Repairs and Maintenance

A Burkart trained craftsman understands your instrument, and is able to protect this investment with routine maintenance over its long life.

To keep your flute or piccolo at peak performance level, it is recommended that a routine Clean, Oil, and Adjust (COA) be performed by an Authorized Burkart Repair Center every 12 to 18 months. A flute or piccolo overhaul can return your instrument to factory standards, and should be considered once an instrument has seen extensive usage over several years.

Please call us at 978-425-4500 or e-mail info@burkart.com to schedule your maintenance.

Please download this insurance form and send along with your instrument.

For owners of Burkart instruments outside of the USA:

Please contact the authorized Burkart representative where you purchased your instrument. If this is not an option for you, Burkart has authorized several agents throughout the world to repair

your Burkart instrument. Please view a list of our authorized dealers for a contact near you.

For owners of Burkart instruments within the USA:

Please download this insurance form and send along with your instrument.

Burkart Factory Repairs, Shirley, MA, (978) 425-4500

Please call the Burkart workshop or e-mail info@burkart.com to discuss your maintenance needs.

The Burkart Repair Center Midwest, (937) 215-4637

Since 2007, Tim Bower, former head of the finishing and repair departments of Burkart Flutes & Piccolos, has owned and operated our primary repair facility “The Burkart Repair Center Midwest” in central Ohio.

The Burkart Repair Center East, (513) 479-4438

Rachel Carlson Simon has worked in the finishing and repair department of Burkart Flute for 6 years and with the repair department of JL Smith for 2 years.

Burkart Factory & Repair Center Services

Effective August 1, 2014
Description ChargeShipping
Warranty Work for Flutes
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FLUTE WARRANTY CHECK is complimentary if instrument is purchased directly from Burkart and work is performed within one year of purchase date

Includes:

  • Removal of dust and fingerprints from body and keys (does not remove tarnish)
  • Re-seat and adjust pads as needed
  • Replace loose or questionable felts and corks
  • Regulate key action
  • Check tenon fit and adjust as needed
  • Check headjoint cork and replace as needed
  • Clean pad skin surface
  • Complete play testing
  • Check fit of instrument in case and re-block as needed
  • Remove dust from case
  • Check latches
  • Replace anti-tarnish strip in case and date
No chargePlus shipping
Warranty Work for Piccolos
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PICCOLO WARRANTY CHECK is complimentary if instrument is purchased directly from Burkart and work is performed within one year of purchase date

Includes:

  • Re-seat and adjust pads as needed
  • Replace loose or questionable felts and corks
  • Regulate key action
  • Check tenon fit and adjust as needed
  • Check headjoint cork and replace as needed
  • Clean pad skin surface
  • Complete play testing
  • Check fit of instrument in case and re-block as needed
  • Remove dust from case
  • Check latches
  • Wipe down finger prints on entire instrument
No chargePlus shipping
Flute Overhaul: Silver Mechanism
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FLUTE OVERHAUL

Includes:

  • Removal of play in all keys, roller, rods
  • Cosmetic repair of dents, scratches
  • Clean inside of all key tubing, posts and bearings.
  • Reassemble with new lubricant
  • External cleaning and machine polish of body parts and keys (removing all tarnish)
  • Replacement of all pads, corks and felts
  • Regulate key action
  • Check tenon fit and adjust as needed
  • Replace headjoint cork
  • Complete play testing
  • Check fit of instrument in case and re-block as needed
  • Remove dust from case
  • Check latches
  • Replace anti-tarnish strip in case and date

Custom fit flute shipping box can be replaced at an additional rate of $30

1725Plus shipping
Flute Overhaul: Gold Mechanism 1900Plus shipping
Flute COA (Clean, Oil, Adjust)
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FLUTE CLEAN, OIL AND ADJUST

Includes:

  • Removal of dust and fingerprints from body and keys (does not remove tarnish)
  • Clean inside of all key tubing, posts and bearings.
  • Reassemble with new lubricant
  • Adjust play in trill, right hand and left hand rods
  • Re-seat and adjust pads as needed
  • Replace loose or questionable felts and corks
  • Regulate key action
  • Check tenon fit and adjust as needed
  • Check headjoint cork and replace as needed
  • Clean pad skin surface
  • Complete play testing
  • Check fit of instrument in case and re-block as needed
  • Remove dust from case
  • Check latches

At players discretion:

  • Torn pads will be replaced at an additional rate of $35 per pad
  • Custom fit flute shipping box can be replaced at an additional rate of $30
495Plus shipping
Flute Repad (Includes COA)980Plus shipping
Piccolo Overhaul
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PICCOLO OVERHAUL

Includes:

  • Removal of play in all keys, roller, rods
  • Cosmetic repair of dents, scratches
  • Clean inside of all key tubing, posts and bearing
  • Reassemble with new lubricant
  • External cleaning and machine polish of body parts and keys
    (removing all tarnish)
  • Replacement of all pads, corks and felts
  • Regulate key action
  • Check tenon fit and adjust as needed
  • Replace headjoint cork
  • Complete play testing
  • Check fit of instrument in case and re-block as needed
  • Remove dust from case
  • Check latches
  • Wipe down finger prints on entire instrument

Custom fit piccolo shipping box can be replaced at an
additional rate of $25

1125Plus shipping
Piccolo COA (Clean, Oil, Adjust)
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PICCOLO CLEAN, OIL AND ADJUST

Includes:

  • Removal of dust and fingerprints from body and keys (does not remove tarnish)
  • Clean inside of all key tubing, posts and bearings.
  • Reassemble with new lubricant
  • Adjust play in trill, right hand and left hand rods
  • Re-seat and adjust pads as needed
  • Replace loose or questionable felts and corks
  • Regulate key action
  • Check tenon fit and adjust as needed
  • Check headjoint cork and replace as needed
  • Clean pad skin surface
  • Complete play testing
  • Check fit of instrument in case and re-block as needed
  • Remove dust from case
  • Check latches

At players discretion:

  • Torn pads will be replaced at an additional rate of $20 per pad
  • Custom fit piccolo shipping box can be replaced at an additional rate of $25
385Plus shipping
Elite Piccolo Repad (Includes COA)600Plus shipping
Professional Piccolo Repad (Includes COA)520Plus shipping
Hourly Rate90Plus shipping
Minimum Bench Fee45Plus shipping
Headjoint Sleeve, for fitting a .012" headjoint to a .016" flute 400Plus shipping
  • Shipping is not included in any warranty or maintenance services.
  • For all services, shipping charges to and from the Burkart workshop or the Burkart Repair Center must be paid for by the owner.
  • For all services, insurance charges from Burkart workshop or the Burkart Repair Center must be paid for by the owner.
  • You must file a waiver with us to avoid these insurance charges.

Headjoint Fittings

We are pleased to provide headjoint fitting by our expert technicians. You are welcome to send your headjoint to the Burkart workshop or the Burkart Authorized Repair center. We do our best to provide very rapid turnaround on all headjoint fits. Kindly schedule your flute’s arrival with us to avoid delays.

Fitting your new Burkart headjoint to your flute (a Burkart flute or your own older model instrument) is normally an included service. However, if your headjoint is of a different material than your flute, that is, you are matching a gold or platinum headjoint onto a silver flute, there may be extra charges and extra time involved. Please remember that fitting the headjoint ends the exchange period. Please do not fit your headjoint if you still are within your six month exchange period and are not completely satisfied with your headjoint selection.

As with all of our repairs, the player is always responsible for the return shipping and insurance. If you already have insurance on your flute, please download the insurance form from the link below, and send that in with your instrument.

Please download this insurance form and contact us to schedule your headjoint fit.