About Gold Flute Pads

Photo of a Gold Flute PadPhoto of Gold Plated Flute Pad

Choose between Black Gold pads (left) or Pure Gold pads (right)

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JS Gold pads are the best sound producing, longest lasting and most stable pads you can have in your flute. The thin film that covers the pads affects the tone of your flute and the tonal qualities of Gold are well known to be beneficial. Now you can enhance the tone of your flute by replacing tone deadening animal skin with Gold which is more acoustically reflective and resonant. Bladderskin hurts your tone and absorbs some of your precious sound and energy. Gold reflects all of that beautiful sound to the listening audience. What you get is a focused, well-centered tone that is rich, resonant and warm. Recover your lost tone by installing reliable JS Gold pads – it’s the best thing you can do for your flute.


Gold pads increase the tone and beauty of your flute because Gold particles are embedded directly into the film. This high tech achievement gives you an incredibly durable pad. JS pads do not tear or cut through like bladderskin does. Their reliability and stability gives you peace of mind because they offer a superior and dependable seal without absorbing moisture and warping like conventional pads do. These special pads have a significant portion of black dry lubricant (MOS2) embedded into the surface along with the gold to prevent sticking. This dry lubricant darkens the surface color of the “Black Gold” pads.


The Pure Gold pad is the same as the black gold pad except that it has an extremely thin layer of gold added to the surface. It shines with a wonderful tone. Many flute players say that the pure gold pads sound better than any other pad.

Photo of Gold Pads in Flute


The center pivot insures that pressure will always be evenly distributed around the tonehole rim for an absolutely perfect seal.


The feedback I get from professional musicians is that the tone of Gold pads is more musical and beautiful than bladderskin, that it is richer, rounder and more clearly focused. Bladderskin has a dry, buzzy sound. Gold adds depth and color to the tone. Switching to Gold pads can give you as much tone improvement as you would get from switching to a higher quality headjoint.


Alexa Still, Jim Walker, Hubert Laws, Robert Dick and Bill McBirnie are top players who have switched to Gold pads. Hundreds of other players are also enjoying the benefits of Gold pads. The response has been overwhelmingly positive.



The gold particles are embeded in the film so they will not wear away. These pads will stand the test of time and provide excellent service long after bladderskin pads have split and fallen apart.


To clean a gold pad, insert an alcohol swab over the tonehole, close the cup and drag out the swab (or use rubbing alcohol on cloth). For any pad that has a tendency to stick – order “JS Magic Dust”. This dry lubricant works great. It is non-toxic and being a lubricant – it can only help the keywork. JS Gold pads have a portion of magic dust embedded into the skin along with the gold. The dry lubricant releases slowly throughout the lifetime of the pad to prevent sticking.