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My daughter is starting flute in the fall, which I know zero about.
I had a student Bundy flute sitting around for a 'maybe i will mess with this one day' sort of thing.
Now I am faced with a 'does this work ok, do i buy something else, do I rent'...although that is not the question here.

How do i check to see if there are no leaks and it is playable, without bringing to a shop (which is not open at the moment here anyway).
I put light down it (thinking I am smart) but the white pads all 'light up' and i cannot tell if a pad is leaking or not.

Any help appreciated.
 

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My mentor in repair taught me this quick and easy way to make a feeler gauge. You need a couple of wooden match sticks, a single edge razor blade, super glue, a section of cassette tape leader (Kenny G tapes work the best :)), and a push pin. The leader is typically .001" thick which is about right, and the matchstick handle makes it light and easy to use. The technique, which takes a bit of practice, is to insert the feeler at about 1:00 under the pad, close the key very lightly, and pull the feeler part way out feeling the "drag". Repeat at 3:00, 5:00 etc. around the circle. Any spot where the drag is lighter will be where the pad is not seating properly.

Instructions:
Use the razor to make a cut in the match stick about 1/4" long
Cut a 1" length of the leader
Insert the pin to hold the halves of the stick open and insert the leader
Add a drop of superglue and carefully remove the pin
Hold the halves together with a small set of pliers (not your fingers) till the glue sets

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My mentor in repair taught me this quick and easy way to make a feeler gauge. You need a couple of wooden match sticks, a single edge razor blade, super glue, a section of cassette tape leader (Kenny G tapes work the best :)), and a push pin. The leader is typically .001" thick which is about right, and the matchstick handle makes it light and easy to use. The technique, which takes a bit of practice, is to insert the feeler at about 1:00 under the pad, close the key very lightly, and pull the feeler part way out feeling the "drag". Repeat at 3:00, 5:00 etc. around the circle. Any spot where the drag is lighter will be where the pad is not seating properly.

Instructions:
Use the razor to make a cut in the match stick about 1/4" long
Cut a 1" length of the leader
Insert the pin to hold the halves of the stick open and insert the leader
Add a drop of superglue and carefully remove the pin
Hold the halves together with a small set of pliers (not your fingers) till the glue sets

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More accurate than cigarette paper and more convenient.
 
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