Flutestar Flute and Piccolo Repair __


The problem with giving an absolute price is, it isn't fair to most people.  Every flute is different and will need varying amounts of work or repair.  I will keep track of the time I spend on your instrument and charge at my hourly rate ($85 per hour).  If I think the amount of work is going to be significantly above the prices stated here, I will contact you before going ahead.  

 Again, these are APPROXIMATE PRICES:  

Student flutes (closed holes, silver plated, C foot 
with adjustment screws)    ...........starting at .........  $180

Student piccolos (silver plated or resin)................... $160

Intermediate flutes  (silver or silver plated, 
open hole with adjustment screws)  .......................  $220

Intermediate piccolos, wood with silverplated 
mechanism .............................................................. $200

Professional flute and piccolos...  starting at $240

                                    Hourly rate:  $85


Before you mail your instrument contact me and I'll put you on my work schedule.  Call me at my cell/shop phone, 828-712-9038, or email me to get an appointment.

. make sure your flute isn't banging around loose inside the case when you shake the case; put something like paper towels or small bubble wrap inside the case if needed to stabilize the flute
. put your name, phone and email address inside the flute case
.  wrap the flute case in big bubble wrap and then put it in a box big enough to put a couple of inches of styrofoam peanuts all around to cushion it.
.  I usually charge $20 to ship your flute back to you, I've never had trouble with the mail but if you want to insure it there will be an additional cost.

  Here is what I do for a clean, oil, and adjust

. remove dust, dirt and light tarnish from the instrument body 

. check the headcork to make sure it's not leaking air and replace it as needed

. check and correct the tenons' fit 

. disassemble the instrument and unpin the key sections, cleaning out the old oil and replacing it with fresh oil

. shim pads  so that the instrument pads seal with a light touch.   If your instrument is in bad condition (i.e. needs more than 2 or 3 pads shimmed), I would contact you before I do more shimming.  Shimming is time consuming, meticulous work (my polite way of saying a lot of shimming will run up the cost of the COA)  but it's what makes the difference between a great playing instrument and a leaky, fuzzy sounding instrument.   I do NOT clamp keys to seat the pads to the tone holes. 

. I correct all the adjustments

. correct spring tensions

.  remove lost motion, correcting key heights

.  play test the instrument 

. if I find anything else I can correct that will help make your flute play better I will contact you to ask your permission to do the work. 


Contact me:  Nancy Shinn, phone 828-712-9038 or to email me click here.