what Is best to clean tarnish off a flute? I have heard toothpaste is good but I do not want to use that. I have just tried Mr Sheen furniture polish and a duster which get some of it off. Although it is an old flute that I bought for only £40 from a second hand shop. I use it as my second flute and it is still playable but looks awful and so tarnished. I do not want to get any solution under the pads so they stop working so wondered if I should take it to a repair shop where they are used to cleaning up instruments and will do it without spoiling the instrument.
I just phoned a local instrument repair shop who wanted to charge me £60 to have it stripped down and cleaned and I said no because the instrument only cost £40 so I said what would you recommend and he said the only thing I would recommend is bring it to me and I would use silver polish but strip the whole thing down. He said if you do it yourself and you ruin your flute then on your head be it. I think he was simply trying to make money because I pointed out to him that if I do ruin the flute, it only cost me £40 so it would not matter