Flute and Piccolo Maintenance

Last Update: 04/06/2013

Caring for Wooden Body Piccolos
Yamaha wooden piccolos are made of grenadilla wood, a material more susceptible than plastic to changes in climate. Sudden shifts in temperature and/or humidity cause subtle changes in wooden instruments, potentially causing the body to crack or joints to swell. The following care is recommended to extend the life and maintain the quality of your piccolo.
 
Take extra care to prevent exposure to sudden changes in temperature and humidity. Avoid direct, extended exposure to:
• Sunlight            • Rain            • Heaters            • Air Conditioners
 
Remove all moisture after you have finished playing.
 
Refer to Caring for the Interior of your Flute or Piccolo for detailed instructions.
 
Assembling Your Flute or Piccolo
Assemble, tune, clean and lubricate your instrument for the first time under the guidance of your teacher.
 
Applying Cork Grease to Piccolo Only
A thin coat of cork grease (YAC 1010P) on piccolo tenon corks just prior to assembly promotes an easy, proper fit of joints and extends cork life. Do not use cork grease on flute tenons.
 
Assembly

 

• Taking care not to apply pressure to the main body keys, attach the foot to the body with a gentle twisting motion.

 

• Attach the headjoint in the same manner, using the marks on each joint as a guide.
 

Tuning Your Flute or Piccolo

 
• Pitch is affected by temperature, so warm up the instrument before playing by blowing air through it.
• To tune, pull headjoint slightly away from the body. The length you pull the headjoint out depends on individual preference and method of playing.
 
Caring for the Interior of Your Flute or Piccolo
 
Cleaning the Body and Pads
• Insert the corner of a clean cotton cloth through the small hole at the top of the cleaning rod. Wrap cloth around the rod (YAC 1660P - piccolo; YAC 1661P - flute), making sure no metal parts are exposed.
• Insert gently into foot (for flute), body and head-joints individually, and twist.
• When drying a pad, insert cleaning paper (YAC 1095P) between it and the tone hole and press down lightly, carefully pulling the paper away.
 
Caring for the Exterior of Your Flute or Piccolo 

 

• For daily care, wipe the entire length of the body with a polishing cloth (YAC 1099P), being careful not to apply pressure to the keys. Wipe down the keys, taking care not to scratch them or damage the pads.

 

• Silver-plated instruments should be polished using a specially treated cloth (YAC 1096P).
 
Cleaning 
Use a tone hole cleaner (YAC 1049P) to clean the space under and between the keys.
 
Storing the Instrument
The case should always be used for storing the instrument after playing and for transporting. Be sure to remove the reed and store it properly. Do not put anything in the case that could place pressure on the instrument.
YPC, YFL
To keep your instrument in optimum playing condition, have it cleaned and inspected by a qualified repair technician annually.

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