Music books and sheets of music should not be stored in instrument cases (unless there is
a specific compartment). It can damage the mechanism.
Instrument cases should be secure and in good condition. Clasps, hinges and handles may be
oiled occasionally to prolong effective operation.
Cases in poor condition should be repaired or replaced.
Loose objects in the case should be kept to a minimum. Severe damage can be incurred when
objects (e.g.cleaning rods, sheets of music, oversized handkerchiefs, pencils etc) are
compressed against an instrument body when closing the case lid. If you have a handkerchief
in your case, make sure it isn't too big making the case difficult to close. Sometimes there
isn't room in a case for such things so leave them out!
CLEANING - body
Polish should not be applied.
Instrument bodies that are dusty can be brushed down using a previously unused 2"
paint brush. (Care should be taken not to dislodge springs).
Silver plated fluTes may be cleaned using a silver polishing cloth. These are impregnated
with an anti-tarnish agent. Polish should not be used
bore (Inside the instrument)
Instruments should be swabbed out after use with a lint-free cloth using the cleaning rod.
Push one corner through the 'eye' of the rod and twist the remaining cloth around the rod.
Insert the rod turning it so that the cloth stays on the rod.
If using a pullthrough ensure new pullthroughs are unfolded fully.
Fluffy wire brushes leave material deposits in the bore and on the surface of pads.
Mechanism should be cleaned after use using a clean lint-free cloth.
Silver plated keywork may be cleaned using a silver polishing cloth. These are
impregnated with an anti-tarnish agent. Polish should not be used.
When cleaning a sticky pad, make sure that the pad surface is dry using cigarette papers or
Yamaha cleaning paper. N.B. Do not pull the paper
Yamaha powder papers can be used to prevent pads from sticking. Apply light pressure to the
pad as the paper is pulled through. Puff or blow away excess powder. Graphite may be
applied to flute tone hole surfaces as an alternative to help to cure sticking pads.
OILING - mechanism
It is necessary for instrument mechanisms to be oiled like any other machinery. It is usual to
have this done by your repairer as part of an annual service.
I would not recommend students to apply oil themselves as some oils can rot corks, cause
glued parts to become unstuck and react with some cork greases to solidify.