Frequently Asked Questions

What Do You Charge?

$80 (U.S. dollars only) per hour. I charge on an hourly basis, rather than fixed pricing, so you are assured of paying only for the actual work done.

There is no charge for estimates, except in some special situations, such as restoring an antique, where a significant amount of work is sometimes needed to find out the actual state of the flute.

How do I ship my flute to you?

I prefer Registered Mail, Return Receipt Requested, Insured. This has proven to be safe, reliable and reasonable in cost, usually less than $30 (U.S. dollars) for hand-made silver flutes. The flute should be secured in its case with wedges of paper-toweling, and packed in a sturdy cardboard box at least two inches larger than the case on all sides. Lay the flute on a bed of newspaper balls, foam "peanuts", or bubble-wrap. Cover all the raw seams with brown paper tape.

It usually takes three days (within the United States - longer for international) to receive it, once posted.

How long will you have my instrument?

During the summer, overhauls can usually be turned around in two weeks. During the fall and winter months, turnaround is often slower. Overhauls are discouraged during December. Other congested times here are late August/early September and spring break.

You are advised to avoid these times. Of course, this is not always possible. In all cases, try to have a back-up flute to play while yours is here for repair. If possible, arrange for one before sending your flute.

Do you guarantee your work?

Absolutely! If you need to return an instrument due to any oversight on my part, I will take care of the shipping charges and the labor.

What other services do you provide?

  • Head-joint repair and modification
  • Master Classes in tone-development for flute and piccolo.

“John Lagerquist has been keeping my flutes and piccolo in superb condition for over 10 years. His meticulous work, knowledge of my performance needs, and his own artistry as a flutist are perfectly combined.”
Peggy Bair (ret.), Principal Flutist, United States Navy Band, Washington, D.C.
(Ms. Bair is also a featured soloist, conductor & narrator in various chamber ensembles. Appears regularly with: Washington Winds, Washington Bach Consort & Masterworks Chorale Orchestra)

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