|Swabs get stuck when they become "bunched up."
So, what is the solution? Rachel sternly told us, "Do not force it. Bring it to a repair technician. Even I brought my oboe in to a repair tech early in my career when the swab was stuck." Whew. This is obviously a serious issue with the potential to cause serious damage to your instrument if you try to remedy this yourself -- so don't chance it! Also, try to make sure, ALWAYS, that you are swabbing your piccolo correctly. Need some additional instructions? Check out an earlier post on this blog where Rachel shows us how to properly swab at piccolo: http://www.repairmyflute.com/2012/05/stuck-swab.html.