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PostPosted: Fri Mar 13, 2020 11:06 pm 
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I've had this cool old high d flute/fife forever, and finally trying to make it sing again. It's got a long crack that shoots thru the whole head - fortunately not thru the embouchure. The head is unlined, so only working with wood. - no tuning slide.

I have yet to get the crown to budge - any advice there is appreciated. I need to get it off so I can fully clean the head crack. I thought about drilling out the cork with a long spade bit, and poping it out the top, but unsure if that's wise.

I'm mostly done cleaning out the old superglue w/acetone (see photo).

So - assuming I can remove the crown and fully clean the cracks - what would the next steps be?

A. Glue crack shut with superglue and automotive clamps? - or make a jig and glue/clamp closed in a soft vise?

B. Fill remaining crack indent w/superglue mixed with cocus dust?

I don't want to blow it at this point - so hoping someone experienced can advise about this delicate point. BTW - it's hydrated as it lives in the room w/my humidifier.



I'm on it...

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