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loose cork stopper

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I had the cork stopper in my headjoint replaced less than a year ago and this summer it came loose. I moistened it a bit with water and put it back in, that seemed to work for a while, the cork absorbed the humidity and swelled but now it's loose again.
Does anyone know of a way to keep it from drying out again? I'm thinking maybe cork grease.
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If for whatever reason you can't get a new cork, I find that wrapping the cork with plumber's teflon tape works well. It seals well yet it can still slide back and forth for adjustment like a new cork. I did this to my first flute, an old student Artley from the 1970s, about 5 years ago and it still plays just fine.
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