If you need any advice or help with your flute problems you can call me on 020 7928 8181 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
I am in my workshop from Tuesday to Saturday, 9:00 to 17:00.
If you need to contact me outside these times please ring me on my mobile 07973 142488.
Whilst my workshop is in London I live in Leicestershire, so it is possible to arrange to bring your instrument there, if this would be more convenient for you. Please contact me on the above numbers as necessary.
Top Wind is a busy shop, as is my workshop, and so it is necessary to book most repairs. There is time, however, for small emergency adjustments before your concert, exam or lesson! (but give warning if you can!).
The type of regular work usually needed on your flute or piccolo will be as follows:
Repair intervals vary but as a rule a Service is needed once every two to three years and an Overhaul every three to ten years.
If you take good care of your instrument you will extend the intervals between work and save yourself money! So pay attention to my ‘Care Of Your Flute’ section, you never know you may be unwittingly doing something wrong. I’ve even caught top professionals not caring for their instruments!
If you have any questions please contact me and I will be pleased to try and answer them.
A good proportion of flute repairs I encounter in my workshop could be avoided by following these simple rules:
1. After you finish your flute practice, lesson or concert put your flute back in its case to avoid accidental damage and reduce tarnishing and dust collection.
2. Every time you finish playing your flute the moisture must be removed with a gauze cloth or handkerchief. Please do not put the damp cloth back inside the case, as this is the same as not having cleaned it out in the first place. (Your flute pads could swell and your instrument will tarnish quicker and springs and rods may even rust.) It is good practise to wipe your finger marks off every time you finish playing. Once your finger marks have dried they are much harder to remove.
3. Whenever you put your flute together, or take it apart, it is important not to put your hands on the keywork. If you do, damage could be caused to the regulation (adjustments between keys) of your instrument. It’s best to hold the head joint, avoiding the lip plate, and the body around the barrel where the head joint fits in. The only exception to hands on keywork is when fitting your foot joint to your flute. Please place your thumb gently on the C and C# key cups to move the foot joint with a quarter turn clockwise into position. If any of your flute joints are difficult to put together then please clean the inside of sockets and joints with a silver cleaning cloth. If this does not solve the problem then see a flute repairer. Never ever put grease on the joints - this will collect dust and grit from your flute case and cause damage to them.
4. Never use any cleaning liquids, like polish, on your flute. Only use a silver cloth. Don’t clean between the keys as you could damage the pads or move springs out of place. The bits under the mechanism will be cleaned when your flute has its annual service.
Top Wind Europe's Favourite Flute Shop 2 Lower Marsh, London, SE1 7RJ. Tel: 020 7401 8787