Flutes

If you've ever blown into the top of an empty soda bottle, you've taken your first toot on a flute. Granted, today's flutes are a little classier than a soda bottle, but the principle is still the same. Blow and make sound. Flutists have been doin...

just this for hundreds of years.

The flute evolved from an instrument called a "recorder" which was used up to 5,000 years ago. Derived from the Latin word meaning "tibia," early instruments were made of bone rather than wood. Wood had a tendency to split or break. Flutists today are likely relieved that wood and metal has long since replaced the bone of old!

A Flute For Every Season

The flute we know today appeared in France in the 1600s. Flutists in orchestras have been blowing on these musical treasures from the woodwinds family for every century since.

With the exception of the piccolo, the flutes are the highest pitched of all the woodwinds. Some flutists cherish the sharp pitch of the instrument, while other flutists seem to enjoy the soft and mellow sounds at the high end of its range.

The beauty of flutes is that there is just not one to choose from. Despite the common perception, flutists know that many fine examples of the variety of the instrument exist today.

Whether you choose a reed-based instrument - as you will find in your classical and orchestral varieties - or those without reeds, such as native American and pan, you will undoubtedly get a kick out of hearing a professional flutist blowing beauty from her pipe.

A number of stellar flute makers have established themselves as leaders in production of this famed woodwind. Top flutists regularly select their instruments from Yamaha, Bonneville, Gemeinhardt and Armstrong.

So, whether your taste is for an Irish jig or an American ballad, a soprano or an alto, grab your flute case, an extra set of reeds, a stand for your music, and get fluting today! Flutists everywhere will welcome another artist to their very special family.

Used Flutes - The Practical Choice

Used flutes are a great idea if you are a budding flutist on a budget. Actually, even if you're not a flutist on a tight budget, a used modern flute is a good decision if you're not yet sure you want to be a flutist to begin with.

A silver-coated flute is a great purchase. It is very dense and not as expensive as gold or platinum coated varieties.

A used silver flute would normally cost 20 to 60 percent less than a brand new one, presenting great value for budget-conscious flutists.

Hunting For A Great Used Flute

A professional flute can be entirely made in costly metal and be quite expensive - but these would typically be even better investments when purchased secondhand as they are sure to last longer.

Finding a flute should not be a big challenge. Musical publications, woodwind magazines, and even online auctions are great places to find one.

After tracking down your ideal instrument, make sure to find as much information as possible about it. Get details such as the flute serial number, manufacturer, and the specifications if possible. Make sure to find one that exactly fits your needs.

Determine if it has drawn or soldered tone holes. Does the flute have a B- or C-foot joint? Does it have an offset or in-line G key? Does it have other special keys? These are just some of the things you should ask.

Lastly, observe the condition of the flute. Look for dents, scratches and other tarnishes - there should be little of it. Most importantly, you should check if the playing mechanism works right. Test it to make sure that everything works right.

Now that you know what things to look for, it's time to embark on that great flute-buying journey. Look out James Gallway a challenger is coming.

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Philipp Hammig 658/2 Holzflöte

Transverse Flute

0

Made from grenadilla wood (Dalbergia melanoxylon), Nickel silver-plated mechanism, E-mechanism, C-Foot, Silver parts, Wooden headjoint, plain,...

Jupiter JBF1000 Bass Flute

Bass Transverse Flute

0

Curved head joint, Two-ply pads, C-Feet, Closed keys, Warm and deep sound, Excellent response, Stable standing tone, Includes case, bag and...

Blocki Pneumo Pro + DVD

Pneumo Pro with DVD

30

Double and triple tonguing, Flexibility between octaves, Mood (especially with dynamic changes), Advanced techniques (multiphonics ...), Including...

Pearl Flutes PFA 206 ES Alto Flute

Alto Transverse Flute in G

2

Sterling silver head joint, Pointed Arm design, Nickel silver-plated, Closed keys, Offset G, E Mechanism, With straight head joint, Includes case...

Startone SFL-55 Flute

Flute

220

Nickel silver head, body and machine heads, Full silver-plated, E Machine heads, Closed keys, Offset G, Case (included)

Yamaha YPC-62R Piccolo

Piccolo Flute

3

Grenadilla wood body (Dalbergia melanoxylon), Grenadilla wood headjoint, Nickel silver keys, With a new, re-shaped headjoint that facilitates sound...

Yamaha YFL-212 Flute

Flute

14

Student model, Closed keys, Pointed Arms, Advanced G, E-Mechanics, Body, head, foot and keys made of nickel silver, New form of folding cover,...

Muramatsu GX-RCE Flute

Transverse Flute

2

Solid silver head and body, Ring keys, E-Mechanism, Offset, Offset G, Silver plated flap, Wooden cleaning rod and case (included)

Yamaha YPC-32 Piccolo

Piccolo Flute

8

Ideal for beginners, Accurate intonation, E-mechanism, ABS plastic resin body, Nickel silver headpiece, Nickel silver keys, Silver-plated

Pearl Flutes Curved Mouthpiece PFTPHU-5

Curved Headjoint

1

For flute, Nickel silver-plated

Sankyo CF 201 Flute RE

Etude Flute

1

Solid silver head, Ring keys, E-Mechanism, Offset, Offset G, Silver plated body and keys, Wooden cleaning rod and case (included)

Pearl Flutes Mouthpiece Silver Plated

Headjoint

2

For flute, Nickel silver-plated

Muramatsu EX-III-RBE Flute

Transverse Flute

2

Silver headjoint, Ring keys, E-Mechanism, Offset, Silver plated body and keys, B-Foot, Incl. Wood cleaning rod and case

Pearl Flutes PFA 201 ESU Alto Flute

Alto Transverse Flute in G

3

Sterling silver lip plate, Pointed Arm design, Nickel silver-plated, Closed keys, Offset G, E Mechanism, With straight and curved head-joint incl....

Sankyo RT-2 Headjoint 925 Ag

HeadjointSankyo's latest headjoint shape, a good combination of RT-1 and RT-3 elements. The RT head is offered in three variations of the modern Sankyo lip plate. These headjoints offer a coloured tone in the low register and an impressive response in all

0

Riser, rod and lip plate made of 925 sterling silver

Sankyo CF 301 Flute RBE

Transverse Flute

0

Silver head and body, Ring keys, B-Foot, E-Mechanism, Offset G, Nickel silver mechanism, Silver plated, Drawn toneholes, Incl. wooden cleaning rod...

Muramatsu DS-RCEO Flute Handmade

Handmade transverse flute

0

Completely made from silver, Drawn tone holes, Ring keys, E mechanism

Pearl Flutes PF-665 RE Quantz Flute

Transverse Flute

5

Quantz series, Full silver headjoint, Body, foot piece and keys made of nickel silver, Ring keys, Offset G, Pointed arms, Bags and accessories...

Azumi AZ-Z3E Flute

Flute

4

Closed key flaps, E mechanism, Advanced G, C foot, Handmade ALTUS Z-Cut headpiece made of 925 sterling silver, Spitz lid design, Including case,...

Pearl Flutes PFA 206 ESU Alto Flute

Alto Transverse Flute in G

1

Sterling silver head joint, Pointed Arm design, Nickel silver-plated, Closed keys, Offset G, E Mechanism, With straight and curved head joint,...

Pearl Flutes PFB-305

Bass Flute

1

Body and curved head piece nickel silver (plated), Comfortably shaped pointed lid mechanism with handle plates made of precious wood, Pin-less...

Sankyo RT-1 Headjoint 925 Ag

HeadjointPrefers the low register, simplifies dynamic play. The RT head is offered in three variations of the modern Sankyo lip plate. These headjoints offer a coloured tone in the low registers and an impressive response in all registers.

0

Riser, rod and lip plate made of 925 sterling silver

Azumi AZ-Z3RBE Flute

Transverse flute

0

Ring keys, E-Mechanism, Offset G, B-Foot, Sterling silver body (925), Sterling silver lip plate and riser (925), Handmade ALTUS Z-cut headjoint...

Jupiter JFL700WD D-Loop Flute

Flute in C

2

Suitable for children over 5 years, With original WaveLine Patent for best ergonomics, Easiest response, Simplified mechanism, Short and...

Pearl Flutes PFP-105ES Piccolo Flöte

Piccolo Flute

4

Grenaditte body and headpiece, "Traditional Straight Style" headpiece, E-Mechanism, Nickel silver mechanism, Silver-plated, Includes accessories...

Yamaha YPC-62 Piccolo

Piccolo Flute

4

Grenadilla wood body, Grenadilla headpiece, Nickel silver keys, Silver-plated, Includes accessories and case

Yamaha YPC-91 Piccolo

Piccolo

0

Body and headjoint made of grenadilla wood (Dalbergia melanoxylon), Undercut tone holes, Keywork made completely of silver, Meisterklasse / Master...

Jupiter JFLH700WX Conversion Kit

Conversion Kit for JP-510E C-Loop Transverse Flute

1

Adapter nickel silver, Silver-plated, Flute head nickel silver, Silver-plated, With sterling silver riser, Identical to the head of JP511ES-SC...

Muramatsu GX-CBE Flute

Flute

1

Head and body full silver-plated, Closed keys, E Mechanism, Offset, H - Foot, Silvered flap, Wooden cleaning rod and case (included)

Pearl Flutes PFA 201 ES

Alto Transverse Flute in G

5

Sterling silver lip plate, Pointed Arm design, Nickel silver-plated, Closed keys, Offset G, E Mechanism, With straight head joint incl. case and a...

Pearl Flutes Elegante 795 RBE - Vigore

Transverse flute

1

Sterling silver headjoint with 3K gold lip plate, Sterling silver body and footjoint, Nickel silver-plated mechanisms, Pointed arm design, Ring...

Pearl Flutes PF-505 RE Quantz Flute

Transverse Flute

8

Quantz series, Nickel silver body, Head joint and machine heads completely silver-plated, Ring keys, French arms, Offset G, E-Mechanism, C - Foot,...

Yamaha YFL-312 Flute

Flute

3

Intermediate model, Closed key flaps, Pointed Arms, Advanced G, E Mechanics, Sterling silver head piece, Body, feet and key flaps made of nickel...

Yamaha YFL-212SL Flute

Concert Flute

3

School model, Closed keys, Pointed Arm design, Offset G, E Mechanism, Body, head joint, foot and keys made of nickel silver, Lip plate made of...

Yamaha YPC-62 M Piccolo

Piccolo Flute

2

Grenadilla wood body (Dalbergia melanoxylon), Nickel silver headpiece with lip plate made from 100% silver, Stainless steel keys, Silver-plated,...

Pearl Flutes PFB-305BE

Bass Transverse Flute

4

With H-foot and E-mechanics, Body and curved head joint made of nickel silver, Silver-plated, comfortably shaped pointed arms with finger plates...

Pearl Flutes PFB-305E

Bass Transverse Flute

0

With E-mechanics, Body and curved head-joint made of nickel silver, Silver-plated, comfortably shaped pointed arms with finger plates made of fine...

Azumi AZ-Z1RE Flute

Transverse Flute

1

Ring keys, E-Mechanism, Offset G, C-Foot, Nickel silver plated body, 925 Sterling silver lip plate and riser, Handmade ALTUS Z-cut headjoint,...

Yamaha YFL-272 Flute

Transverse flute

9

Student model, Ring keys, Pointed arm design, Offset G, E mechanism, Body, headjoint, foot and keys are made from nickel silver, New shape for the...

Yamaha YFL-222 Flute

Concert Flute

0

School model, Closed keys, Pointed Arm design, Offset G, Without E-mechanics, Body, head joint, foot and keys made of nickel silver, New shape of...

Pearl Flutes PFP-105E Piccolo Flute

Piccolo Flute

7

Grenaditte body and headpiece, "High Wave Style" headpiece, E-Mechanism, Nickel silver mechanism, Silver-plated, Includes accessories and case

Jupiter JPC1100E Piccolo Flute

Piccolo Flute

3

In the key of C, Grenadilla wood headjoint and body, E-mechanism, Mechanism made of nickel silver, Silver plated, Fish skin pad, Conical bore ...

Pearl Flutes PFA 207 ES Alto Flute

Alto Transverse Flute in G

2

Sterling silver head joint and tube, Pointed Arm design, Nickel silver-plated, Closed keys, Offset G, E Mechanism, With straight head joint,...

Azumi AZ-S3 RE

Transverse Flute

0

Ring keys, E-Mechanism, Offset G, C-Foot, Nickel silver plated, 958 Britannia silver body, 925 Sterling silver lip plate and riser, Pointed arm...

Yamaha YFL-312GL Flute

Flute

1

Intermediate model, Closed key flaps, Pointed Arms, Advanced G, E Mechanics, Sterling silver headpiece with gold-plated mouth plate, Body, feet and...

Pearl Flutes PFP-165E Piccolo Flute

Piccolo Flute

3

Grenadite body, Grenadilla wood headpiece, Omnipod pads, E-Mechanism, Nickel silver mechanism, Silver-plated, Includes accessories and case

Yamaha YFL-A421 02 Alto Flute

Alto Transverse Flute in G

0

Head joint, body and foot joint made of gold brass, Lip plate and rise made of sterling silver, Silvered nickel silver keys, Fish skin pads, Incl....

Pearl Flutes Elegante 795 RE - Vigore

Transverse Flute

1

Sterling silver headjoint with 3K gold lip plate, Sterling silver body and footjoint, Nickel silver plated mechanism, Pointed arms, Ring keys,...

Yamaha YFL-212 Set

Yamaha YFL-212 Flute

0

Flute, Student model, Closed keys, Pointed Arms, Advanced G, E-Mechanics, Body, head, foot and keys made of nickel silver, New form of folding...

Philipp Hammig 650/3 Piccolo Flute

Piccolo

0

Smooth headjoint, High-G# key, Grenadilla wood body (Dalbergia Melanoxylon), Grenadilla wood headjoint (Dalbergia Melanoxylon), E mechanism,...

Pearl Flutes PFA 206 EU Alto Flute

Alto Transverse Flute in G

0

Sterling silver head joint, Pointed Arm design, Nickel silver-plated, Closed keys, Offset G, E Mechanism, With curved head joint, Includes case and...

Jupiter JFL700EC-CBox Flute

Concert Flute

1

Nickel silver-plated headjoint, body and mechanism, Silvered lip plate, Chimney of 925 sterling silver, E Mechanism, Closed keys, Includes a...

Yamaha YPC-82 Piccolo

Piccolo Flute

1

E-Mechanism, Grenadilla wood body (Dalbergia melanoxylon), Nickel silver keys, silver-plated, Silver headjoint, Undercut tone holes, Incl. case

Yamaha YPC-81 Piccolo

Piccolo

2

Body and headjoint made of grenadilla wood (Dalbergia melanoxylon), Undercut tone holes, Nickel silver mechanics, Case and accessories included

Muramatsu GX-RBE Flute

Transverse Flute

1

GX Series, Head and body full silver, B Foot, Ring keys, E-Mechanism, Offset, Offset G, Silver-plated flap, Wooden cleaning rod and case (included)

Yamaha YFL-272SL Flute

Flute

4

Student model, Ring keys, Pointed arms, Offset G, E Mechanism, Body, head piece, foot and flaps made of German silver, Mortar plate made of...

Muramatsu GX-CCE Flute

Flute

1

Head and body solid silver, Closed key flaps, E mechanism, Offset, Advanced G, Silvered key flaps, Including Wooden wiper rod and case

Philipp Hammig 650/2 Piccolo Flute

Piccolo

1

Smooth headjoint, Body and headjoint made of grenadilla wood (Dalbergia melanoxylon), E mechanism, Silver-plated nickel silver key system,...

Yamaha YFL-282 Flute

Transverse flute

1

Student model, Ring keys, Pointed arm design, Inline G key, E mechanism, Body, headjoint, foot and keys are made from nickel silver, New shape for...

Pearl Flutes PF-665 E Quantz Flute

Flute

7

Quantz series, Successor model of PF 661 E, Full silver headjoint, Nickel-plated silver body, foot piece and keys, French pointed arms, Closed...

Philipp Hammig 650/3 R Piccolo Flute

Piccolo

2

Reformed headjoint, High-G# key, Grenadilla wood body (Dalbergia melanoxylon), Grenadilla wood headjoint (Dalbergia melanoxylon), E mechanism,...

Yamaha YFL-372 Flute

Transverse Flute

5

Intermediate model, Ring keys, Pointed arms, Offset G, E-Mechanism, Sterling silver headpiece, Body, foot and flap made ​​of nickel...

Pearl Flutes PF-525 E Quantz Flute

Flute

15

Quantz series, Successor model of PF 521 E, Sterling-silver lip plate, Silver-plated, French pointed arms, Closed keys, Offset G, E Mechanism, Case...

Philipp Hammig 650/4 R Piccolo Flute

Piccolo

0

Reformed headjoint, High-G# key, Fully silver-plated keywork, Grenadilla wood body (Dalbergia melanoxylon), Grenadilla wood headjoint (Dalbergia...

Pearl Flutes PF-525 RE Quantz Flute

Transverse Flute

11

Quantz series, Successor model of PF 521 RE, Full Silver lip plate, Silver plated, French pointed arms, Ring keys, Offset G, E-Mechanism, Case and...

Jupiter JFL700WRE Flute

Transverse flute

0

Recommended for children from 7 years of age, Headjoint, body and mechanism are made from silver-plated nickel silver, E mechanism, Ring keys with...

Azumi AZ-Z2E Flute

Flute

2

Closed holes, E-mechanism, Offset G, C-foot, Silver-plated nickel silver body, Handmade ALTUS Z-Cut headpiece from 925 sterling silver, Pointed...

Sankyo CF 401 Flute RBE

Artist transverse flute

0

Solid silver headjoint, tube, footjoint and mechanisms, B-Foot, Drawn tone holes, Ring keys, E mechanism

Altus 1007 ER Transverse Flute

Transverse Flute

0

Ring keys, E-Mechanism, Offset G, C-Foot, Completely handmade, Nickel silver plated mechanism, Headjoint and body from 958 Britannia silver, Drawn...

Muramatsu EX-III-CBE Flute

Flute

2

Solid silver head, Closed keys, E Mechanism, Offset, Offset G, Silver plated body and keys, B foot, Wooden cleaning rod and case (included)

Startone SFL-55 B Flute Blue

Flute

9

Head, body and mechanics made of nickel silver, Completely silvered, E mechanism, Closed flaps, Preferred G, Foot, tube and head joint dyed blue,...

Azumi AZ-Z3RE Flute

Transverse Flute

1

Ring keys, E-Mechanism, Offset G, C-Foot, 925 Sterling silver body, 925 Sterling silver lip plate and riser, Handmade ALTUS Z-cut headjoint from...

Pearl Flutes PF-505 E

Flute

5

Quantz series, Nickel silver body, Head joint and machine heads completely silver-plated, Closed keys, French arms, Offset G, E - Mechanism, C -...

Jupiter JFL700WE C-Loop Flute

C-Loop fFute

1

Suitable for players over 8 years, Silvered headpiece, body and mechanics, Bow with original WAVELINE patent, E mechanism, C foot, Closed key...

Pearl Flutes PF-505 EU Quantz Flute

Flute

0

Quantz series, Curved head piece, Nickel-silver body, Completely silvered headpiece and mechanism, Closed key flaps, Pointed Arms, Advanced G, E...