Flute maintenance - User guide (translation by Daniela Jovanovic)
1.) Flute protect from sun, strong heat sources (stove, radiator, etc.), water sprinkling or falling into any liquid (as well as any kind of heavy moisture in the air), then from too cold enviroment (to prevent forming of ice on flute), etc. Today in houses and apartments, living room is often connected to the kitchen. Because of high evaporation of water from the stove while cooking, in this area there is heavy moisture in the air. It also refers to a situation where you would put flute in closed bag without air, so it could get moldy. So, flute loves moderate conditions, and all extremes are not good for its maitenence and later performance-playing on it.
2.) Flute carefully guard against dropping, impacts or crushing. You should always keep your instrument in a oblong bag or in a box. The bag must be such that you can close it, and box should also be such that you can close it in order to prevent flute from falling and crushing. Thus instrument should always be kept no metter if it is stored or taken away with you, or by someone, somewhere. It is even better, if you are able to create a cardboard box, or even better box made from wood and to hold your instrument in box like that.
3.) Flute is like wine. As time goes by, it is getting better, the wood dries and vibration during playing becomes more and more pleasant to the ear. It is necessary to play flute regularly, since playing gradualy improves sound quality.
4.) Be careful not to damage the cork, hatch at the mouthpiece and edge of flute, because these are most sensitive parts. It is flutes mini equipment for sound production. The intervention on the holes can be done somehow, but it would be very complicated to fix problems with cork. Never try to push and remove cork from the flute! It is not necessary, and if by any chance it happen to drop (and this is only possible if flute became so dried because of storaged in bad condition), then it is necessary to entrust flute to an experienced flutes repairman, who could be able to perform an intervention and reinstall cork in the flute.
5.) We have chosen to reduce maintenance to the optimal level. The most important thing is to protect flute from too much heat, cold, moisture, dropping, impacts or crushing. You can clean (of dust) flute from the inside from time to time by taking a steel wire length of 40-50 cm bend it at about 3-4 cm and put on that bend small cloth, (cloth should be made of compact material that does not leave any small particles of the cloth when used for cleaning) small enough to be able to slip through the bottom hole in the bottom of flute. Do not push cork from inside, just slightly tap it a few times, slowly pull the wire with a cloth through flute and that would be it. It is the same procedure for one piece and two piece flutes, only, it is much easier to do this procedure with flute that consists of two separate pieces.
6.) You can clean hatch at the mouthpiece with a softer cardboard (as of box of cigare is made of). You can cut cardboard and clean a hatch with it just a little bit of movement. This cardboard will also absorb moisture from inside of flute which is also positive side effect. Do not use any kind of wood, and certainly not something metallic, like a knife, nail, screwdriver or something similar. Do not use any kind of plastic or thoothpicks. All that can make contusion at the hatch. If the hatch at the mouthpiece is disrupt only for hundredth of millimeter flute tuning can be disrupted and in worse case scenario flute itself can be ruined. In this case, it is not possible to fix flute otherwise then to send it to a repairman. But after removing of cork and it’s return again, flute can rarely be as good as with it’s original position of cork.
7.) After eating, before you start to play the flute, you should rinse thoroughly your mouth with water and brush your teeth from food leftovers. It is recommended that you do not play flute at least 20 minutes after meal because in the meantime, you can feel a residual piece of food and remove it from your mouth. This is very important because if piece of food enter the flute and stick to the inside wall of it, and gets dried, it will become obstacle, so the flute may become ill tuned and it will never sound as good as it should.
8.) Since you bought a new flute, do not play it too long every day. For example when you buy block flute, or other similar instrument you should play it only 10 minutes per a day during first week, then 15 min. during second week, 20 min. during third week, up to the point when you can play as much as you want, or as much as you have time and strength to play. You should gradually increase the time of playing the new flute, especially if you are a beginner, because you inject much more moisture then an experienced player and the cork and the inside of the flute becomes much wetter. You should do like this, by the time you become skilled enough to play flute with as much dry lips as you can.
9.) All customers expect that their new flute sound and appearance is excelent, but later, just a few preserve and maintain their instrument with care, as it should be done.
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