The Abell-Tretick “Bedding Adhesive Washer” method is a collaboration between Chris Abell (master flutemaker) and Clifford Tretick (master flute technician). The end result of this process will leave a paper washer glued into the pad cup. This washer will serve as the bedding for any subsequent full or partial washers required to set the pad. The washer glued in place will “mirror” the tone hole onto the cup. The objective of this system is to achieve a firm, flat bed for the flute pad that is directly indicated from the tone hole seat. When properly executed, the method will reduce shimming, resulting in greater stability and longer pad life. For more information about this method, please read A New Padding Technique for Flutes and The Abell-Tretick Padding Method.
Washers can also help provide a consistent amount of adhesive when padding piccolos, oboes, and clarinets.
Available in two thicknesses (.012″/.3mm and .020″/.5mm). Individual diameters (16-20mm) are sold in 25-packs or you can choose to purchase an assortment. Bulk packaging available for larger quantities