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Pad replacement advice

Postby WeekendFlutist » Fri Apr 13, 2018 10:26 am

Hello everyone,

For us do-it-yourselfs and hobbiest, does anyone have any online resources on how to replace pads, that they are willing to share?

Clearly it's not something for the faint of heart or those without untested patience.
It's just that I've done two flutes now with good results. I think they would have turned out better in less time if I had found a better detailed instructions. In fact the pad replacement kit that I bought was surprising lacking in detail and came with shims way too thick. I found myself cutting shims out of news paper and reusing the old ones where I could.

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Re: Pad replacement advice

Postby pied_piper » Sun Apr 15, 2018 4:15 pm

Well, learning to replace pads in a flute is not as easy as one might think. There is a lot more to it than simply removing the keys and swapping the pads. Flute manufacturers use different size pads so there is a good chance the pad "kit" you bought online may not have all the right sizes you need for your flute. Flute pads come in different diameters and different thicknesses. Did you measure the thickness of the pads in your flute before you ordered them? If you bought the kit on eBay, there is a good chance they are not the best quality and that makes the job of installing them that much more difficult. Did the kit include pad shims? Probably not. If not, you'll need to buy some of those too. Did your kit include an assortment of cork and/or felt in various thicknesses? You need that too. You need appropriate tools. Did your kit include a feeler gauge to check the pad coverage after each has been installed? Typical hardware store screwdrivers may not fit or can damage the screw slots. This goes on...

To learn how to put pads in a flute, I suggest that you get this book which provides a reasonably good overview of the process, supplies, and tools needed to successfully repad a flute.

http://www.jlsmithco.com/books/servicin ... -j-l-smith
"Never give a flute player a screwdriver."

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