Step up flute SOS

Step up flute SOS

Step up flute SOS    16:57 on Wednesday, March 07, 2012          

(57 points)
Posted by evflute17

I'm a high school student and I've been playing flute for awhile now. I currently play on a peice of crap Bundy student model and I want to do a step up. I want to major in flute so I need a well made flute but I'm not exactly well off financially and everytime I bring it up to my parents they say don't "don't bother me we'll talk about it later" I've found a few models I like and I'd like some opinions on them and on how to get my parents to understand I need a new flute. the flutes I'm intrested in are
Azumi 3000
Powell ps505
Pearl 695
Tevor James Cantible.
If you know anything about these flutes or play one please post. My private teacher says that its really up to me but these I found online and wanted some response.

Re: Step up flute SOS    20:32 on Wednesday, March 07, 2012          

(18 points)
Posted by alex411

i am currently playing on a pearl dolce and love it, as far as the avanti2000 i have played it several times in store and have had problems getting the higher registers out without a little fumbling, but with my pearl i have no problem... also, try checking out armstrong 800b armstrong is known for their student level flutes but i used this up until a few months ago and loved every bit of it (it is not a beginner flute or student flute, i had pros stop and ask me what flute i was playing because they loved the tone quality and stuff), but haha when ever i wore makeup the gold lip plate would react weirdly with my skin and make my makeup darker under my lip... just a odd personal problem lol... right now im selling the flute on ebay

hope that helps

Re: Step up flute SOS    15:16 on Thursday, March 08, 2012          

(57 points)
Posted by evflute17

Right now I'm looking at amadeus800 but I haven't decided for sure

Re: Step up flute SOS    08:44 on Thursday, March 15, 2012          

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Posted by evflute17

Also does anybody know anything about the armstrong 800b I found one with a 14k lipplate and riser at my local music store(go figure right)an I liked it ,my private teacher said she'd come with me to look at it .Though I was hoping to get some advice from someone who'd had one before?

Re: Step up flute SOS    16:30 on Thursday, March 15, 2012          

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Posted by FluteMonkey

Armstrong makes some very nice student model flutes, but their step-up flutes tend to be on the low end of the step-up range. This is reflected in their relatively low price. It will be a step up from your Bundy, but perhaps not a very big one.

The flute makers that you listed in your previous post all have great reputations and make excellent flutes. The key to finding the right flute is to try out as many as you can. What works for one flutist may not work at all for another. Choosing the right flute is very personal.

I have an article on my website about buying an intermediate flute. Check out

Hope this helps.

Re: Step up flute SOS    15:31 on Saturday, March 17, 2012          

(57 points)
Posted by evflute17

Thanks I looked at it and it was very informative,

Re: Step up flute SOS    20:50 on Saturday, March 17, 2012          

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Posted by travel2165

There are some excellent values to be found with CLOSED-hole flutes. Please do not think that having open holes is some type of requirement for advancing in your flute studies. Just because American flute stores offer open-hole flutes in much greater quantities does not make them more suitable for you or for anyone else. It is a marketing (and status) gimmick and nothing more.

You can find USED closed-hole Miyazawa, Muramatsu, Pearl, and other fine flutes that will not break your budget. And they WILL be "intermediate" flutes -- or even better.

You can PM me for additional information. I do not sell flutes, nor do I have a website that recommends certain kinds of flutes over others.


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