|Preparing shims before the play-in|
Karl had just finished the flute from a mechanical perspective. He had all the mechanism work completed, finished padding, and was now going through to make small adjustments for the "play in." Theoretically, once all the "parts" are built onto the flute, and if all the steps are followed properly, it should work perfectly, right? Well, in theory, that is correct, but there may be some slight adjustments necessary for it to be comfortable and ready for the "play-in." So, before it goes over to a professional for the initial play-in, Karl checks the flute. He makes sure the mechanisms are all the correct "weight," tests spring tension, checks for leaks, and makes any additional adjustments. Now the flute is ready for the "play-in." The finisher knows that this is an important part of the process, because after the initial playing, the flute will "settle."
|Fine-tuning another shim|
|Checking spring tension and mechanism "weight"|
|Checking for leaks|