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David Straubinger answers some frequently asked questions about the Straubinger™ Pad:

  1. What makes the Straubinger™ Pad different from conventional felt pads?
  2. Do Straubinger™ Pads last longer than conventional pads?
  3. Can the Straubinger™ Pad be installed on most flutes?
  4. Will the Straubinger™ Pad change the response of my flute?
  5. How do I go about having Straubinger™ Pads installed on my flute?
  6. How often do Straubinger™ Pads need to be replaced?
  7. Can Straubinger™ Pads be installed on my piccolo?
  8. Where can I get Straubinger™ Pads installed on my clarinet?

 

  1. What makes the Straubinger™ Pad different from conventional felt pads?

    The Straubinger™ Pad is 90% more stable than the conventional felt flute pad. If your instrument is subjected to change in temperature or humidity, the pads will remain stable. For example, if you are required to play outside under hot humid conditions and then go directly inside with dry air conditioning, you will find your flute still playing fine.

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  2. Do Straubinger™ Pads last longer than conventional pads?

    Straubinger™ Pads last far longer than the conventional felt pads because they are stable and continue to seal the tone hole with the lightest touch.

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  3. Can the Straubinger™ Pad be installed on most flutes?
    Yes. With over sixty sizes of pads and several thicknesses of stabilizers, the Straubinger™ Pad can be installed on most flutes. Contact us if you would like to know if your flute can be fitted with Straubinger™ Pads.

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  4. Will the Straubinger™ Pad change the response of my flute?

    Yes. The tone hole seals much better causing your flute's response to be much faster. Also, because of the better seal, you only need the lightest touch to close the key. Players who have commented on having "stuffy" sounding flutes have mentioned that the sound has opened up after having Straubinger™ Pads installed.

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  5. How do I go about having Straubinger™ Pads installed on my flute?

    Only repairmen who have gone through our in-depth training session can install Straubinger™ Pads on flutes. For a complete list of qualified repairmen, see our Certified Technicians page of our web site to find the technician nearest you or give us a call.

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  6. How often do Straubinger™ Pads need to be replaced?

    Unfortunately, I cannot give you a definite answer since any flute pad's life expectancy depends a lot on the individual player. Several of the pads may be subjected to more water than others or more finger pressure than others.  These pads would probably need to be replaced sooner. However, because the pad is more stable than conventional pads, you should notice a longer life expectancy than before.

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  7. Can Straubinger™ Pads be installed on my piccolo?

    Yes. We now have Straubinger™ Pads for piccolos.

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  8. Where can I get Straubinger™ Pads installed on my clarinet?

    We have Straubinger™ Pads for clarinets. Please consult our listing of pad representatives for clarinet to locate someone who carries and installs our clarinet pads.

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