Calendar Past Events – Flute Essentials

Calendar Past Events

21 Feb 2018 - Woodwind Maintenance Workshop

Thanks to everyone who participated in our first woodwind maintenance workshop!

The night was a great success. We took an anonymous survey and received a lot of really positive feedback. Here's what they had to say:

“I gained a couple of new insights such as I now have confidence to make a few adjustments I was afraid to make before, and I have a clearer idea of when to default to going straight to the repairer without fiddling.”


“Very reasonable [price] for 2.5 hours plus valuable resources and expert advice”


“Perfect”


“It was excellent… thoroughly enjoyed it and learnt a lot. Thank you. I will look forward to another seminar”


“Loved having some take home sheets so I can check out details in a month again to remind me”


“For the length and the content covered it was very good value”


“I really appreciated the list of ‘tools’ to keep handy!”


The night was rated 9.5 out of 10, with the biggest downfall being not enough hands-on stuff. We’ll attend to that at the next one coming up in April. Look out for it!

As a side-note, our next workshop is completely hands-on and we'll be working on flutes. 21st March.

Hope to see you there!   


21 March 2018 - Flute Hands-On Workshop

Despite the lack of photos, the half-day flute workshop worked out to be an informative and enjoyable event.

The best thing is, the content and its relevance scored...

10 out of 10!

Our biggest faux pas for a workshop event...


No photos!!

So, what happened at the workshop?

Participants learned how to disassemble/reassemble a flute, when to use the adjusting screws, how to diagnose leaks, remove pads and do basic shimming.

We also talked about quick-fixes, as well as which repairs can be done out of the workshop, and which ones can't.

And what are the best ways to lower your costs for servicing every year?  We had an in depth discussion about how to care for flutes, so that you can get long life from the pads, corks and felts. It also keeps the flute working better in between services!

The day was a great success. We took a survey from this workshop, too,  and received some great feedback. Here are some of the comments:

“The workshop was very thorough.”

“Yes, I can take the flute apart and put it back together again, making it work better than before.  Main thing was picking up confidence, and confirmation of the correct ways of making adjustments.”

“Every aspect that was covered was relevant, instructed well and shown at a pace that suited the audience.”

“The tool kit was a great help.”

“It was a perfectly run program. Thank you!”

“Everything was covered.  If repairs need real expert attention…  send it to Drew!”

The workshop was rated 10 out of 10!  This score was for thoroughness of the content, and how relevant the content was for your needs.

Our next workshops are coming up on Monday 16th April.  There are 2 of them:

Clarinet Hands-On Workshop (click here). 9am-1:30pm
Woodwind Workshop (click here). 2:30pm-5pm

Hope to see you there!   


Mar 21, 2018

Flute Hands-On Workshop

The workshop will involve hands-on activities to help you diagnose real-life problems with flutes and equip you with the knowledge for some very basic repairs that you can do yourself. In most cases this should help you to troubleshoot problems until you can visit your local technician.

What you will learn:
    • How to test for leaks on a flute
    • Various reasons for leaks in flutes
    • How to disassemble and reassemble keys on a flute
    • How to use the flute’s adjusting screws...        Read More


Apr 16, 2018

Clarinet Hands-On Workshop

The workshop will involve hands-on activities to help you diagnose real-life problems with clarinets and equip you with the knowledge for some very basic repairs that you can do yourself. In most cases this should help you to troubleshoot problems until you can visit your local technician.

What you will learn:
    • How to test for leaks on a clarinet
    • Why pads begin leaking
    • How to disassemble and reassemble keys on a clarinet
    • Why keys go out of adjustment and how...        Read More


Apr 16, 2018

Woodwind Maintenance Workshop

This will be an information workshop designed to educate and encourage discussion of general day-to-day maintenance of woodwinds instruments that should be followed by every woodwind player.
What you will learn:

  • What are the biggest causes of maintenance costs and how you can reduce them
  • Ways you can get more from your music budget by following specific care procedures
  • How the seasons and weather .....      Read More