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Buying a flute    09:18 on Monday, February 18, 2013 Vote for this post Vote against this post 0 votes

Meigas
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I'm sure you get that question a lot but... How to buy a flute? I literally know anything about it.

I studied flute for seven years and have been playing for eight (at the moment I'm on piccolo). I don't plan on playing professionally or even solo, I'd just play in an amateur concert band like I do now. I need something to serve me well for a long time.
What would be suitable for me? Which brand, model? New or used? Where to find used flutes? I live in a little European country and I'm not really comfortable buying from eBay, for example, but I guess I'd do it if it's the best choice.

You'll probably suggest me to ask my personal teacher but I haven't been in touch with him for a year so it's a bit embarrassing for me. I asked him several times while I was still studying and he just told me it's too soon for me to buy my own instrument. So I just kind of feel like I'm getting on his nerves when asking...

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Re: Buying a flute    13:10 on Monday, February 18, 2013 Vote for this post Vote against this post 0 votes

evflute17
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Well depending on your price range it varies. If your range is in the 3000 dollar ( American) range and up. I would suggest a Haynes,Pearl, or Altus. If you can go upwards of 5000 than any of those plus Powell, Muramatsu,Sankyo, or Burkart. Any of those would last you for a long time. Go to the closest music store that has a good selection and try as many flutes that meet your criteria as you can. Or if you can find someone you know who has a flute you'd be interested in, ask them if you can try their flute and see if you like the feel. Some companies will let you arrange a trial period of their instruments as well for a small fee.
Best of luck

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Re: Buying a flute    13:11 on Monday, February 18, 2013 Vote for this post Vote against this post 0 votes

evflute17
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Well depending on your price range it varies. If your range is in the 3000 dollar ( American) range and up. I would suggest a Haynes,Pearl, or Altus. If you can go upwards of 5000 than any of those plus Powell, Muramatsu,Sankyo, or Burkart. Any of those would last you for a long time. Go to the closest music store that has a good selection and try as many flutes that meet your criteria as you can. Or if you can find someone you know who has a flute you'd be interested in, ask them if you can try their flute and see if you like the feel. Some companies will let you arrange a trial period of their instruments as well for a small fee.
Best of luck

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Also Never I mean ever! Buy from ebay, I'm not saying that ebay is completely bad, but for instruments I don't trust it. Also used flutes are perfectly fine, most of the time they're just as good quality as new for a lower price. And finally some other Quote, budget brands you may want to check out.
Sonare-Powell
Resona-Burkart
Azumi-Altus
Amadeus-Haynes
All of these come with a hand made headjoint on a lower quality but still very nice body and foot joint.

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Re: Buying a flute    14:13 on Monday, February 18, 2013 Vote for this post Vote against this post 0 votes

Meigas
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Thanks for the recommendations!
I forgot to mention though - I can't really spend more than 1000. Pearl seems reasonable to me, are cheaper models also good?

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Re: Buying a flute    19:55 on Monday, February 18, 2013 Vote for this post Vote against this post 0 votes

evflute17
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Pearl is a very good brand. I would look into an azumi 2000, those are a little over a thousand. You can often find used quality intermediate flutes for around a 1000, so I would look into used for the best quality for the amount you can spend.

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Re: Buying a flute    04:13 on Sunday, February 24, 2013 Vote for this post Vote against this post 0 votes

Plekto
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One thing to note is that the quality of the instrument has almost nothing to do with the metals used. A lot of makers make less expensive bodies with a professional headjoint added.

Brannen makes Avanti as their budget model
Altus makes Azumi
Powell makes Sonare
Haynes makes Amadeus
Pearl is their own company aimed at the middle-market.

Any of these five are good choices because you can save a lot of money and get quite a decent sound. One extra thing to note is that all modern concert flutes are tuned with a B footjoint in mind, so get that if you can.

   

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