Joy Sears

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Joy SearsJoy Sears, flute repair specialist, flutist and teacher, understands the needs of the most discerning flutist. She studied flute repair with Dr. Eldred Spell and David and Joel Straubinger. Each teacher emphasized the importance of the lightest touch, craftsmanship and attention to detail. She is highly skilled in both the traditional Boston style padding as well as Straubinger padding. Joy was fortunate to work for both Straubinger Flutes and J.L. Smith and Company. Since 1994 she has had the privilege of repairing flutes and giving informative talks at Wildacres. The flute repair classes that have been added at the retreat have been inspiring for flutists of all ages and abilities. She currently has her own flute repair service in Moore, SC.

For a full biography and other information about Joy’s flute repair service, please visit her website at: www.joysears.com.

Joy will be available to work on flutes throughout the week of Wildacres. If you know in advance that you would like to have your flute serviced during that week, please email or call to schedule an appointment.

  

Beginning Flute Repair Class

The purpose of this 5-day course is intended to heighten awareness of problems that may occur on both your own flute and your students' flutes. The course will prepare you to identify leaks and perform basic repairs on student and handmade flutes.

The main objectives of this course are to:

Please remember that no two flutes are alike and that all may not require a simple solution. Not all repairmen use the same procedures or terminology for a specified repair. (I.e. overhaul, repad, COA.)

Materials needed for the class are:

* Joy will offer a screw driver, spring hook, feeler gauge and needle for you to purchase for the cost of $17. Please send an email to Joy if you are interested in purchasing these tools.

Class schedule

Day 1:

Introduction to basic flute repair
Learn parts/terminology of the flute 
Examine flute for obvious signs of damage
HJ cork test - demo on replacing HJ cork
Care and maintenance
Detecting leaks

Day 2:

Hand-outs
How to use the feeler gauge correctly, find and repair leaks in pads.
Disassemble and assemble flute
General cleaning and oiling (Q -tips, tooth picks, polishing cloth)
Demo on bathing flute (cleaning and polishing) 

Day 3:

Repair pad leaks

Day 4:

Repair pad leaks
Demos replacing trill key pads, unpinning, cleaning and oiling mechanism
Hand-outs: terminology and supply companies

Day 5:

Repair pad leaks and adjustment leaks
General oiling, spring tension, repairing pad leaks and fixing adjustments

 

  

Intermediate Flute Repair Class

Some repair experience is necessary prior to taking this class. The purpose of this 5-day course is intended to heighten awareness of problems that may occur on both your own flute and your student's flutes.  This course will prepare you to identify and repair leaks, replace pads, understand mechanical aspects, key heights and installing head joint corks.  We will work in a relaxed atmosphere where you are free to ask questions at any time.

The main objectives of this course are to:

Please remember that no two flutes are alike and that all may not require a simple solution. Not all repairmen use the same procedures or terminology for a specified repair. (I.e. overhaul, repad, COA.)

Materials needed for the class are:

* Joy will offer a screw driver, spring hook, feeler gauge and needle for you to purchase for the cost of $17. Please send an email to Joy if you are interested in purchasing these tools.

Class schedule

Day 1:

Review basic flute repair

  • Screw driver technique
  • Order of disassembling flute
  • Detecting &  marking pad leaks
  • Shimming pads

Bathe and polish flute

Day 2:

Re - pad foot joint
Unpinning, cleaning and oiling mechanism demo and hands - on station.

Day 3:

Re - pad foot joint
Head joint cork installation demo and hands - on station.
Adjustments - paper and screw
Key heights

Day 4:

Continue working and reviewing

Day 5:

Continue working and reviewing

 

Video

 

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