I have seen flutes last anywhere from four to thirteen years with consistent playing before needing overhauls. Piccolos tend to last longer between overhauls. For an overhaul I install new pads, thoroughly clean and adjust all mechanisms, clean the body, oil the wood, replace and adjust all corks and felts, replace springs as required, do simple soldering work and dent removal, hand polish, machine polish only heavily scratched instruments, and play test the instrument. I will not automatically machine buff instruments unless required or requested. If you have scratches to remove, please point these out.
For a beginner’s instrument, I will need it for a week. For an intermediate or professional flute, I will need it for two weeks. Prices are listed here. Major mechanical or body work or special requests for buffing and spring replacement may result in extra cost.