Dear Flutists and teachers,
From time to time on our flute discussion groups we receive requests from well-meaning do-it-yourselfers about repairing old "found in closet" flutes.
Well, finally, there's a resource online which shows exactly how this is done.
By looking at this 6.5 MB pdf manual, you can clearly see.....
.....that there's no way in fluteland that you'd ever want to try and repair your own flute!!!
It takes so many years of experience, so much training, and so many specialized tools that only a crazy person would even attempt to take a tiny screwdriver to one of the tiny screws.
You would seriously have to have a tiny screw loose.
(I'm laughing but I'm serious!)
So help yourself to a free download of this manual with its incredible pictures of everything, and just say NO to trying it at home. :>)
Then pick up a phone and find the most experienced flute technician in your area, and let them do the work for you.
It will take mere minutes instead of horrible decades, and you will actually be able to play the flute very very easily when you get it back from the repair shop.
Enjoy the pictures in the pdf manual though.
I don't know how much longer the manual will be online for free.