I play a c-flute, and i still have my student flute, and am looking to buy a more advanced flute. Is there a certian brand i should look at? there are so many. :-(
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When shopping for flutes, be aware that the flute market is changing at a pace completely ahead of the rest of the industry. Many makers are putting more time into headjoint design and quality.
There are flutes that we sell new at $600 that completely obliterate flutes more than double their price.
I recommend taking a look at the new Galway Spirit flutes. These feature unbelievably good headjoints. I had a customer the other day come in to test out "better flutes" (they were also coming from a student Bundy).
She was wanting to buy a Pearl and wanted to spend no more than $2500. So I brought out the Pearl 40th Ann. 765 ($2,340) as well as other flutes that were in the $1500-$2500 range. I then also snuck in a new Galway JG2BO (can't publically list price but its about 1/3 the price of the Pearl).
The Galway JG2BO was stuck in the row of flutes to try and the player had no idea of the prices of all the flutes. She picked the JG2BO. This is a Silver Plated (no solid silver anything), open hole, low B foot flute. It blew the Solid Silver flute that was nearly 3 times the price out of the water.
I wrote a review of them on my blog here: http://kesslermusic.blogspot.com/2009/12/james-galway-spirit-flutes-by-conn.html