How to find or buy a flute is a great question for those beginning or even in the middle of their musical flute lessons journey.
I am thrilled to be able to help you in your musical endeavor this week!
Since many sign up with me for lessons before they have a flute, I
will give you a quick, non-confusing but thorough overview about
finding a flute that will be a good choice for you to begin
I will show you more than one way to find one, where to
look.. and of course how much ($).
Where to look?
* An instrument store
* On the internet
* Ask your family
* Ask your friends
1. It really is easy and best to find a great instrument
in an INSTRUMENT STORE, especially if the store has its
own repair facilities. Most stores will guarantee the
condition of the flute for a period of time. Many stores
have rental programs. Renting allows you to try the
flute without making such a big financial commitment.
Many stores have rent-to-own programs.
2. When searching for an affordable flute that is in great
condition, the INTERNET can be both a fabulous place to
look and also a terrifying one.
I have used ONLINE CATALOG STORES a lot here in the USA.
They have never done me wrong.
The flutes come in mint condition and their customer
service is great. You can check out other online stores
as well. Their prices can’t be beat and they also have
a slightly used section, payment plans, etc.
An easy place to look for bargains is E-BAY. This is where
it gets tricky though because it is so hard to check the
condition of the instrument before purchasing. And, you
need to be wary of the ads that show a picture of a
clearly beat-up flute and case but they are trying to
tell you it plays great. Many physical and online stores
also sell on Ebay with guarantees. They are worth
Try your local ads like CRAIGSLIST and online
directories. Many times you will find ads from
someone who has recently re-found their old flute and
has decided to sell it off for some extra cash.
These can be great finds if the flute is still in good
**NOTE: flutes do not appreciate with time.
The older the instrument, the older the mechanism and pads.
Old is not good as far as flutes go.
3. Ask your FAMILY if anyone happens to have a flute
they aren’t using anymore. You’d be surprised at what
people can pull out of their closets. You can offer to
purchase, rent or borrow. Whatever you are comfortable
4. Once you mention to your FRIENDS that you are taking
up flute playing, they will probably remember other
friends or families who have flutes that are not being used.
This is a very economical way to begin playing the flute.
There are so many different brands of flutes that your
head will swim when you start looking. Don’t get caught
up in all the hype over the different brands. There are
many that will suffice for a beginner.
Most beginner flutes are made of nickel and have the
lovely silver sprayed on as a top-coat. This is normal
for beginner flutes. Solid silver ones are very much more
expensive and not necessary when starting out.
If you want my personal preferences, and a quick, direct
recommendation- CLICK HERE
I have tried hundreds of brands and styles and have
definite opinions that are not necessary for the purposes
of this article.
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If you find a flute to purchase in a grocery store or a
discount-quantity warehouse, my advice is to walk away fast.
**BIG PURCHASING TIP
If you live in an area where it is possible to speak to a
knowledgeable representative about different beginner
flutes, do this first before looking at used flutes online.
It will be worth your money to gain a little more
knowledge. You can then note the brands you are
interested in and then go price-shopping online.
I’ll also be teaching you how to check the condition of your flute.
Catch you laters!