What’s in the bag? Well, as you can see from the photo, she has a nice assortment of items that are handy for fixing small issues with student flutes. So, let’s take a look at the items and their uses…
- Band Aids – These are for the teacher and the students! Students may need them from time to time. However, when it comes to doing repairs, if you get scratched or poked with springs and screws, these are quite helpful.
- Chapstick – Chapstick is great for cleaning piccolo corks and keeping them moisturized.
- Cigarette paper – Great for cleaning pads, but it can also be used for making slight adjustments (small pieces would need to be cut).
- Small pair of scissors – Great for cutting small pieces of the cigarette paper above, Teflon tape, and other purposes as needed.
- Spring hook/screwdriver multi tool – Springs are bound to come unhooked, and screws will come unscrewed. This handy mini-tool is a must-have. You can find it at many flute shops or online at http://www.upperoctave.com/index.php?UID=13708485105165be5dbbfef&Cat=4&Item=37.
- Tweezers – Tweezers and flute repair go hand-in-hand, because everything is very small! These are great for picking up bits of adjustment papers and corks, as well as any other small items.
- Teflon tape – A great substitution for a tenon cork in a pinch, and also very handy in fitting headjoints and footjoints temporarily.
- Pipe cleaners – Great for cleaning in between keys and even the inside of mechanism tubing.
- Sharpie marker – Helpful in pointing out anything that really needs attention – especially to show your student what may need to be fixed (i.e. – circling dents). Sharpie marker also comes off easily with alcohol.
- Cigarette lighter – Good for heating floated pads when they need to be re-seated.
- Nail polish – Slight marks can be used to help students properly align the headjoint, body, and footjoint.
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