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 Re: Recommendations on Flute
Author: KenJarczyk 
Date:   2015-05-08 21:46

Kathy -

The internet is loaded with used flutes. It can be very confusing narrowing down choices.

My first bit of advice is not to buy E-Bay, or other places like these e-flea markets.

Use a trusted vendor - I really like Flute World in Michigan. ( )
They go through their own used flutes quite well, and closely examine those on consignment. 1 (248) 855-0410 Ask for Jeffrey - he handles the used flutes. He can help direct you, as well. B

Ask about headjoints, ease of play, type of tone expected. It all depends on what you are willing to pay, you can get a wonderful Muramatsu flute - one of the best brands out there - for under 4 thousand.

Many flutes look great, but play like beasts. If I as an adult need an offset G key, I'm certain your daughter would want one, as well. Many to most do not seem to have offset G keys, and there is a reason they are for sale! A straight inline G flute hurts! Your hand will fatigue quickly, and not make it much fun to play. Don't get too hung up on the open-hole, closed-hole debate, as until recently every superb professional flute was closed hole. Look at the Muramatsu web site - their top flutes are shown in closed hole photographs!

I have a Gemeinhardt full-sterling silver Series 3, and it's okay, if it's an outdoor gig and raining. Otherwise, it's a real dog - their headjoint just doesn't give a great sound. My main ax is a closed-hole full silver Muramatsu from the late 1970's, and the sound is marvelous, warm and chocolatey! My other mainstay is the top of the line handmade custom Haynes with soldered tone holes, a wonderful symphonic ax also from the late 1970's. New, the Muramatsu would have gone for the $9,000 mark, the Haynes for $13,000. I purchased the Haynes from a friend's instrument shop near Chicago for $3,500, and the Muramatsu from Flute World for $3,300. Both great deals. For the record, my Gemeinhardt is an open-hole, in-line G. The Muramatsu is a closed-hole offset-G with a C foot, the Haynes is an open-hole offset-G with gizmo key (and Valentino brand plugs in the holes!) with a B foot.

Good fortune on your hunt!
Let us know how you do!

Ken Jarczyk
Woodwinds Specialist
Eb, C, Bb, A & Bass Clarinets
Soprano, Alto, Tenor & Baritone Saxophones
Flute, Alto Flute, Piccolo

Post Edited (2015-05-08 23:36)

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