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by HMannfan
Sat Jun 29, 2019 10:00 pm
Forum: Flute Repair and Maintenance
Topic: F key moving with E and D key
Replies: 3
Views: 814

Re: F key moving with E and D key

Dear BeatboxFlute, Don't take this as a personal attack, please. Typical flute player. If it plays at all, it's in good shape. NOT! You should have your flute checked yearly. Pads need work to keep them sealing well IMHO. The sound degrades, and the projection deteriorates over time. You simply get ...
by HMannfan
Sat Jun 29, 2019 9:38 pm
Forum: Flute Repair and Maintenance
Topic: Bb key sealing when closed with F key
Replies: 4
Views: 902

Re: Bb key sealing when closed with F key

Thank you, Joe. THAT's the kind of response I was looking for. Thank you for the suggestions. I'll try them out. I try never to use partial shims. If a pad isn't sealing well and just giving me problems, I replace it with another new pad. That often solves the problem. I always check passive key sea...
by HMannfan
Tue Jun 11, 2019 8:12 pm
Forum: Flute Repair and Maintenance
Topic: Bb key sealing when closed with F key
Replies: 4
Views: 902

Re: Bb key sealing when closed with F key

What? No comments, no suggestions? I've been working on flutes for about 5 years now, not just students flutes but professional flutes as well, some having Straubinger pads. The better made flutes are the easiest to repair. Student flutes the hardest if you use good quality Lucien deluxe pads. I use...
by HMannfan
Sat Jun 08, 2019 10:03 pm
Forum: Flute Repair and Maintenance
Topic: Bb key sealing when closed with F key
Replies: 4
Views: 902

Bb key sealing when closed with F key

Regarding flute pad shimming; obtaining a good seal on the F, F#, and Bb keys altogether when pressing just the F key can be problematic. I find on student flutes that often the Bb key winds up with a less than perfect seal to prevent it from keeping the F and F# keys from closing (with light pressu...
by HMannfan
Thu Sep 06, 2018 12:58 pm
Forum: Flute Repair and Maintenance
Topic: Alto flute paper shims
Replies: 2
Views: 1909

Re: Alto flute paper shims

Well, that was simple! Thank you Jim.
by HMannfan
Thu Sep 06, 2018 9:22 am
Forum: Flute Repair and Maintenance
Topic: Alto flute paper shims
Replies: 2
Views: 1909

Alto flute paper shims

Can anyone give me information on where to find pre-cut paper shims for an alto flute? Ferree's doesn't carry them. Do you know someone that does?
by HMannfan
Thu Nov 30, 2017 12:03 am
Forum: Flute Repair and Maintenance
Topic: Finger pressure guage
Replies: 4
Views: 2570

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: 2570

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: 2759

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: 2759

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: 2759

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: 2718

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: 3132

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: 6158

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: 3132

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.