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 Post subject: Musty cork
PostPosted: Thu Jul 23, 2020 5:10 pm 
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Got a new-to-me flute and, when I went to adjust the cork it was quite loose and popped out. It was musty smelling and black with what I assumed to be mildew. Any thoughts on whether/how to clean it or to just put in a new one?

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 Post subject: Re: Musty cork
PostPosted: Thu Jul 23, 2020 5:39 pm 
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I'd replace it. Mildew is tricky and cork is easy to replace. Just check out the youtube videos for clarinet cork replacement. The same steps will do you well. I got some cork off ebay a while ago, and musicmedic.com is also a reliable resource that would likely sell you a kit of everything you need. It won't be expensive.


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 23, 2020 5:57 pm 
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I am thinking you are talking about the head joint cork. They do make them but I have only seen them for Boehm style flutes and I do not believe they are the same diameter. If yours is still one piece you should be able replicate one out of a wine cork. It should be an easy material to work with. I would definitely replace it though.


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 23, 2020 6:23 pm 
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Yeah, I should have clarified that it's the head cork. Now to find someone who doesn't drink wine out of a screw top bottle.

Actually, there's a vineyard a couple of miles down the road.....

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 23, 2020 8:37 pm 
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If it is in the 19mm range, I´ve had good luck getting suitable corks from Tawny Port wine bottles. The kind with a plastic top and attached cork extending into the bottle neck. Double win, a new cork, and a new bottle of wine!
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I have nothing constructive to add to this post, but I think The Musty Cork would be a great name for a pub. :)


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 06, 2020 9:17 pm 
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make a new cork

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 06, 2020 11:59 pm 
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Steve Bliven wrote:
There's a vineyard a couple of miles down the road.....

I never would have guessed there were vineyards in Massachusetts!

an seanduine wrote:
Double win, a new cork, and a new bottle of wine!

Yes indeed!

Returning to topic, musty wouldn't bother me (call me an odd duck if you want, but I like the smell of old books and libraries), but mildew would. As others have said, cork appears to be a consumable, so the existing cork is best replaced.

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