I'm a sophomore in high school and its time for me to get a new flute, because i need one. We have 4 bands at my school and I'm in the second highest band, the Symphonic Band. I've been looking around online and at my local shops for flutes and i just cant decide which flute would be better and which flute has the best quality. So i need help. Please go through the websites i posted and tell me your opinion. Price is not an issue.
1. Jupiter: Jupiter 711 Series Intermediate Flute: 711RBSO-B foot, Offset G
2. Yamaha: Yamaha YFL-361 Series Intermediate Flute: YFL-361H/LPGP - B Foot, Gold Lip-Plate
3. Yamaha: Yamaha YFL-361 Series Intermediate Flute: YFL-361H B Foot, Offset G.
4.Pearl: Pearl Flutes Quantz 665 Series Flutes: 665RBE-1RB –B foot, Off Set G, with split E.
If price really isn't an issue, don't go with any of those flutes.
You'd be better off getting a used Altus, Sankyo or Miyazawa (since I'm sure you do have a spending limit).
If you're not willing to spend the money, or can't, just go with a used yamaha 211. It's a nice flute that can hold you over well into college or, at least, until you want something much less restrictive. Get it fixed up at a reputable technician that specializes in flute and you're good to go!
I agree. A Miyazawa would definitely be the best, but out of that list I would have to chose the Yamaha or the Pearl.
You might also consider Sonare. While I know that some people aren't satisfied with the quality, I tested it against Yamaha, Armstrong, Pearl, and Jupiter flutes, and it was clear that I sounded the best on it. Sort of like an intermediate Powell.... I'm not suggesting you get one, but it's always an option.
Hmmm.... I would prefer the Pearl, but I only know this because I have tried. The Yamaha has a quite different head joint cut then the Pearl, and this might suit you better. Maybe order several flutes from a sight like fluteworld.com, try them out, and send all the ones but the one you like best back.
I like Trombi's suggestion. Try out a Yamaha 371 Allegro Series Flute. In my opinion they get a far richer tone than the 361s which always sound a bit empty to me. Pearls are nice too- they project very well which I like. Of course it really it depends on your own personal playing style, so definitely try before you buy!
Other than a Pearl or Yamaha, if you want to stay in the same relative price range, all the big hype I keep reading says that Di Zhao flutes beat them all out (I haven't personally tried one yet). So if you can get your hands on one of those, you may have a winner. They are no more expensive than the others (possibly even cheaper!)