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 A mum who knows absolutely nothing about flutes - help please
Author: fastmower 
Date:   2015-06-25 14:45

Hi All

My son (age 13) has decided he would like to try Flute lessons in September when he returns to school. I have been looking all over the internet and I am so confused, there are so many types. He has never played an instrument before, so is a total beginner. There seems to be quite a few on ebay, in good condition(by the look of some of them) I would rather buy second hand if possible as it may be a short-lived thing - you never know. If he likes it and continues, we can them get him his own new flute.
Could anyone advise what make/model I should be looking for, or (if forum allows) link to a potential good buy on ebay. Any help would be very much appreciated. Thank you very much

Joanne Little

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 Re: A mum who knows absolutely nothing about flutes - help please
Author: alanporter 
Date:   2015-07-26 00:46

Hello, sorry to be a month late in responding.

There are lots of options, some better than others. My single recommendation for a beginner is a Yamaha flute, with closed holes, off-set G and C foot. These descriptions will be listed on the advertisements.

ebay may offer some good deals, but, byer beware.

Let us know how you get on.

Alan

tiaroa@shaw.ca

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 Re: A mum who knows absolutely nothing about flutes - help please
Author: fastmower 
Date:   2015-07-28 11:55

Thank you for that Alan. I have not sorted anything yet, as I asked the question in good time, he will probably start lessons on his return to school in September. I have looked on ebay when I first started looking, but haven't done anything for a couple of weeks. There is a music shop nearby that offers rental, which is another option to look at. £60 for three months. There is no further details on that particular flute, but RRP is only £299, they offer it at £239.00 and if you buy after rental you get the £60 rental knocked off the price, which could be a good option for a beginner, but it is a cheaper flute, so it still may be better to get a good second hand one. I will go in and see them, and compare prices on ebay/ local sales adverts for a yamaha. Because itis totally new to him (and us) I don't want him to have a flute that is poor quality as it could affect his enjoyment of learning, and put him off. I will be back with an update when I am sorted. In the meantime if anyone else has anything to add, I would be grateful for opinions.
Thanks
Jo

Joanne Little

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 Re: A mum who knows absolutely nothing about flutes - help please
Author: fastmower 
Date:   2015-07-28 12:07

Can I just ask what anyone thinks of the Trevor james 10X flute, as this is advertised as good student flute. Thanks Jo

Joanne Little

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 Re: A mum who knows absolutely nothing about flutes - help please
Author: KenJarczyk 2017
Date:   2015-07-28 17:31

Personally, I don't believe you can go wrong starting your son on a Trevor James instrument.

While there may appear to be good bargains on a site like e-Bay, I would not suggest a novice shop there, unless you have professional help.

I think it is wonderful that you are supporting your son's desire for music! You mention his taking lessons soon - is that through his school, or a private teacher? If a private teacher, it would do well to have a conversation about flute choices. This would be good to have, as well, if the lessons are through the school, if the one teaching has flute experience.

Ken Jarczyk
Woodwind Guy
Clarinets, Saxophones and I own several Flutes.

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 Re: A mum who knows absolutely nothing about flutes - help please
Author: SarahC 
Date:   2016-07-15 16:56

trevor james
yamaha
armstrong
jupiter
pearl

are reliable brands for a student.

buying second hand is a bit hit and miss. although, armstrong isn't the most popular brand (they are built strong enough to hit a cricket ball), which means i find it the easiest brand to get at great prices. more people tend to bid on the yamahas when they come up.

germeinhardt used to be good, but i haven't been so impressed with their new instruments.

basically, as far as students go.. you can't go wrong with those brands i listed. Once a student gets to grade 4/5 level they will probably want to upgrade to something open hole/solid silver.

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