Yeah, I forgot to ask on the phone about how the pads were. Replacing all the pads costs more than $40, I believe. Oh well .... I just started playing the drums again, and the flute was just a curiosity. For some unknown reason, I can get a great sound out of flutes ... My sax teacher, who doubled on flute, was amazed. He told me I should concentrate on the flute, since I have such a natural ease with it.
Again, I have to refer to the Tower of Power song, "Sparkling in the Sand," in which there is a great sounding flute over the entire song .... Almost makes you want to play the flute ... until Mic Gillette's (flugel I think) solo comes in and layes waste to the thin, mellow flute sound. Mic's solo reminds me why I wanted to play brass in the first place. Flute is just too mellow.