just a little update for you, and some clarification. my computer crashed and i lost all my data - or i cant access it anyway, so i couldnt post. for some reason i couldnt get the administration of sotw to send me my password, on m y new computer, so i reregistered under a similar name - i used to be BARISSIMOSAX - now im barissimosaxe.
i know that many of you think that the reason my flute sounds better is because of the sealing of the new pads. you might be right, and im sure that you are convinced that you are, but this entails accepting the following propositions:
you see, im a self-trained sax repairman, and i only work on my own saxophones. i have never worked on another persons saxophones, i have never studied repairing with anyone else, and i have never been to repair school. thus you are ascribing an amazing ability to me to do what many of you have been doing for much longer and in more detail. secondly i have NEVER worked on a flute. as such, this is my first flute repad job. so for this assumption to work, you have to assume that a person that has limited saxophone repair experience, has never overhauled a saxophone, and is now attempting to repad a flute for the first time can achieve a better result than that which was present.
in addition you have to deal with the fact that my leak light (a rope christmas tree string) showed leaks on several pads that i replaced - AND STILL DOES. i can see that my repad job is far from ideal - every pad (almost) that i repadded has a leak. thus you have to assume that i did an awesome job repadding in spite of the evidence to the contrary.
OR you can assume that this is a case of cognitive dissonance reduction, which it might very well be, however i have received MANY comments since my partial repadding on how good my flute sounds. before repadding, i only occasionally received such comments. those doing the commenting on my flute tone didnt know that i had partially repadded it - they were just other musicians that were impressed with how i sounded - not technicians that would understand the minutia of flute technology.
now altho it might very well be the case that i am from suffering cognitive dissonance reduction, i dont believe it to be because i spent massive amounts of money on my pads. you see, while it might seem to you that $175 is a lot for a pad set, from my way of thinking it is quite cheap. i have spent a lot of money for technicians to play around with my soprano and not fix a thing (and then some of them had the audacity to blame my playing technique),when in reality the fix was very simple and i figured it out laying in bed pondering the problem. now, if i can fix the problem, i who have never had any training, then what is their excuse? so anyway, as i see it, $175 is cheap for a repad.
then it is argued that only a few pads could not have had such an effect on the sound, but remember that these were mostly the upper pads, and everyone assumed that the headjoint of a flute or the neck of a saxophone is so VERY important to the sound, but somehow the upper pads are not more important for the sound than the lower pads? oh well.
now, finally, i find it quite amusing that just about anywhere you go on this forum, you will find voluminous discussions about the differences between one sax and another, one flute or another, one mouthpiece or another, even the differences between one era of mark VI and another, and i have NEVER found a post in which anyone disputed these differences. a micro difference between one brass tube and another is assumed and never disputed to have a MAJOR difference in the sound of the saxophone, but when we discuss MAJOR differences between a metallic pad and a bladder pad (or MAJOR differences between a leather pad with a small resonator and a leather pad with a giant oversized resonator) we find voluminous posters armed with "scientific" evidence coming out and attacking any and all that report their own experiences to the contrary.
in summary major material differences are reputed to have no difference in sound, but minute differences in shape are assumed to have major differences in sound. it could be that this is true, but it has not been my experience.
since Christmas is now over, i can resume repadding my flute, because i didnt want to repad it and mess it up as i had gigs over Christmas. i will report back to you all if i find any other differences when my flute is completely repadded.