When you first set sight on your new flute it was shiny shiny shiny, wasn’t it? Take a look at it now. What happened?
It’s okay. No panic. I’ll help you.
Leaving it out in the air causes a big problem for the silver.
First, put your flute away in its case each and every single day (including night time). I understand that you may like to keep it out so that you can practice off and on, but leaving it out in the air causes a big problem for the silver.
I recently took a walk-about Europe, and on my travels I met a sweet family who had a flute sitting on their piano. I was curious to how it would sound and they encouraged me to play for them. Wellllll…. I was pretty skeptical since it was brown, brown with tarnish creep all over it. I played it some, and it actually responded about 40% of what a new flute would have. Not my favorite.
I wish I had spent some time teaching them how to properly care for their flute. They probably would have enjoyed many more years with it. At this rate though, it’ll be dead by Christmas. The tarnish will eventually “rust” the mechanism and it’ll freeze up, and the pads will dry completely up.
Care for your flute like you would care for silverware.
Did your grandmother have a case of “real silverware”? Mine did, and we still have it. It’s full of shiny, beautiful forks, spoons, and knives. About once or twice a year my mom replaces a “Silver Saver” paper inside the chest. This got me to thinking a few years ago… we need to keep these “Silver Saver” paper in our flute cases!
Many brand new flutes will actually come with a Silver Saver paper in the case, but so many people don’t know what it’s for so they quickly throw it away as if it’s some sort of wrapping thats meant to be discarded immediately after purchase. Not so!
Here’s a picture of a popular Silver Saver paper you can find on Amazon- easily and painlessly delivered right to your front door by tomorrow afternoon. (if you live in the US)
Here’s what you do:
1. Order your Anti-Tarnish Strips HERE (or find them somewhere else)
2. When they arrive, keep them in an airtight package/ziplock type bag.
3. Place one inside your flute case- right on top of the flute itself.
4. Replace it every 6 – 9 months.
Voila! It’s that easy.
*You still have to clean and wipe off your flute after playing it because of all the oils and spit etc. But this will help SO SO SO much!
I’m so happy you are interested in keeping your flute in great condition. Following my tips and lessons will make you into a flute pro!
Does your flute need special help? Leave a comment below.