"Every flutist should be in a position, therefore, himself to undertake small repairs...."
-Theobald Boehm, from The Flute and Flute Playing
...because, nearly every flutist has had the horrible experience of having their flute playing well in one moment, and not at all in the next! With the sinking feeling in the heart as the realize that they don't have a clue what to do about it!!
In the course of 30 years in the business of keeping flutes playing, Anne Pollack has distilled some of the crucial information of and concepts emergency repair and maintenance into a class that enables the actively playing flutist (and flute teacher as well) to do minor repairs and adjustments of their instruments and their students' instruments.
Anne's background in training Repair Technicians at a major Boston flute maker (as head of the Repair Department) puts her teaching into an accessible and workable approach, regardless of whether a student has any prior experience with repair.
While addressing the most common problems that arise with flutes, the information provided teaches the student to adjust their own flute using the correct tools and techniques and in nearly all cases, get the flute back into playing order... usually within minutes.
The five-hour class is semi-private (set up for 2 students at a time) and usually split into two sessions. There is a hands-on approach, so that the student will understand the principals explained according to their own instrument(s). An Industry Standard set of tools and materials are provided, as well as a specially designed handbook.
Your Tool Kit will include:
- Bent Needle Nose Pliers
- Wire Cutters
- Swiss Scissors
- Pivot Swivel Screwdriver
- Pad Feeler Gauge
- Double end Spring Hook
- Pin Vise for Gluing Implements
- Swiss Watchmakers Tweezers
- Sand Paper, Liquid Shellac, Cork %26 Shims
- Lubrication, Cleaning and Adjustment Materials
- Headcork pushing dowel
Some of the topics covered include:
- ~ Solutions to the most common emergency flute problems.
- ~ What you can do, and when you can do it in an emergency situation.
- ~ Head corks...How to remove enlarge and refit. To address problems with projection, vibrancy, pitch and cracking notes.
- ~ Disassembly and reassembly of flute.
- ~ Cleanup of mechanism to address stuck, binding or sluggish keys and weak springs.
- ~ Adjustment and fine tuning of keys.
- ~ To address keys that are not functioning in synchrony (example: when 1-on-1 Bb does not function due to misadjustment of the left-hand Bb key).
- ~ Spring tensions and corrections of action...to address unbalanced action and other related issues.
- ~ Correcting "play" in key...Removing double-action, a/k/a lost motion.
The price of the class is $500.00 which includes Tools, supplies, Repair Handbook and follow-up answers to class related questions. For more information, or to schedule a class please contact us.
This class can be enlarged to satisfy an academic setting, providing an overview of repair and an extensive Q & A for all partipants.
"Anne's basic maintenance class is clearly organized and presented with her customary patience and good humour. I found the class to be a wonderfully informative and useful introduction to flute repair."
Michael Parloff, Principal Flute, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
"What I learned in Anne's repair class has been invaluable in allowing me to make repairs to my flute whenever I am far from her expert care"
Gen Shinkai, NYC Freelance Flutist
"I've put together my flute repair kit and am now feeling armed %26 ready to receive my students' repair issues with more confidence this Fall. I truly am so grateful to you for both the excellent repair of my flute and the repair class which I especially enjoyed. It was invaluable, making it possible for me to learn such practical and important flute repair knowledge for myself and my flute students."
Katherine Prinz, Long Island Flutist and Teacher
"Thank you so much for a really exciting and inspiring two days! The workshop was SO much fun, and finally I got to live out my dream of taking my flute apart."
Sara Rothman, NY/NJ Flutist and Teacher