Low Flute COA and Overhaul

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Alto/Bass/Contra COA

A COA (Clean, Oil, Adjust) is considered yearly maintenance that should be done on every flute.d

Every repair begins with a free, exhaustive inspection to determine the best course of action. While we can do our best to discuss the necessary work over the phone with you, we won’t be able to make an exact estimate until we inspect your instrument.​

What We Do

  • Disassemble the keys and clean off the old oil
  • Hand polish all the mechanism, body, and headjoint, removing as much of the tarnish as possible 
  • Inspect the pads for tears and clean them
  • Any torn pads are replaced or reskinned
  • Reassemble the mechanism with fresh oil
  • Check the instrument for pad or adjustment leaks
  • The key height is then adjusted to get rid of any lost motion
  • The headjoint cork is inspected for a tight seal and replaced if necessary
  • Finally, we check the case for wear to insure a proper fit for the safety of the instrument


Pro or Intermediate Alto/Bass COA$475
Alto/Bass Pad Replacement$60/pad
Pro Contra Bass/Contra Alto COA$550
Contra Bass/Contra Alto Pad Replacement$60/pad
COA prices do not include additional body work

Alto/Bass/Contra Overhaul

An Overhaul is required if your flute has been played for 3-10 years, depending on the amount of time played and the frequency of COAs. A professional who plays and teaches 8 hours a day would require an overhaul much more frequently than a hobbyist who plays 30 minutes a week. Past 10 years the pad skins become brittle and tear easily, making repair impossible. 

What We Do

An overhaul includes a COA, repadding, plus the following:

  • All felts and corks are removed 
  • All solder joints are carefully inspected
  • Posts and post facets are checked and realigned
  • Steels are checked for straightness and straightened if needed
  • Steels and pivot screws are fit
  • The mechanism is swedged to remove any side to side play
  • Keys are polished to remove them to a fine lustre and remove minor scratches
  • Normal body dents are removed and the body is machine polished, if requested. This process removes material, which some customers may not want.
  • Springs are inspected
  • ​New felts and corks are glued into place
  • New pads and adjustments are installed
  • Headjoint and foot joint tenons are fit
  • Headjoint cork is replaced


Pro Alto Overhaul$2200
Intermediate Alto Overhaul$1000
Bass Flute Overhaul
*pad replacement or reskin included
Contra Flute Overhaul
*pad reskin included
Additional body work$100/hour
Overhaul prices do not include additional body work