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 Need advice on this flute I may buy...
Author: Sabster 
Date:   2011-02-20 08:38

I'm a complete beginner in playing the Flute (this will be my first horn).
My budget isn't very decent (about $190-220), but I found a Yamaha-YFL271 (silver plated) on ebay for only $170 (brand new).

The price is probably not even half of what the retail price ranges from... but of course, the catch is that I would be buying it from China, yes... China.

I know that Instruments manufactured in China or Hong Kong aren't usually recommended to buy, but I also know that sometimes the horns turn out quite nicely made.

I've heard that the YFL-271 possesses a very nice sound and easy to play (sometimes even played by teachers), I'm fairly certain it's open holed (I don't want a closed holed flute), but I've come here to ask you guys if this will be an investment worth undertaking.

I'd love any help I can get. Thank you.

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 Re: Need advice on this flute I may buy...
Author: concertmaster3 
Date:   2011-02-20 15:15

It sounds like it may be a counterfeit Yamaha, which I wouldn't suggest buying. If you can find a real Yamaha, you'll be in good shape.

You might be interested in checking out the goodwill auctions as well.

Ron Ford
Woodwind Specialist
Performer/Teacher/Arranger
http://www.RonFordMusic.com

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 Re: Need advice on this flute I may buy...
Author: funkymusicgal 
Date:   2011-03-19 12:44

Honestly - don't touch it. Go for a second hand yamaha 221 ( but watch it - lot of fakes coming from china too), pearl are nice, gemeinhardt, trevor james, buffet. The ones coming from China are shockers - you'll spend heaps of cash trying to make it sound right, or playable. (Instrumental teacher - flute is my major instrument)

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