Flute/Piccolo Repair

Straubinger Certified Repair

It was my great pleasure to spend three long days learning from master technician/flute maker/pad manufacturer David Straubinger. While I was skeptical, I quickly realized why it is necessary to learn how these special flute pads are properly installed directly from David. With only three other students in the clinic with me I was able to gain an immense amount of skill that can only be learned directly from a master. Not only did this clinic improve my repair quality on flutes and clarinets(Straubinger pads and otherwise) I gained many skills that I now use on saxophone and other instruments.

Straubinger pads play with an extremely light touch when installed correctly and hold up to moisture better than any other pad I have ever worked with. They have become the standard on hand made flutes the world over. By eliminating the inconsistent felt and using a very thin synthetic suede with a very firm backing Straubinger Pads remain level longer than traditional pads even in extreme playing conditions.

Student  / Plateau Flutes

The extreme precision demanded by professional musicians is not necessary for students but the instrument does need to play easily without having to blow or squeeze harder. A poorly working instrument can be compared to trying out for basketball in flip-flops. The student can run and jump but will not make the team. Music can be great at building confidence but giving a student an instrument that doesn’t work properly can do the opposite. This is why it is extremely important to have an trained experienced technician make sure you instrument is in proper working order before beginning to learn an instrument. Most of the time Chris is in the shop and can give an accurate estimate before the instrument is left. Please bring everything used to play and care for the instrument including the neck, case and mouthpiece. Thanks, Chris Moller.

Student Flute Services include:

 

  • Minor repairs done while-you-wait as time and workload permit ____________________________________________________$50.00 min. charge                                                                     

  • Free estimates:

    It is important to understand that flutes do not either play or not. The more they leak air the more difficult they are to play especially in the lower notes. If you believe you or your child may be playing on a flute that is under-repaired I recommend you bring it in and have the instrument checked out(even if another technician has already looked at it). I will let you know what I am able to do to improve its playability, how much it costs and how it will affect the way it plays. ____________________________________________$FREE OF CHARGE

  • Clean, oil and adjust:

    Flutes begin to fall out of adjustment as soon as the flute is played. Pads are swelling and shrinking, adjustment screws can vibrate loose, corks will compress, oil dries out and so on. A clean, oil and adjust covers leveling pads, replacing pads and key silencers as needed, checking pad height and timing,  cleaning and play test. ______________________________________________________ $35.00 to $165.00

  • Head joint and foot joint refitting:

    It is very important for the head and foot joints to fit properly. They should be air tight but still slide in and out easily. Many student flutes are very out of round from the factory causing air leaks which greatly diminish the performance of the flute. The flute will respond much better if the joints are properly fit. _____________________________________________________Head joint $18.00  Foot joint $50.00

  • Dent work:

  • Usually dented flutes do not get treated well. I recommend all dents be removed during the yearly clean, oil and adjust. ______________________________________________________________________________Usually $25.00 to $65.00
  • Solder work:

  • Flutes are soft soldered together to allow parts to “break off” rather than causing more damage to the body. Most of the time I can solder parts so you can barely tell anything ever happened_______________________________________________First solder joint $25.00 _____________________________________________________________Each Additional solder joint $15.000
  • Repad:

    Flute pads last about 5 to 10 years. Once the pads begin to tear, fray, shrink or harden technicians can no longer work with them and they will no longer play with a light touch. At Agave Music a repad includes removing all keys, cleaning the flute, minor dent work, refitting head and foot joints, replacing all pads, leveling all pads, oil, adjust and play test. (Only available on certain newer flutes) __________________________________________________________________________ Usually $165.00 to $185.00

  • Mechanical overhaul w/ woven felt pads:

    Most student flutes came with woven felt pads originally. When installed correctly these pads will play with a light touch and consistent response. At Agave Music a mechanical overhaul refers to all work included in a repad plus a chemical cleaning, all new key silencers and new head cork. Mechanically your flute will be better than new. This repair comes with a one year Repair and Maintenance Contract signed by Chris Moller. Additional charges apply if a full hand polish is desired or if major dent and solder work is needed. ________________________________________________________________________________ Starting at $275.00

  • Mechanical overhaul w/ Pressed felt pads:

    Pressed felt pads offer a firmer feel, more consistent seal and a cleaner response with an even lighter touch.  Pressed felt pads are sometimes necessary on student flutes due to pads cups being made more shallow(Usually Yamaha or other Asian made flutes). Because these pads are more expensive and require more delicate partial shimming their repair cost is higher but worth it. At Agave Music a mechanical overhaul refers to all work included in a repad plus a chemical cleaning, all new key silencers and new head cork. Mechanically your flute will be better than new. This repair comes with a one year Repair and Maintenance Contract signed by Chris Moller. Additional charges apply if a full hand polish is desired or if major dent and solder work is needed. ___________________________________________________ Starting at $355.00

Open Hole / French and Professional Flutes

Chris Moller does all repair work on site. You can expect the highest quality repair work available. There is no substitute for talent, tooling, schooling, a six-year apprenticeship, and continued training along with 20 years of experience. When your flute is repaired correctly it will play with an extremely light touch and all notes will respond easily all the way down to low “C” or “B”.