A C.O.A. (also known as a clean oil and adjust) is
the most important service for keeping your flute in top playing
condition. It is recommended that you get your flute serviced once a year.
Getting your flute serviced will make it possible for it to function optimally.
Over the course of a typical year, just as brake pads and tires on a car
gradually wear, so do pads on a flute gradually wear and should be checked, and
the regulation of keys may need a "tune up". The headjoint cork
may dry out causing the headjoint cork to not seal tightly, in turn causing a
leak. The amount of play time will also break down the oil used to lubricate
the key mechanism.
Having your flute serviced annually will ensure that it will play well and lessen the chance of major repairs needed on your flute in the future.
A basic clean, oil and adjust includes coverage, regulation and lost motion adjustments, setting of key venting heights and balancing spring tension, check of mechanism for freedom of action and for excess side play and slop. Pads, corks, felts and springs replaced as needed [extra charge]. All flutes are disassembled for cleaning.