Ellen Ramsey Flute Service
Ellen Ramsey Flute Service

Services and Fees:  Repairs are no longer being offered


Ellen has been doing woodwind repairs since 1989 and is Straubinger Certified (1995) Completed Vermont Flute Guild Overhaul & Mechanical Certificate 1996 with Jon Landell and has continued to train with David Straubinger, Steven Finley and every customer whose individual unique playing needs provides a learning experience.

The demand for repair is great. Please plan ahead for COA work or before important performances/auditions to avoid emergency rates. We are currently looking for an experienced Certified repair tech but until then, we have long wait times and currently are not doing overhaul work.


Rental instruments are available while yours is in for repair. Check Rental tab for rates.


Flute Clean, Oil, and Adjust (COA)


Recommended yearly for Custom professional models and 1-2 years for intermediate flutes. Complete disassembly, mechanism cleaned/oiled and fittings checked. Body and head cleaned, body is hand polished which preserves the finish and protects from tarnish which helps your pads last longer. tuning cork checked and replaced as needed.  Pads adjusted for leaks and replaced as needed. Tenons are fitted or checked. Spring tension is balanced per your preference. Fitting worn keys is extra.                             

One month adjustment warranty.

Approximately 1- 2 weeks to complete.


  • From $395.00     Expect approximately $45 extra time per pad replacement on average.      Pads and head cork cost extra. 




A partial COA minus the full polishing and full mechanism disassembly.This is a perfect service for intermediate flutes as their key work tolerances aren't as close and will go longer between full mechanical cleaning. The body is cleaned in an ultra-sonic cleaner and dipped in precious metal cleaner/tarnish remover.Pads are cleaned and adjusted/shimmed and the mechanism is regulated, springs are balanced, tenons fitted it loose, head cork checked/replaced. Cost depends on the condition of the instrument and extra work for pads replaced. Approximately one week to complete. Pads replacement extra cost (Approx $45 each) A new pad takes time to properly set up and seal.  


From $150 


Flute Overhaul Straubinger Pads (OH)


A COA is performed, keys fit and adjusted, solderjoints checked, tenons fit. All is hand and machine polished. ( Dents and cosmetic repairs are extra) Pads are replaced. Tuning cork, key felts and corks are replaced.  Thoroughly play tested. 3 month adjustment warranty. Approximately 3 weeks to complete.


  • From $1,495  plus cost of Straubinger pads and parts.


Piccolo Clean, Oil, and Adjust ( COA) 


Completely disassembled, mechanism cleaned and oiled and fittings checked. Body and head cleaned and wood conditioned. (oiled with organic proprietary bore oil) Pads are adjusted and replaced as needed. ( extra cost) Thoroughly adjusted and play tested. Approximately 1- 2 weeks to complete.


  • From $295 Intermediate models and $395 Professional models

Due to time constraints we are no longer offering overhauls on Piccolos.


Labor Rate:

  • $95 per hour
  • $50 minimum
  • $125/hr  Emergency rate for repairs with less than 24 hrs notice (no warranty on emergency work)


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