How much does a good student flute cost? In my teaching career I have been able to experience many different brands of concert flutes.
When I began playing the flute (about 1981), there weren’t many brands to choose from, and where I lived there were even less choices because the only way to get your hands on a shiny new flute was to order one through an instrument specialty store, wait for it to come and hope for the best!
There have been changes in flute pricing over the years.
You’ll be glad to know that times have changed (thank goodness), and there are many choices nowadays for finding affordable and quality flutes. Although the answer isn’t super cut-and dry as it was a few years ago, and this article will show you why.
Here’s the biggest take-away you can get from this article: everyone seems to have a different idea of the word ‘quality’ nowadays. And, there are getting to be better and better knock-offs with every passing moment. Also, the word ‘student flute’ implies that it is not an upper-level quality flute that is made from solid silver or gold etc.
China has recently started producing flutes. This was kind of worrisome to me at first because these instruments were flimsy, easily broken, and had really weird shaped tone-holes (in the lip-plate). I didn’t really even consider them ‘real flutes’ at all. I called them FLO’s (Flute-Like-Objects). There were so many problems….
BUT, things are looking up as manufacturers adjust the issues for the better.
Bottom-line: If you asked me in 1990’s how much a real, quality student flute would cost I would have said anywhere from $1,000 – $2,800. And, now I would say a good, quality student flute is anywhere from $600 – $2,000.
You may have forgotten that inflation over all these years should have taken these instruments way up into the $6,000 range (at least), but it hasn’t. In fact, it is totally possible to purchase a flute of lower quality material, and still get a pretty good sound because of higher-quality design and workmanship.
New brands are coming out every single day. I’m surprised at the options. It’s kind of exciting to see all of the flute makers really trying to create high quality instruments while paying attention to flute cost at the same time.
YES, that’s a WIN for the flute-learners of the world. This means if we are picky and know what we’re looking for, then we can help foster new beginners in a more affordable way that has ever been possible before.
What brand of flute did you first start on? What was your experience? How many years has it been? What brands of flutes are familiar to you (whether you’ve played them or not)? Let’s keep the conversation going. This is an ongoing subject for sure as time and resourcefulness moves on.