1) Straubinger pad - Plastic base, thin microfiber layer, skin
2) Hard pressed felt pad - Cardboard base, thin pressed felt, skin
3) Soft woven felt pad - Cardboard base, thicker woven felt, skin
|L to R: Straubinger, hard pressed felt, soft woven felt|
*Felt pads: Made of cardboard, felt, and a bladderskin exterior. Softer, not as resonant, but can withstand significant finger pressure.
*Straubinger: Made of plastic, microfiber, and a skin. These are used on all of our new flutes because they are designed to be more stable and resonant. In addition, they give the mechanism a crisp response.
Whichever works best for you and meets your needs as a performer is really the best choice!