Frequently asked questions
Q: What types of pads are used in the Resona Flute and Piccolo?
A: As of January 2017, all Resona flutes come equipped with the Modern Resona Pad. This state of the art microcell pad technology promotes a more complete seal of the tone hole and adds an incredible resonance to your sound that you have to hear to believe! These pads are much more durable than a regular felt pad and with their white color, they look sleek and stylish too!
All Resona piccolos use our modern, thin pressed felt pad for its resonant acoustics, stability in all climates and reliability in performance.
Q: How can I prevent my piccolo from cracking in cold weather?
A: A Resona piccolo is ready to play as much as you’d like when you purchase it. It will not crack from your practicing and playing!
Wooden instruments do tend to crack more readily in the dry, cold periods of the year. Some precautions can be exercised:
Try to minimize exposure of the instrument to freezing temperatures.
Avoid playing the instrument immediately when it is brought in from the cold. When it is cold, close the keys and blow warm air in at the tenon end (without the headjoint). The wood body changes temperature much more slowly than the silver keys, therefore, don’t assume the body is warm when the keys feel warm. Take your time. Separately, wrap your hands around the headjoint and blow warm air through the headjoint while cupping your mouth over the embouchure hole. Assemble the piccolo, then you are ready to play.
If you must sit in a performance waiting and waiting for that piccolo entrance, try to keep the instrument warm by keeping it close to your body or in your hands.
Do not leave the instrument close to a heat source. Example: Check to see if there is a radiator or baseboard under the desk you always place your briefcase or instrument case on.
Oiling the body does not prevent cracking. Oiling by the player is not recommended as it is easy to get oil on the pads and adjustments. Oiling may be done in the repair shop, and it is only a surface treatment.
Q: Is there anywhere I should never take my Resona instrument?
A: Keep your instruments away from swimming pools or any exposure to chlorine, like bleach. Chlorine is BAAAAHD stuff for silver and the gold springs of your instrument.
Q: What can I do to prevent tarnish on my silver-bodied flute?
A: Tarnish on silver can be caused by exposure to chlorine or by bacteria present on skin of some people. People with sweaty palms tend to cause silver flutes and silver jewelry to tarnish more easily. The flute does not perform less well if it discolors. Using an anti bacterial hand wipe (without added lotions) prior to using the flute may retard the occurance of tarnish. Also diligently wiping your flute with the cloth provided, and weekly laundering of the cloth can also help.
Q: What is the best way to clean and take care of my flute?
A: A microfiber cloth is provided with a Burkart flute to wipe the keys and body after playing. It can be laundered, but do not use fabric softener. Be careful not to rub the front edge of the pads. The swab stick is used for the interior of the flute and is most effective in removing moisture when it is equipped with a couple of thin strips of absorbent cotton, like an old tee shirt.
Q: Why is a wood body preferred over plastic in a piccolo?
A: Grenadilla wood, grown in Africa, gives the piccolo a vastly superior sound. It is a darker, richer, tone, needed in this high voice instrument.
Q: Do you still make your Burkart Global model piccolo?
A: The Burkart Global piccolo was renamed into the Resona piccolo. It is still the same great instrument – we just changed the engraving on the body.
Q: How often should I have my flute or piccolo serviced?
A: If your instrument is used daily, used in locations of vastly different humidity, you live near the ocean or an area of high air pollution, an annual clean oil and adjust is recommended. If the instrument is used less frequently, this service can be done every 2 years.