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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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I spoke to my flute tech today and he said to soak it in hot water for 5 minutes as a temporary mesure, he will replace the cork. He was surprised and so was I, I've been playing flute for 25 years and this is the first time this has happened.
I dipped it water again and now it's holding.
I have a different tech for my flute and another one for sax/clarinet, the flute one isn't as close by so I don't see him as often. I'll try the teflon tape thing if it happens again before I can see him.
Thanks for the info.
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