Never pick up your flute by the keys when removing or replacing your flute to its case. Handle by the ends where there are no keys.
1. After each and every playing session, separate your flute into 3 pieces.
2. Thread a small (2″ x 8″) soft cloth through the needle-like slot in the end of your tuning rod and flip the cloth over the cleaning rod, then wrap it around the rod so that there is none of the rod showing at the top, otherwise, you will scratch the inside of your flute. Carefully wipe off the outside of the flute to remove oils or perspiration caused by your hands.
3. Put your flute together with a slow back-and-forth twisting motion, never push or pull the flute when assembling or disassembling. This can cause the instrument to become bent at the joints.
Each time you put the flute together a small amount of debris will build-up on the joints making it difficult to assemble. Wipe the joints with a soft cloth before assembling.
The use of lubricants on the joints is not recommended – this can cause damage over time. The only exception to this rule is on some piccolos and wood flutes that have cork joints. You should apply a small amount of cork grease to these joints, as needed, to aid in assembly.
4. Store and carry your flute in its case, avoiding moisture and temperature extremes. This will prevent damage and tarnishing of the flute.
Do not place anything in the case that can press on the flute and bend the keys.
5. Each time you are finished playing, repeat the cleaning steps 1,2 and 3.
Check all screws and pivots to see if they are loose. If there are any loose parts, take your flute to a qualified repair shop. Do not make adjustments yourself, parts can be over tightened and damaged.
We highly recommend that you have your instrument checked and adjusted by a qualified repair shop once a year. The shop may find adjustments or worn pads that are effecting the optimal performance of your flute.