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PostPosted: Wed Feb 17, 2021 1:11 am 
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Hi,
I recently noticed that two keys of my flute (g# and short f) are missing cork bumpers. Do you think the maker actually forgot about them and is it bad for the wood if they keep missing? I think the blocks for the keys are a bit short and I can hardly see how especially the short f key could open up enough if it had a cork bumper. And I think even now the short f key produces a noticable weaker f than the long f key.

I plan on sending the flute maker a mail but would like to get some third party opinion first.

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 17, 2021 5:41 am 
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If the key is technically constructed to not hit the wood of the flute when you use it, I guess a maker will not use a cork then. But I don't have a keyed wooden flute, only a boehm flute and not all keys on that one have corks -- like the trill keys for example that never touch the flute body when used.


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Construction varies according to the maker. If sprung correctly, the keys should not touch the wood, so no bumper (on either the key, or cork dot embedded in the wood) would be needed.

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 17, 2021 2:03 pm 
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thanks for the replies so far!
The flute is a block mounted one and both keys are definitely touching the wood..


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 17, 2021 7:03 pm 
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If your flute is from a living maker ask them. I am sure they would be able to tell you their intent. And don't be shy if you got it used. Most makers will be glad to advise you.

Making a bumper is very easy. Cork can be sliced from the inside of a wine bottle cork or you can pick up strips intended for re-corking tenons online if you don't need anything too thick. You can get clean cork at craft suppliers. It used to be something you could pick up at the hardware store, but I don't know if they will still have that on hand.

When I needed to add a bit to a key I used a razor blade to shape it and contact cement. Depending on the key there may be some shaping and beveling you'd want to do. I am sure there are makers or repairers here who can give you great advice.

And if you hate the idea of doing it yourself, the maker is half way around the world and you have a band instrument repairer nearby, this is something a decent clarinet or oboe tech could figure out. Good Luck!


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