Lucian Rinando

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Your instrument will be evaluated upon arrival with a meticulous mechanical inspection and a thorough playing test. Recommendations will be offered and an estimate provided before work begins. Repair fees are based on two price levels, one for handmade flutes and another for commercial model flutes. Four categories of service are offered: Adjustments, COA (Clean, Oil, Adjust), RP (RePadding), OH (OverHaul). Makes such as Brannen, Burkart, Haynes, Mateki, Muramatsu, Miyazawa, Nagahara, Powell, Sankyo, Yamaha, and Di Zhao, to mention a few, are all serviced by Lucian Rinando. A six month warranty on the materials and labor is provided on every service at Flute SoLucian. Please see the description of the four basic services.

Adjustments

Pads, felts, cork, and even the mechanism tubing will change over time as a flute is played in various temperatures, seasons, and with normal handling of the instrument. You may find a slight play in the key to key alignment, uneven key height, lost motion, or sticking of keys. Headjoint fitting, dent removal, spring tension adjustments, mechanical noise reduction and more can be improved without a COA or OH. Adjustment work is charged by the hour with a minimum charge of $25.

Clean, Oil and Adjust (COA)

A yearly clean, oil, and adjustment is a must to ensure that your flute is fully responding with a vibrant sound and effortless mechanical accuracy. Your instrument will be completely disassembled. Pins are removed and rods, screws, rollers, and mechanism tubing are cleaned. The oil is removed and replaced. The body tubing is cleaned and polished. The keys are cleaned as well as possible without disturbing pads or adjustments. The flute is re-assembled. Pads are re-shimmed as required to cover with a light touch. The mechanism is checked for any play, lost motion, radial movement, or loss of spring tension (additional charges may occur for the replacement of springs, head cork, pads and bumpers). The instrument is then thoroughly play-tested to determine response, agility and intonation. More adjustments are made accordingly. This procedure can take 2-3 days, depending on the condition of the instrument.

Repad (RP)

Repadding a flute is recommended when, although a flute has relatively little tarnish, and like-new cork, felt, and foam rubber, several pads may need replacing due to age, split skins, or instability. Repadding involves complete disassembly of the instrument. Pins are removed and rods, screws, rollers, and mechanism tubing are cleaned. The oil is removed and replaced. The body tubing is cleaned and polished. Pads are replaced and seated to cover with a light touch. The instrument is then thoroughly play-tested to determine response, agility and intonation. The instrument is then allowed to rest, re-examined for regulation, and thoroughly play-tested for confirmation. This procedure may take 7-12 days to complete.

Complete Overhaul (OH)

Professional flutists will require an overhaul every 5-8 years, depending on the care and amount of playing required. Those who play non-professionally may only need an overhaul every 8-10 years. Flutes that have have been in long-term storage or have not received regular maintenance will require a full mechanical restoration in order to play properly. With this procedure, the instrument is completely disassembled and stripped, including pads, cork, felt, foam rubber, and any adjustment material. All tarnish is removed from the mechanism. The body, headjoint, footjoint and all of the keys are thoroughly cleaned and polished. Dents are removed for cosmetic, acoustical and mechanical considerations as needed. Springs are tested and replaced if necessary (spring wire will be an additional cost). The head cork is replaced and adjusted to exacting standards and tested with a tuner. All pads and bumpers are replaced. All mechanisms, including rods, rod screws, pivot screws, rollers and hinge tubes, are cleaned and oiled. Pads are seated to cover with a light touch. Key height and lost motion are regulated to exacting standards. The instrument is then allowed to rest, re-examined for regulation, and thoroughly play-tested. An overhaul can take 2 weeks to complete.

As a professional flutist, Lucian Rinando has the sensitivity to note subtle qualities of your instrument. Careful measurements are made to ensure that your flute returns to you with the same feel and regulation that you are accustomed to. Every note, especially the trill keys, thumb key and lever keys, are tested with a tuner for optimum placement so that your flute has the best possible scale for accurate and effortless pitch. Testing includes orchestral excerpts, etudes, test tones, tonguing, octaves, and dynamic stability.

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