don’t have access to or aren’t completely comfortable using the required tools. Music & Arts and The Vault assume no liability for any damage you may cause to your flute while attempting to replace flute pads on your own.

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