Expert Flute Repairs

 
Repair services are still available through FCNY! To better protect our staff and heed social distancing recommendations, flutes must be mailed to us along with a note with your contact information. Please contact cory@flutecenter.com to coordinate this effort.
 

The Flute Center of New York is New York's premier destination for expert flute repairs. We employ the most talented and experienced technicians in the industry, and all our technicians undergo continuing training with all the major flute manufacturers. 

To begin your repair and receive an initial assessment, call (212) 307-9737 or email cory@flutecenter.com. Our standard rate is $125/hour with a minimum charge of $125.

 

 

Repair Pricing

Student Flute All Other Flutes
Minimum Charge $125 $125
Clean, Oil, and Adjust $295+ $395+
Overhaul (Traditional Pads) $700 $1,600
Overhaul (Straubinger / Synthetic Pads) N/A $1,700
Same-Day Surcharge $95 $95
Full Polish N/A $250
Dents, Scratches, Solder, Metalworking $125 / hour $125 / hour
Additional / Hourly Work $125 / hour $125 / hour

 

 

Clean, Oil and Adjust (COA)

The Clean, Oil, Adjust (COA) is the standard for flute repair, combining necessary adjustments, playability, and preventative maintenance. FCNY recommends all flutes have a COA performed every 12 months. A COA includes a full disassembly of the mechanism (including removing pins), cleaning of the interior of the mechanism, oiling of the interior of the mechanism, and a dip and light polish of the body to remove most body tarnish. COAs do not include a polish of the keys and mechanism, which is available for an additional fee (see below). A COA includes up to three hours of labor and up to three pads replaced. Additional pads beyond the first three cost $70 each for traditional pads and $80 each for Straubinger / synthetic.

The COA Repair:
  1. The instrument is play tested.
  2. All pins are removed, the mechanism is cleaned, and fresh oil is applied as necessary.
  3. Play is removed from both left and right hand sections.
  4. Silencing material (corks and felts) are replaced as necessary.
  5. The keys are reassembled and the instrument is regulated. Pads are replaced as necessary and pad shimming is done as necessary.
  6. The headjoint cork is replaced.
  7. Instrument body is dipped in a silver brightening solution and then lightly hand-polished.

  

Overhaul

An Overhaul is our most comprehensive repair service. An Overhaul returns a flute to as-like-new condition as possible, including the replacement of all soft parts (pads, corks, felts, etc.), a full dip and polish (including the mechanism), and a full adjustment to the pads and mechanism. Overhauls take approximately 20-30 hours to complete, and we usually have a 4-6 week backlog: We recommend calling to put your name on the list as soon as possible. 

Overhaul (Student Flute): $700
Overhaul (Non-Student Flute): from $1600 (traditional pads); from $1700 (Straubinger or synthetic pads)
 

Full Polish

A full polish is a service that can be added to a COA - but not to a PC - for an additional $250.  A Polish is included in an Overhaul. The full polish includes the same dip in a tarnish-removal solution that comes with a COA, but with a full hand polish of the body (a COA includes a light polish) and a full hand polish of the mechanism and keywork as well.   


Dents, Scratches, Metalworking, Soldering, etc.

Dent removal, metalworking, soldering work, or scratch removal, etc. are not included in a PC, COA, or Overhaul. All metalworking issues are billed at an additional rate of $125/hour. 


 
The Repair Team:

Phil Unger is Straubinger and Muramatsu certified and was trained at the Powell facility. He has been repairing flutes since 1976.

Claude Rozier is Straubinger, Muramatsu and Sankyo certified and worked as a flute maker for Sankyo Japan for 6 years. He has been repairing flutes since 1979.

Yongin Namkung is Straubinger and Muramatsu certified and worked as a flute maker for many years. He was known as the #1 repair technician in Korea while living there. He has been repairing flutes since 1989.

Learn more about the FCNY Team.