Luckily, the problem was easy enough to solve. Rachel knew after a few manual diagnostics that the key tubing was bent, so she shared the remedy with us. She said the way to correct the bend is to run the steel through the key mech tubing, applying pressure very carefully against the bend in the opposite direction. These are all very small tubes, so the pressure really must be applied carefully -- just the right amount in the right spot with the right technique. She mentioned that it does take time to learn how to do this properly and effectively. With a couple of runs of the steel through the tube, applying the appropriate pressure, Rachel was able to fix the bent tube. She showed us the steel running smoothly thought the tube, and she reattached the key. Proper vertical motion was restored, and the flute was much happier! But, how does the key tubing get bent? Well, there could be a couple of reasons, including normal wear-and-tear. Another culprit could be a case that does not fit the flute securely -- which is something we will talk about in our next post. Stay tuned...
|Running pipe cleaner through and feeling a snag|
|Rounding out tube with a steel|
|Putting key back on to test|
|Not quite right -- disassembling for more rounding|
|Putting everything back|
|Key on, motion tested, and good to go|