We caught up with flute finisher Karl Kornfeld this week after he completed quite an amazing transformation on flute that had been left alone, unplayed, and badly tarnished. As you can see in the photo above, he was able to transform this flute back to its original beauty.
So, how did he do this? Well, he had the chance to document the process in a series of photos which you will see below. It's not the same flute as above, but it was one that was tarnished nonetheless...
|Keys must be removed.|
|Footjoint goes into the ultrasonic cleaner first.|
|Footjoint after the ultrasonic cleaning.|
|Footjoint is dipped in an acidic solution to remove the tarnish. After this, it goes through the ultrasonic cleaner again.|
|Polish is applied.|
|Polishing keys with a "tarnish ragging cloth."|
|"Tarnishield" is applied to body.|
|"Tarnishield" is applied to keys.|
|Keys are ready!|
|Everything is reassembled, and the tarnish is gone!|