|Same headjoint after repair
Rachel said small dents and dings are not usually a problem. However, if the dent is so big that it is constricting the flow of air, you definitely need to have it repaired. If your headjoint is made from solid precious metals like sterling silver or gold, it should not be a problem to repair. However, if you're headjoint is plated, Rachel says the dent could be removed and "look better but never fully 'disappear'."
So, can all dents be repaired? If the dent is on the headjoint tubing, most of the time, yes. If the dent is on your lip plate, well, unfortunately, that would not be able to be repaired (see previous post on dented lip plates by following this link). If you've dented the tenon, you'll definitely need to call your repair technician and get that fixed right away. Rachel says a dented tenon needs to be repaired so that it will fit into the flute properly and not leak air. Most tenon dents can be repaired. According to Rachel, "If it's a dent, yes. If it's a complete crunch, no..." To read more on how tenon dents are repaired, click the following post titles to read more:
Dented Tenon - Part I
Dented Tenon - Part II
|Repair Technician Rachel Baker removing dent in tenon.