The instrument you have bought is of value and will need looking after. Here are a few simple steps on how this should be approached. Note: Be careful when putting your instrument together not to put undue pressure on the keywork. Also be sure to hold the joints parallel when assembling, so as not to distort the thin metal tenons.
1. When you have finished playing, carefully take your instrument apart ready for cleaning. Attach a Cotton or Chamois style cleaner (AA32FG) to the end of the cleaning rod supplied with your instrument and pull it through the main body and foot-joint. Push the swab carefully up inside the headjoint, there is a stopper in the headjoint which will prevent the cleaner from passing completely though. Do not adjust tor remove the stopper. If you find that using the rod is difficult, mop style cleaners are available (ACM136).
2. Clean the outside of your instrument with a Silver Cloth (ACM524) after playing. Between playing sessions we recommend storing the flute inside its case to delay any excessive tarnishing.
3. Regular use of a sterilising spray is also recommended. The Sterisol Spray (ALU050) or Windcraft Steri-Spray (ALU055) both do a great job.
To ensure correct performance, and a long life for your Flute, it is recommended that you have it serviced by a professional repairer after 18 months to 24 months of playing.