Search found 77 matches

by HMannfan
Sun Jan 17, 2021 11:11 pm
Forum: Flute Repair and Maintenance
Topic: Piccolo head joint cork
Replies: 5
Views: 851

Re: Piccolo head joint cork

If anyone is interested I found a starting place for the head joint cork placement for the piccolo. Reg Thorp, in his book The Complete Woodwind Repair Manuel, says "For the straight bore head with a tapered bore body, which is the common piccolo found in the country, start with the face of the end ...
by HMannfan
Tue Jan 12, 2021 1:22 pm
Forum: Flute Repair and Maintenance
Topic: Piccolo head joint cork
Replies: 5
Views: 851

Re: Piccolo head joint cork

Thank you for your response frugal flutist. I read the same line in J. James Phelan's book. Not very helpful I'm afraid. This piccolo is probably 50 years old and doesn't have its swab stick any longer. It is a relatively rare Db piccolo by The Cleveland company. It is all metal. Probably relatively...
by HMannfan
Sat Jan 09, 2021 10:59 pm
Forum: Flute Repair and Maintenance
Topic: Piccolo head joint cork
Replies: 5
Views: 851

Re: Piccolo head joint cork

By that I mean, how do I position a new head cork for a piccolo? I could just use the location of the old cork. But I would also like to know where it SHOULD be positioned in relation to the embouchure hole. Am I being clear?
by HMannfan
Fri Jan 08, 2021 9:51 pm
Forum: Flute Repair and Maintenance
Topic: Piccolo head joint cork
Replies: 5
Views: 851

Piccolo head joint cork

What is the setting for a piccolo head joint cork?
by HMannfan
Mon Jan 27, 2020 11:20 am
Forum: Flute Repair and Maintenance
Topic: Split E mechanism
Replies: 2
Views: 6283

Split E mechanism

Is it important to have the F# key seal tightly on flutes with split E mechanism? Flutes with an E facilitator ring don't seal at all and play just fine. The split E mechanism seems more like a sales gimmick than anything. What do you think?
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: 4525

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: 4963

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: 4963

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: 4963

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: 5173

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: 5173

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: 3565

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: 3565

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: 3682

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: 3682

Re: Alto flute head joint fitting

Thanks. I was considering doing just that.