A little while ago I bought one of the famous yamaha flutes in a second hand shop.
It was an alto, made of kingwood, well kept, still in it's original case with all the original equipment.
It set me back only a fiver, so I was quite happy.
At home I discovered quite a large crack at the bottom part.
I assumed a problem like that would pop up as the flute was too cheap.
To my surprise the crack was not hidden and as far as I could see no one had taken the effort to repair it.
So that was quite good too.
We've got a flute repairman in town who does a very good job, so I wasn't afraid the flute would be beyond repair.
At that time I put the flute back in the case and decided to give it time to adjust to the less moist atmosphere of our house.
Today I took it out of the case again and the crack stayed the same.
It's a very clean crack, well worth repairing. The sides of the crack are perfectly clean.
At the moment I don't have enough funds for a professional repair, but thinking about it is always possible.
I've got a few options.
Either send it to the repairman and leave it to him.
Or order a new bottom part, which will cost me quite a lot as those flutes of kingwood are very expensive.
Or put a ferrule around it, keeping the wood together. It's good for bagpipes, but won't it compromise the wood when the flute is blown and moist starts to swirl inside it?
I guess some professional advice is needed.