Okay I have had my flute for about 8 years now, and have never needed ANY kind of repair. Never have gotten the pad replaced. But, and this has been going on for quite a while now, when I play my middle Eb, it vibrates. Only on that note. I have never had any sort of problem with it until about December. I asked my band teacher about it and we narrowed it down to the second pinkie keys. We are not sure which key it is, or if something on the joint is loose. Any advise?
[[ And I have tried rotating the head joint around, so I know it is not a problem with the position of my mouth. ]]
There are several possibilities, but it sounds like it might be a screw that is slightly loose. If that's the case, the screw itself can vibrate or a key related to the screw can vibrate. Another possibility is that a pad skin is slightly torn and that could also make a vibrating sound as air passes by the torn area.
Funny thing about sound waves is that they can cause objects to vibrate with certain pitches. That's called sympathetic vibration.
Now you might be tempted to grab a screwdriver and start trying to tighten every screw on your flute - DON'T! Take it to a repair technician. Should be a simple fix and they might be able to find it and fix it on the spot.
The reason I said don't try to tighten the screws yourself is that some screws are for adjustments and if you don't know which is which, you could make your flute unplayable and make a fairly simple problem a lot worse by causing other keys to not close properly and leak.
I know that it not a one of the pads. I did take it in to get the pads replaced, and the tec. said that the pads were fine. And I have never oiled it. And I can give that a try. But I planed on takeing this in on my spring break becuase I need it for school. My teacher may fail me if I don't play. But thanks for tips and help guys!
8 years is nothing. I have that beat. My flute turned 28 at Christmastime (a present from my daddy when I was 13). I just took it for the first time to the repair shop. It needed one pad and a spring was shot on the foot joint. It's an Artley...go figure. The repair guy couldn't believe the good shape it is in and how nicely it plays. I played it through 8th grade band and high school band, and for casual playing throughout the years since. I'll probably let my 10 year old daughter start learning on it.