Hmm. Well, to start off, I'd say there is no normal because there are a lot of variables:
- How often/how many hours a week you play the flute
- How well you care for it (i.e. not twirling it)
- Where you store it (in a closet, in a car, ...)
- How often you play it outside
- Where you live (near the beach/high humidity/salty air; dry desert air)
My answers to your list--
Hours? Uh, sure, let's say it's an hour. Yeah. That's it. I'm sure. Yeah. Can we just count when I'm highly motivated about playing for something special?
I swab out my good-good flute every playing, and wipe the outside most times. Same with the bass. The good flute gets a shove-it shoved inside (unless it's really wet, then I swab it), and the head joint swabbed if it's really wet. Otherwise, why don't they make a shove-it for head joints? Ditto the piccs. And the Gemi, poor thing, typically just gets shoved back into the case. But it's rarely played, and by the time it gets cased it's typically been sitting for half an hour or more, after played for maybe ten minutes intermittent. And no twirling since 4th grade--one dent taught me that lesson!
They're stored on the floor of my bedroom, or in the front hall during Band season, or sometimes if I'm really motivated to practice on the stand for the bass and the good-good. Rarely ever do I let them sit in the car, and then only if the temp's pretty cool. I just don't believe in leaving expensive anythings in a car.
Outside playing--the good flute most Band concerts. Ditto both piccs (yes, I play the wood one outside. Deal with it
) The good-good usually just one concert (Mem Day, a very important one!)
KC Metro, which means all sorts of humidity and dry and wet, but no salt in the air
I'm not sure any of my flutes have ever had a COA. I don't think they've even had a complete repad ever. Gosh pied, you're starting to make me feel bad about apparently neglecting my horns. But I'm a little loath to take them in when they're playing just right for me--what if screws get tightened more than before, or springs adjusted, or something innocuous done which changes the feel of how it plays? Esp with my piccs where the tiniest adjustment can make a huge difference!
I'm a bad girl. That's all there is to it. HEY ALL YOU YOUNG'UNS, DON'T YOU FOLLOW IN MY EVIL PATH!!!!!!
>'Kat, probably facing banning for sure after this post....