Statute of limitations on instrument repairs
Hallo, so I have a technical question and a statute question.
I bought a new flute almost two years ago from a very reputable maker. It plays beautfully and I’m very happy with it. However, a year ago, a crack appeared in the head and another in the barrel. Another feature I noticed was that I had to reduce the position of the slider continuously to stay in-tune until the head and barrel were against each other. Anyway, contacted maker, and he replaced both parts without any hassle.
Now, I’ve noticed another crack starting on the barrel and I’m having to reduce the slider position until I’m again nearly out of ‘play’ again and starting to sound flat even with head against barrel.
I assume this is all occurring because moisture absorbtion is expanding the flute bore, although my flute has a liner in the head, so I don’t understand how it could be affecting the tuning. So, my questions …
1. What’s going on with the tuning, and is this unusual to be having so many issues ?
2. Should I contact maker now for a repair or wait until things stabilize ?
Gratefull for your help & replies.