For the Love of the Flute
- Professional Flöten und Piccolo Service.
- High quality repairs, general overhauls and modifications at the highest quality level!
- Your perfect partner for all topics related to the subject of the flute
- Certified SANKYO-repairer
- Certified STRAUBINGER-repairer
Your flute in good hands.
The repair service is intended to fix current problems (minor adjustments, damaged pads, bent mechanisms).
You have an urgent concert or an important rehearsal and your flute is not working properly? Then we help you with a short-term repair to manage this and bridge the time until the next COA service or the next general overhaul.
COA - en. for 'Clean Oil Adjust' - is so to speak the 'small inspection' for your flute. Carried out annually, the COA service always allows you to make music reliably and carefree.
General overhaul Flute
The general overhaul or reconditioning is the 'major inspection' for your flute. The instrument is totally cleaned, worn out mechanisms are tightened and all wearing parts are replaced. Finally, your flute will play at least as good as new and will sparkle again in its full brilliance. Your flute will then play at least as good as new and will shine again in its full glory.
Various types of pads are available for professional flutes.
General overhaul Piccolo
I love to tease the best out of a piccolo flute. It's always amazing how much hidden potential can be uncovered in many of these little beauties if you just stay persistent enough. The first principle here: no compromises!
While the felt pads have been well proven by student and intermediate piccolos, my clear recommendation for all professional piccolos are the Straubinger pads.
Modifications / Conversions / Customizing
You love your instrument, but there is a technical detail missing to satisfy you entirely?
You love the modern flute sound, but as an open G# player you don't find the right instrument?
You have a motoric limitation that makes it difficult to play the flute?
Let's talk about it and find the best solution for you together.
General consulting and purchase of new equipment
Do you need basic advice, would you like to have the condition of your instrument checked or would you like to buy a new flute?
Book a free consulting appointment.
I always have an extensive selection of student and intermediate flutes in stock, ranging from 500€ -3.000€. We would be happy to arrange a non-binding test appointment or a trial shipment.
In the field of professional flutes I am happy to advise you and try to find the right instrument for you together with you.
My deepest passion belongs to the flutes. If our capacities allow it, I will gladly take care of your clarinet as well. Please contact me anytime. For other wind instruments I can refer you confidently to the following competent colleagues:
How we work
The satisfaction of the musicians is always our first priority. Michael Dürk knows their little everyday worries and problems from his own experience and can therefore always communicate at eye level.
After you have made an appointment, you hand over your instrument to us personally or by parcel service.
I check the condition of the instrument. We will consult about the work we are going to do for you and arrange a date for pickup or shipping.
The COA service needs about 1 week, the general overhaul about 3-4 weeks until completion. During vacations, especially in summer, experience has shown that a slightly longer processing time can be expected.
What is a COA service?
COA-Service (Clean-Oil-Adjust) typically includes complete disassembly of the instrument. The body is completely cleaned, the mechanism - as far as possible without damaging the pads and felts- is hand polished and new oil applied. The head joint cork is replaced unless otherwise specified. All key felts/corks are assessed for wear and replaced only as needed.
The existing pads are readjusted as required and the flute is extensively tested for response.
The exchange of individual pads is possible (if reasonable) for an additional charge.
* Instruments that have not had a full COA service for 3 years or more may require increased labor and/or cleaning, which may result in additional costs. Please take this into account when you see the prices listed below.
What is a general overhaul?
A General Overhaul includes the complete disassembly and reconditioning of the instrument.
All pads, regulation material and felts etc. are removed. The instrument is completely cleaned*, and lightly hand polished (unless otherwise requested). The mechanism is refit to remove lateral and axial movement, hinge rods/steels are cleaned to remove any scratches or rust. Pins are checked and replaced as needed
All stabilizers (if used), pads, shims, regulation material, kicker material, etc. are competent installed before the instrument is played for several hours and readjusted again and again so that the new materials settle.
* Wooden bodies and head joints are oiled
Michael Dürk - Owner
As the company's founder and owner, Michael is the face and the heart of the company. With his name, he personally stands for the high quality of all services that are provided. Nothing leaves the workshop without meeting his highest standards. This always follows the company maxim: For the love of the flute!
Talitha Glinka - Co-Worker
Talitha has been part of the team since 2019. Besides cleaning the instruments and their components, she helps out in the office and in the shipping department when needed. Furthermore, she is always refreshingly involved in social media work. A first class all-round talent!
Is it worthwhile to repair my flute?
For all handcrafted instruments every repair is worthwhile.
For student and intermediate flutes, excellent results can often be achieved with a COA service. If a general overhaul is necessary, we discuss in detail what is technically feasible and what is economically reasonable. For this purpose, I have to inspect the instrument in order to be able to seriously assess which options are possible from the current condition of the instrument. This assessment is always free of charge and without obligation.
Can I send my flute by parcel service?
You are not from the Rhein/Main area? No problem ! We receive repairs from all over Germany and the surrounding countries! If you consider a few points, you can easily send your flute as a parcel. See the corresponding information.
How much is a new Flute?
In the sector of student and intermediate flutes there are instruments made of nickel silver from about 500€ to 1.000€. Flutes with a silver headjoint are between 1.000 and 1.800€. For flutes with a silver tube the prices are about 2.000-3.000€.
Professional handcrafted flutes vary greatly in price depending on the material and features. As a silver head version starting at about 2.500€, the price and sound quality can be increased by using different silver and gold alloys. The most expensive flute I have ever had in my hands was a 24K full gold flute for 125.000€. at that time.
Why do you only work on flutes?
Do you have another Question?
"I provide and preserve the joy of playing you need to be fully focused on the music. To achieve this target, we always treat your instrument as lovingly and highly professional as if it were my own."
Why you should choose us
Customer satisfaction guarantee
The satisfaction of the musicians is always our first priority.
I treat each instrument as if it were my own and I am not satisfied until you are. Your COA service comes with a 6 month warranty and your general overhaul with a 12 month warranty. If, against expectation, readjustments are necessary within this period, they will of course be handled free of charge.
We not only demand the highest standards of our own work, but also of the quality of the materials we use. We use exclusively high-quality pads, felts, corks and various synthetic materials, etc. We also work with about half a dozen different lubricants and greases. Here we decide individually which special material and which lubricant is best for which instrument and at which spot of the mechanism.
We mainly work with all-inclusive prices, which you can check when you book your appointment. If we have to deviate from this for valid reasons, we will discuss this with you before we start work, so that you always know what the costs will be. You will also receive a binding price information in advance for services that are charged by the hour. Please note that all listed prices are net prices, which do not include VAT and possible shipping costs.
Details about the different pads
In this video you will get more information about the pads used for the general overhaul of your flute.
You are not from the Rhine/Main area or can't bring your instrument personally? No problem! We receive repairs from all over Germany and the surrounding countries!
Sending your beloved instrument can trigger a queasy feeling in musicians
Here are some instructions to make the process a little easier and give you a good feeling!
Plan your appointment and take a moment to download, fill out and print out our shipping form to add it to your instrument. The form can be filled out with any PDF viewer or alternatively by hand.
Please remove pens, cleaning cloths and other loose accessories from the case before shipping. You are welcome to leave the cleaning rod with your instrument when it is safely placed.
Check whether the instrument parts are not too loose in the case. If the instrument wobbles sideways, you can fold and place some paper, tissue handkerchief, etc. to minimize "wobbling".
The optimal shipping box
Use the smallest possible box size to match your case.
Around the case there should be enough space (approx. 5 cm) for protective packaging material. The case should be well fixed and have little room to move.
If you are re-using an old box, remove all old shipping labels or cover them with an overlay.
Instrument insurance is recommended for every musician with an instrument over 1000€. In Germany there are several companies to choose from. Depending on whether and what insurance you have, please make sure that the shipping / transport is sufficiently insured.
Always use a shipping service where you will receive a receipt and the package can be tracked.
If you want Michael Dürk Fluteservice to organize your insured shipping (and charge you for it), please provide the following information: Full name, postal address, telephone number, e-mail address as well as the approximate height / width / length and the exact weight of the package.
You want to have a saxophone, an oboe, a bassoon or a brass instrument serviced?
We only service and modify flutes. I can recommend the following colleagues for your instrument:
Brass instruments & others
Details zu verwendeten Polstersorten
In this video you will get more information about the pads used for the general overhaul of your flute.