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by HMannfan
Thu Nov 30, 2017 12:03 am
Forum: Flute Repair and Maintenance
Topic: Finger pressure guage
Replies: 4
Views: 116

Re: Finger pressure guage

Thanks, Joe. The reason I started thinking about this is I have a professional flute player test play all my repaired instruments prior to giving them back to a student. I have large, very strong hands and fingers (I was a carpenter for 40yrs) and she plays with a much lighter touch. Occasionally sh...
by HMannfan
Wed Nov 29, 2017 2:53 pm
Forum: Flute Repair and Maintenance
Topic: Finger pressure guage
Replies: 4
Views: 116

Finger pressure guage

Is there a device to measure the amount of force required to close a key? Should the pressure required be the same for all the keys? I've read it should only take about 1 1/2 oz. of pressure to seal a pad against the chimney. Some of the springs are a heavier gauge which would lead me to believe the...
by HMannfan
Mon Aug 28, 2017 6:13 pm
Forum: Flute Repair and Maintenance
Topic: Alto flute head joint fitting
Replies: 4
Views: 388

Re: Alto flute head joint fitting

I figured I'd post an update. I received the tenon expander and Gemeinhardt swedging die in the mail a couple days ago. I worked on expanding the alto flute's head joint tenon. The can-opener style tenon expander worked very well. It took me a little while to get the tension between the rollers just...
by HMannfan
Thu Aug 17, 2017 10:39 am
Forum: Flute Repair and Maintenance
Topic: Alto flute head joint fitting
Replies: 4
Views: 388

Re: Alto flute head joint fitting

Thanks. I was considering doing just that.
by HMannfan
Wed Aug 16, 2017 6:30 pm
Forum: Flute Repair and Maintenance
Topic: Alto flute head joint fitting
Replies: 4
Views: 388

Alto flute head joint fitting

I recently had a request to adjust a loose fitting head joint on a Jupiter alto flute. I checked with Curtis Ferree, and he recommended using their H59 tenon expander. They also list two head swedging dies in specific sizes for Gemeinhardt and Armstrong alto flutes. I don't want to attempt using the...
by HMannfan
Tue Sep 01, 2015 5:56 pm
Forum: Flute Repair and Maintenance
Topic: Pearl flute hex key
Replies: 1
Views: 1440

Pearl flute hex key

Hi everyone, Does anyone know what size hex (Allen) key is needed to dismantle the trill key assembly on a Pearl PF-601 flute? I bought one from J.L.Smith that was supposed to fit, but it is too large. I don't know what size the one I bought from Smith is, so I can't help with that info except that ...
by HMannfan
Sun Jul 19, 2015 10:50 am
Forum: Flute Repair and Maintenance
Topic: split E mechanism
Replies: 5
Views: 1103

Re: split E mechanism

Thank you Steve. I've got it closing just fine now. No lost motion, and good seal.
by HMannfan
Sun Jul 19, 2015 10:47 am
Forum: Flute Repair and Maintenance
Topic: Felts for Pearl flute
Replies: 15
Views: 2038

Re: Felts for Pearl flute

I appreciate pied_piper's view of replacing like material when doing repairs, and that is the main reason I asked the question originally. Because the flute I'm repairing is my own, and I don't have a selection of good quality felt to replace the existing/damaged felts, using cork is not a real issu...
by HMannfan
Sat Jul 18, 2015 5:42 pm
Forum: Flute Repair and Maintenance
Topic: split E mechanism
Replies: 5
Views: 1103

Re: split E mechanism

Sorry guys. I did get the key names wrong. (I can play it, I just can't name the parts). Thanks for your help.
by HMannfan
Fri Jul 17, 2015 9:30 pm
Forum: Flute Repair and Maintenance
Topic: split E mechanism
Replies: 5
Views: 1103

split E mechanism

The Pearl 501 flute that I'm working on has a split E mechanism. The lever for the mechanism has been bent. I have not seen one of these before. Is the lever supposed to close the F# key completely when the D key is depressed? I have seen pictures of the inserts for the F# key that are supposed to h...
by HMannfan
Fri Jul 17, 2015 9:16 pm
Forum: Flute Repair and Maintenance
Topic: Felts for Pearl flute
Replies: 15
Views: 2038

Re: Felts for Pearl flute

Thanks for all the replies. I'm with Steve on this one. I don't like bending things unless absolutely necessary, especially feet. Feet are pretty substantial, and the chance to damage something else in bending them is ever present, especially if they are still attached to the instrument. I like the ...
by HMannfan
Wed Jul 15, 2015 9:16 am
Forum: Flute Repair and Maintenance
Topic: Felts for Pearl flute
Replies: 15
Views: 2038

Re: Felts for Pearl flute

Thanks Steve. I couldn't help but laugh at first reading of your reply. Simple, straightforward.
by HMannfan
Tue Jul 14, 2015 11:44 pm
Forum: Flute Repair and Maintenance
Topic: Felts for Pearl flute
Replies: 15
Views: 2038

Felts for Pearl flute

Hi everyone, I have just taken apart a Pearl 501 student flute. In place of the usual cork pads on key feet, Pearl has used felt. Can you tell me where I can obtain replacements for these felt pads? Or, can you tell me what thickness felt is used? It appears to be somewhere in the neighborhood of .0...
by HMannfan
Sun Nov 02, 2014 12:58 pm
Forum: Flute Repair and Maintenance
Topic: Broken head joint receiver on Emerson EP-3MH piccolo
Replies: 9
Views: 2838

Re: Broken head joint receiver on Emerson EP-3MH piccolo

Thank you Steve and fluteguy18 for your replies. I think I'll just set it aside for a while and consider my options. I don't want to destroy it completely trying to remove the collar without really knowing what I am doing.

Thanks again,
Mark
by HMannfan
Sat Oct 25, 2014 9:02 pm
Forum: Flute Repair and Maintenance
Topic: Broken head joint receiver on Emerson EP-3MH piccolo
Replies: 9
Views: 2838

Re: Broken head joint receiver on Emerson EP-3MH piccolo

fluteguy18

Thanks for the suggestions. I'll think about it for a while.

Anyone else ever try to take one of these apart?

Thanks,
Mark

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