HNY to all, a question regarding flute maintenance …
I’ve been playing a Casey Burns folk flute for a few years and was fairly easy to manage from a maintenance point of view. No brass liner in the head piece and threads in the joints, so wipe after playing to remove condensation and occasionally treat with almond oil did the trick.
I’ve recently (4 months) changed to playing a flute with cork in the joints instead of thread and brass lining in the head piece. I’m noticing a few differences …
The cork swells way more than the thread and after playing for 30 mins or more is almost impossible to undo the joint without serious torque. Overnight the cork will contract so much that the headpiece fell on the floor a few days ago it was so loose. I’ve taken to adding a couple winds of thread over the cork to make sure it doesn’t happen again but don’t know if this will make matters worse ?
As I couldn’t clean the headpiece correctly, I’ve noticed the brass has become discoloured due to the condensation. Not sure if this is ‘normal’ or not and should I remove it or not and how ?
Any advice welcome, Rosie.