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stormfluter
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flute pad materials

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There’s a question about flute pads I’ve always wanted to ask, but I was too embarrassed that it might sound ridiculous. That is, why is it that they have to be so fragile? Surely there must be a material out there that is durable and resistant to moisture damage while not sticking. Like certain silicone, for example, can be a soft velvety texture that isn’t sticky at all.

I know the music world can be highly superstitious so if the reason is something about resonance I’m sorry I won’t hear it. For me at least the pros would outweigh that supposed con.

If I knew where to begin, I’d use my retired student flute to experiment on. That said if my reasoning is absurd please tell me. I guess back in marching band I was just always jealous of the brass players who didn’t have to scramble at the first sign of rain while the director insisted we could still practice! haha

Gordon Shumway
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I'm intrigued. Silicone sounds interesting.

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You are probably looking for something like the omni pad. This a simple closed cell foam flute pad with no skin.

There are some degradation problems with them reacting to silver but they might be an alternative for you>

http://krausmusic.com/omnipad/omniflut.htm
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JButky wrote:
Mon Sep 20, 2021 3:45 pm
There are some degradation problems with them reacting to silver
Yes, now that you mention it, if I remember rightly, people sometimes used rubber bands when a spring broke, but that's not a good idea, as rubber bands contain sulfur and this can react with silver. (might be something to do with sulfuric acid, or that may be why non-acid-free paper goes brown). Silicone rubber contains lots of hydrogen (even assuming they get rid of all that HCl), and that's the basis of acids, so that could make silicone a no-go.

But are flute pads fragile? I don't recall ever having to get any oboe pads replaced, although I probably took it close to the edge.
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