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My FAVORITE Metronome for flutists.Β 

You can still hear it while playing your flute.Β  πŸ™‚
Yamaha QT1 Quartz Metronome, Teal



My favorite cleaning cloth! Β Seriously, it’s fabulous!!

Favorite Flute Silk Swab

Β $ 7 – $11 depending


Flute Lip Plate Patches! This is for those who are allergic to the metals in your flute.

">Flute Lip Plate Patches


This is a really great tuner. Β I have two of them!

Korg Chromatic Tuner

flute tuner






This is the Pneumo Pro – one of the tools I use for those who need a little extra help with beginning blowing. Β $29.95
Pneumo Pro Wind Director Practice Tool

Pneumo Pro for learning flute







This is my favorite Manhasset Music Stand. Β They’re not very expensive, and are so awesome!Β 

They even come in cool colors! Β $39.95 on up

Manhasset Music Stands for flutists







This flute stand is THEEEE BEST! Β You need one.

On Stage Flute Stand






Here’s a fabulous flute at a seriously great price. I do recommend it:

Pearl PF500

Pearl Flute 500 in Case







Jupiter 511S Flute

Jupiter Flute 511







(lowest price and quality but plays well)

Hallelu Silver Plated Flute

Hallelu Flute Image







What else do you want to see?

Email me your suggestions:


  • Ron Sims

    Reply Reply March 18, 2014

    Rebecca, thanks for advice on acquiring a good beginner’s flute!!!

    I’m about to travel right across Australia, west to east (from Perth to Sydney) I’ll go looking for my flute in Sydney in about 5 weeks from now.
    More ‘culture’ there, than in the west??!!
    Really excited!!!


    Ron Sims

    • RebeccaFuller

      Reply Reply March 28, 2014

      Happy traveling, Ron!! -Rebecca

      • Nadereh nilforoushan

        Reply Reply June 6, 2014

        Hi Rebecca,

        I am between two flute brand and I would like your advise please

        1- sankyo 401

        2- powell sonare 709

        Which one should I buy?! I ave been playing for six month and have a Yamaha but don’t like the sound!


        • RebeccaFuller

          Reply Reply June 6, 2014

          Hi Nadereh, both of these flutes you have mentioned here (Sankyo and Powell) are miles and miles above the Yamaha brand. You will do very well with either one. When I help people test for a new flute I have them go through a series of scales, tone studies, and solos while they switch from flute to flute. I don’t know if you have the luxury of testing them both at the same time. Usually when purchasing a higher level flute such as these, you are able to test them for a period of time – or you can do it in the store you are purchasing from. Let me know if you have more questions. I am super excited for you and your “to be new flute”. πŸ™‚ Rebecca

    • Jill Kudera

      Reply Reply October 30, 2014

      I am re learning on my daughters flute (Bundy) that was my flute as a little girl so that explains how old it is! I will be looking for a new flute in the future, after I prove to myself that I will not only be able to learn again but also stick with it! I remember as a girl I used to always want an open holed flute (don’t even know if that’s the correct terminology!) but I think it was only because that’s what the cool kids had! At any rate what is your opinion between these two? Thanks Jill

      • RebeccaFuller

        Reply Reply November 3, 2014

        Hi Jill, yay! We’re happy you’ve come to learn. I actually had a Bundy a loooooong time ago. I now know that they are kind of at the bottom of the flute totem-pole. If you can get your hands on a new flute you’ll find it lots more fun to play. Email me and I’ll tell you what I recommend for your age and level. Happy for you! ~ Rebecca

      • Dianna Lee

        Reply Reply March 7, 2016

        Rebecca, what flute do you use?

  • Elaine RInne

    Reply Reply September 14, 2014

    Hi, I just sent you an email looking for this page and I found it. Ignore that email. I bought the Korg chromatic tuner and the silk swab cleaners and they are the best. Today I am going to purchase th elfute stand, the Manhassett music stand and the Yahama Quartz metronome. I love that you share the things the things that are your favorites. Thank you!
    Elaine RInne

    • RebeccaFuller

      Reply Reply September 15, 2014

      Hi Elaine, I’m glad you found this page again. I actually have a “flute toolbox” I’m putting on the intermediate site. It’ll show you all of my favorite things for flute. It’s in cue, and should be out within a month. I am so happy you are still doing so well. For anyone reading this, you can find the intermediate site at: πŸ™‚ Rebecca

  • John Sutherland

    Reply Reply November 28, 2014

    Hello Rebecca,

    I’m very excited to have begun your online training. It is going very well so far and I am enjoying the quick progression. I haven’t played since I was 16. It is now 40 years later so I’m keen to catch up with lost time.
    Just a question.
    I see you are not a fan of the Yamaha line of flutes.
    Do you feel the same way about the professional 700 and 800 series?

    • RebeccaFuller

      Reply Reply December 1, 2014

      Hi John, glad to have you here. Actually, the higher line of Yamaha flutes are very good (Advanced line is awesome). The student models.. not so much. There are much, much better student models out there. I could probably line up the brands according to my favorites and least favorites, but it always depends on what is available to a student. A flute in good condition of any brand is better than no flute at all.. for sure. πŸ™‚

  • John Sutherland

    Reply Reply December 2, 2014

    Thanks for the good advice Rebecca. I’m just back from the music store with a new Yamaha FLW777 HCT and I’m excited to get back to work with your lessons. The 777 seems a little more demanding than the 221, that I had rented for a few days, but the sound is just so much richer and fuller and the instrument, a real pleasure to hold.


    • RebeccaFuller

      Reply Reply December 4, 2014

      Awesome. Happy you have found a great flute. The more advanced the flute, the “easier” it should play. Actually, the better the player the better the flute will sound. Keep it up, can’t wait to watch you progress. πŸ™‚ ~ Rebecca

  • Elaine RInne

    Reply Reply December 13, 2014

    Hi Rebecca,
    Would you recommend the Pneumo pro wind director for an adult to help with tone? Just curious. I am working hard on that tone. I saved the tone practices from the Gold Level Modules and still practice using them. Or is the wind director just for children?

    • RebeccaFuller

      Reply Reply December 15, 2014

      Hi Elaine, good question. You don’t need the Pneumo pro at the stage you are at (intermediate). You will benefit greatly from this tool though: It’s a breath builder – it’ll be best if I take you through a set of exercises for it. Great idea for a mini-course all about breathing. Here’s the link to the tool:

  • Erica Strohan

    Reply Reply December 30, 2014

    Hi Rebecca!
    I’ve had a flute for a bit and never got around to playing it. Recently I found your online courses and completed them (the silver) in a few days. I was wondering if the brand of flute I own is a good one or not; it is a gemeinhardt. Thanks in advance!

    • RebeccaFuller

      Reply Reply December 30, 2014

      Hi Erica, thanks for the question. It all depends on which exact model of Gemeinhardt you have, but I will say that the tone hole is usually pretty small compared to a couple of the other brands I love. (small tone) If it is in good condition, you can learn on it for a while until you decide to look at another brand. Good luck, and Have fun! ~ Rebecca

      • Linda Morse

        Reply Reply January 3, 2017

        What do you mean by tone hole? I am trying to learn on a student model gemeinhardt that my daughter used in middle & high school. (She is 40 now.) Also, while over 5 feet, I am finding the distance from the lip plate to the keys a bit of a stretch and am considering trying a curved head joint for comfort. How does the curved head joint affect tone quality?

        • RebeccaFuller

          Reply Reply January 7, 2017

          Hi Linda, thanks for the comment here. I actually just did a LIVE facebook video on this exact subject yesterday. Did you catch it? I show you the different sizes of flutes you can use and what they all sound like (they sound great). If you are super duper small then you can go to a curved head flute, but if you’re taller than the average size of a 10 year old then you can get used to the straight flute no problem.
          BTW the tone hole is the hole you blow into on the head joint. Let me know if you have any other questions. I’d love to point you in the right direction. ~Rebecca

          • Linda Morse

            January 8, 2017

            Thanks, Rebecca. I went and watched it. I am working on getting used to the straight head joint, but good to know the curved head joint is an option. I notice that when I use the straight head, my left wrist is cocked upward a lot more than yours appears to be in the videos (70 to 90 degrees) and my left arm feels about 2 inches too short. I usually have to stop and shake it. I’ll experiment with position and if all else fails, I can always order the curved head joint. :-}

          • RebeccaFuller

            January 9, 2017

            Yes, experiment for sure. But, remember also to relax your elbows down more so that you don’t have tension in your muscles. Also, you do NOT need to have your left hand first finger nice and square on the key. It kind of pushes from an angle. That may help you also. Keep it up~ Rebecca

  • marizon van zonneveld

    Reply Reply May 9, 2015

    Hello Rebecca,
    Thank you for your online lessons! I just started and I’m having so much fun. Your lessons are very helpful. I wanted to play the flute for a long time, I also play the piano, harp and recorder for many years. Skipping the lessons about note reading, I’m sure you don’t mind…
    I wanted to ask you what you think about my flute brand. I’m playing an Emerson Alpha one, I bought it second hand. I like the sound in the lower register, not too happy about the high notes, but that could be lacking of experience of course πŸ˜‰ What do you think?
    Also, one of the keys is leaking. I can adjust it with a little screw, but every now and then it needs to be adjusted again. Is this something I need to get repaired soon?

    • RebeccaFuller

      Reply Reply May 14, 2015

      Hi Marizon, I’m happy you’re here learning. It’s so much fun!
      About your flute, the Emerson’s aren’t known for being very durable, but if in really good condition you can play well. I’d have to have a lesson with you to see for sure about those high notes. But, if you’re sure you have a leaky key I’d get it fixed first. Also, are you going through my lessons so you learn how to make the high notes easy?

  • Manikantan

    Reply Reply June 24, 2015

    Hi Rebecca.
    How about purchase of bamboo flute.In India most of people use only bamboo flutes.

    • RebeccaFuller

      Reply Reply June 30, 2015

      Hi Manikandan, The bamboo flute is beautiful, I agree. It is not the flute we are using in this online course though. We are using the ‘classical’ or ‘concert’ flute. Oftentimes called the ‘silver’ or ‘western’ flute. I have many students in India who are studying with me. You have to go to an instrument store that has concert/orchestral instruments to find one if you cannot order online. Thanks for your interest. πŸ™‚ ~ Rebecca

  • Chaya Rosenberg

    Reply Reply August 26, 2015

    I’ve always wanted to learn flute, and recently my aunt pulled her old one out of the attic for me. It’s a Bundy that clearly hasn’t been touched for years. I can’t afford a new flute just yet, but is it worth the money to get this one fixed up?

    • RebeccaFuller

      Reply Reply August 31, 2015

      Hi Chaya, this is a really great question. You’ll be interested to hear that I first learned on an old Bundy that we had ‘fixed-up’. I’ll give you my professional opinion (and from lots of experience) that if I could have afforded a better brand and a newer flute my life would have been so much better. The Bundy brand is pretty much the bottom of the totem pole.. Email me for a current suggestion – I’m always watching prices of the better flutes.

  • Olga Anthony

    Reply Reply September 14, 2015

    Hi Rebecca, how does an Artley 18-0 serial 404551 rate for starting over from the beginning? I had it refurbished about a year ago and don’t want to buy an upgrade until I prove to be a worthy student and stay committed to your lessons, which I am thoroughly enjoying. So far so good, have one more module before I start my Gold!

    • RebeccaFuller

      Reply Reply September 19, 2015

      Hi Olga, as long as your flute is in really great condition you’ll be fine until you feel you know how to play better than your flute will allow.
      I can’t wait to see you in the modules. πŸ™‚

  • Diane

    Reply Reply September 14, 2015

    September 14, 2015

    Good morning,

    I am not a complete beginner. I took lessons for about two years. 2010 – 2013 approximately. The flute I have is a Yahama . I don’t know
    If it is a student model. The body of the flute says YAMHA ESTABLISHED IN 1887. MADE IN JAPAN. THEN THE SERIAL NIMBER.

    My teacher moved to another city and we lost contact. We were working on long tones, note reading, fingerings, and scales. I tend to roll
    the flute in to correct tone.

    I have the equipment you suggest music stand, etc. The pneumo pro help with air direction.

    I like the comment section this way we can meet our class mates. I do not use any social media. My computer is the I PAD IOS 8. 4. 1
    Do you have us give weekly progress? Do you have students in Michigan?

    Awaiting your reply,

    Breath control was a big problem. I could play for six quarter notes and I was out of air. I learned I gave all the air out in the very beginning with nothing left to finish. I lack skills note reading and fingerings In the high and lower octave. For some reason D# or Eb is easy

    • RebeccaFuller

      Reply Reply September 19, 2015

      Hi Diane, it’s nice to hear from you. I’m glad you are here to learn. I think you’ll have a good time. I teach a lot of skills that you will really find helpful to your flute development.
      Your Yamaha could be a student model. Without knowing the model number I’m not sure, but just know that as long as it is in good condition it’ll be just great for learning on.
      I do have loads of students from Michigan. Fun Fun.

  • Missy

    Reply Reply December 26, 2015

    I am just starting and would love to know the difference in an open and closed flute?

  • John Lake

    Reply Reply January 11, 2016

    Good morning Rebecca
    I have a Yamaha model 220 that I bought in ’09. I practiced for a couple of years with a local teacher but during some personal problems, dropped the learning until recently. I had the flute serviced in the summer as it had sat in its box a long time and it plays well until I blow an E flat and to make it sound sort of ok, I have to turn the mouthpiece slightly towards me. The note lacks any timbre even though the tuner shows it’s in tune. Any suggestions? I should say that I’m back to being a beginner so it is likely me that’s the problem.
    Regards John
    Rossland BC

    • RebeccaFuller

      Reply Reply January 13, 2016

      Hi John, it sounds like you are in a perfect position to go through the Gold Level here on my website. You’ll catch up with the skills you’re missing and go even beyond. Yes, it is a problem to have your mouthpiece turned slightly towards you for the fact that you’ll end up learning to play with your face pulled ‘back’ which will mess up your embouchure. I show you how to stay in the right position in the lessons. I hope you are moving through them. Let me know if you have any questions. Rebecca

  • Patrick Bryant

    Reply Reply January 23, 2016

    Hi Rebecca, and thanks so much for putting these lessons out there!
    I picked up my first flute ‘way back in 1972 or so because I wanted to be as cool as Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull. I never took any lessons – just picked up a used flute at a local music store and started blowing. You can probably imagine what that sounded like. Then, while in the Navy, I met my wife after a mutual friend, without asking me, told her that I was a flute teacher (I had casually mentioned to him that I OWNED a flute while we were in boot camp together). She didn’t learn much flute from me, but we’re celebrating our 40th anniversary in June anyway.
    Now, nearing my 63rd birthday, I’ve purchased a used open-hole Gemeinhardt. The flute plays much better than I do, but I am making good progress, due in no small part to my good fortune in finding your site.
    Anyway, thanks again for these great lessons, and thanks for taking the time to read my story!
    All the best!
    Patrick Bryant

    • RebeccaFuller

      Reply Reply February 2, 2016

      Hi Patrick, I really like Ian Anderson also. I’m glad you picked up a flute and just ‘went for it’. I’m happy you are re-learning. It’s awesome. I’ll be seeing you very soon in another lesson! πŸ™‚ Rebecca

  • Geraldine

    Reply Reply March 2, 2016

    Hi Rebecca, Thanks for these tips on buying my first flute, and all the other helpful student questions and answers.

    I have one more question for you. I learnt fife and descant recorder as a teen with the right hand on top – the tail piece on the recorder was “ambidexterous” – the double holes for C were the same size and could be faced either way.

    I tried swapping my hands (and brain pathways) in prep for learning the flute, and I find that I often revert to the left-handed fingering unconsciously (till I hear the awful noise).

    Since I am 67 and only learning flute for the fun of it (it’s a bucket list thing), I was thinking of buying a left-handed flute, especially because my right hand is so weak and stiff now and I can’t support it properly with my right thumb or reach the low C roller.

    What are your thoughts please?

    • RebeccaFuller

      Reply Reply March 5, 2016

      Interesting, Interesting Geraldine. This is probably one time when a left-handed flute would be perfect. If I were you, I would call the company first and ask if you can just ‘try’ it. In case you do find a benefit that outweighs for you.
      If you were a ‘youngster’ I would just have you tough it out and within a few weeks it would be no problem.
      Interesting decision. I have over 300 pages of comments on my site, and this is the first of this exact kind.
      Let me know what you do. I’d love to share the knowledge!

  • Joshua P Mullet

    Reply Reply May 21, 2016

    Hi Rebecca! I got a used Gemeinhardt 22 SP from a local music store. I have time to return if you think it’s not a great choice.


    • RebeccaFuller

      Reply Reply May 27, 2016

      If it’s in really good condition, you’ll be fine, but there are other brands that are much better. The Gemeinhardt doesn’t have that big bold sound that a couple of the other student flutes do. I always hesitate to give too much opinion on this though because everyone’s lips are different, and we can all play if the flute is in really great condition. πŸ™‚ Rebecca

  • Musa

    Reply Reply July 20, 2016

    Hello, Rebbeca
    I was just wondering if you could give me advise on which flute to buy
    I’m into two flutes
    1-Axiom flute cover
    2-Hallelu HAFL 300

    • RebeccaFuller

      Reply Reply July 21, 2016

      Hi Musa, of those two flutes you mention here I have used the Hallelu 300. It is a nice sounding flute, and is a very low price. If it it arrives in great condition and you keep it very well (clean and put away daily) then it will last you. Good choice. πŸ™‚ Rebecca


    Reply Reply September 14, 2016


    • RebeccaFuller

      Reply Reply September 14, 2016

      Hi Aalap, thank you for this message. I am unfamiliar with this Pluto brand since we don’t have the same availability here in the US as you do in India. If it is a new flute and in mint condition when it arrives you should be just fine. I think you’ll have a good time learning to play the flute. See you in the lessons soon! πŸ™‚ ~Rebecca

  • Pierre

    Reply Reply December 15, 2016


    Since you mention Pearl 500 as a good flute i presume you have the same opinion about the pearl 665.
    i hesitate between the sonare 51 or the pearl 665.
    witch one is your favorite ?
    thank you

    • RebeccaFuller

      Reply Reply December 22, 2016

      Hi Pierre, yes I really like the Pearl 665 also. It’s a good step-up flute. If you can afford the 665 I would choose it over the sonare. Thanks for asking. πŸ™‚ Good luck!! ~Rebecca

  • Linda Morse

    Reply Reply January 19, 2017

    Hi Rebecca.
    Just thought I’d let you know that my arms must have grown some. The straight head joint is not nearly so uncomfortable not. Still have to stretch every 5 minutes, but definitely getting better.

    Also, wanted to let you know about a product I found that helps keep the flute from slipping. It is called Protec flute lip plate patches. They are transparent and seem to be some sort of plastic or latex. I put one on my lip plate and used one for the balance point under my left hand first finger. Really helps and doesn’t show up like the moleskin.

  • Peter Bradley

    Reply Reply February 16, 2017


    In my enthusiasm and before seeing this page, I went online an ordered a Etude Model EFL-100 Student Flute. (I’m waiting for it to arrive.) Will that work for a pure beginner? I am looking forward to getting started.

    • RebeccaFuller

      Reply Reply February 21, 2017

      Hi Peter, if the flute you’ve ordered is in mint condition and properly put together, then you’ll be great! We are looking forward to you joining us in the lessons also. See you soon! ~Rebecca

  • Rory Maetche

    Reply Reply March 11, 2017

    Hi Rebecca. I am the worship leader in our local church. I am mainly a drummer and I lead the vocals from behind the drum kit. However,along the way have become quite proficient on my acoustic guitar as well. We have a 6 piece band that plays contemporary gospel and we’re melding nicely and sounding quite polished. I played the flute in junior high school band (which was MANY years ago) and have recently purchased an Academy from a local pawn shop. Sitting down with your first 5 modules has so far proven very frustrating and I think maybe I’ve wasted my money on an instrument that JUST WON’T PLAY?! I can’t even get to the A or G in hot cross buns!! Haha! Should I bother even trying to mess with this cheap instrument, or plan on purchasing a better quality? Or could it possibly be my “attack” on it? I hesitate to advance in your program without even succeeding in the initial modules.

    • RebeccaFuller

      Reply Reply March 11, 2017

      Hi Rory, thanks for the comment. Congratulations on your success in bringing music into your congregation. That’s awesome. To answer your question about your flute.. yes, you need a new flute. The brand you mention isn’t one that will help you, and since it’s old and out of condition, it’ll cost more than a new flute to repair. You’ll find the money put into even a decent quality flute will be well worth it. Oh.. and check out my Gospel Hymns course and Club. You’ll be able to do cool things in church. See you soon! ~Rebecca

  • Anne-Marie

    Reply Reply May 1, 2017

    Hi Rebecca, I just discovered your website. I am looking at an Azumi. Do you have any experience with that flute?

    • RebeccaFuller

      Reply Reply May 2, 2017

      Hi Anne-Marie, yes, I know the Azumi flutes well. If it is in great condition it is a very good flute to learn on. There are different models/makes, and condition is the most important. Good luck! ~Rebecca

  • B Rossouw

    Reply Reply May 31, 2017

    Hi Rebecca,

    My daughter is now grade 5 level,and want to buy a flute that kan keep her for at least 10 years.(Was hiring until now)
    Do you know this brand?

    Viento FL300RH Flute

    Christina Xu, former flutist with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, has developed an excellent line of flutes for the beginner through to the advanced player.

    Made with high precision, Viento flutes have a pure tone and easy playability.

    Each flute comes with a 3 year written guarantee.

    Features of this Viento FL 300 RH Flute are:

    β€’ Sterling Silver (,925) head joint, body and foot joint
    β€’ Keys beautifully Silver Plated and beautifully engraved
    β€’ Open Holes
    β€’ B – Foot
    β€’ Split E mechanism
    β€’ Offset – G key


    • RebeccaFuller

      Reply Reply May 31, 2017

      Hi Beulah, thanks for the question here. The Viento brand is one of those in the ‘new brands’ (usually China made and lower quality) category since it’s not one of the main ‘standard’ brands. I haven’t used this brand, so I’m not able to vouch for its quality. If it is in mint condition you’ll probably do just fine on it for a while though. Glad you found a flute. Happy learning! See you soon. πŸ™‚ ~Rebecca

  • Joy

    Reply Reply June 4, 2017

    Hi, Rebecca,

    I have just signed up for the silver level lessons because I ‘inherited’ a flute from my daughter. I just skimmed the comments, but I didn’t see this brand listed there. It’s an Armstrong; 103 is impressed under the name. Would this be a good starting flute?

    • RebeccaFuller

      Reply Reply June 7, 2017

      Yes Joy, the Armstrong is a beginner student flute. It’s one of the lower ‘band brands’ and will do just fine for you if it is in great condition. Excited for you to learn! πŸ™‚

  • Caz Livingstone

    Reply Reply December 21, 2017

    Hi Rebecca, thanks for all the awesome content you have made available to everyone. I’m so glad I found you. What do you think of this flute model:

    The engraving on the main body (largest) reads

    Buffet Crampon
    Cooper Scale

    The head of the flute has engraved 228.

    I’ve played wind instruments since age 7, started with the old penny whistle, then a beat up old flute, then I bought this one and also a set of bamboo panpipes; I’ve had this flute now for over 30 years, did not play it for 15 years after starting advanced lessons, and then decided to go for it recently.

    I sent it in for a complete overhall, new flute pads, joint alignments the whole toot, and wow its played better then it ever did. I love the tone and it flows so easily.

    But I think its still a student flute? If so, then next year I am going to make a plan to invest in an advance flute, and the sound of the flute is very important to me.

    Do you have any recommendations for an intermediate to advanced player? If I am going to invest I want one that will be with me forever.

    Thanks again and God Bless.

    • RebeccaFuller

      Reply Reply December 22, 2017

      Hi Caz, thanks for asking about your flute here. There are many brands nowadays, and there are still a few that have stood the test of time. When you start playing on a higher level, the flute-choosing becomes pretty personal (like a very tight pair of pants). You want it to fit just right. I can definitely hook you up with someone who will send you several of the ‘good brands and models’ to fit your goals/budget/playing ability. You’ll have to email me when you’re positive you’re ready. Intermediate flutes range anywhere from $1400 – $2800 and Advanced flutes usually start around $3200 – $5500+. I hope this gives you an idea of what to look forward to. New flutes are the best! I’m glad you got your old friend-flute working again. And, I’m glad you’re here learning. See you again soon! ~Rebecca

  • Russ Schuett

    Reply Reply December 24, 2017

    Hi Rebecca,

    I recently purchased a Nuvo Student Flute. It is made from ABS plastic. After buying, I came across your lessons and have started the silver level lessons.

    After reading your recommendations, I’m wondering if I should return it and get one of the models you recommend.

    Do you have any experience with this flute? Would I be better off with a metal flute? Any insights you can share are much appreciated!


    • RebeccaFuller

      Reply Reply December 28, 2017

      Hi Russ, I have played the Nuvo flutes. They work pretty well! It’s not quite the same as a silver one, but you can definitely learn on it very well. The Nuvo flutes have a cool feature that care for them is different – you can even dunk them in a swimming pool, and they’ll be just fine. Haha, they are perfect for marching band flutists who have to stand out in the rain. I think you should keep it. If you run across something that makes you feel you need a silver one, let me know. I’d be curious. The tone won’t be as “deep”, but you can get a different flute when you are on a much higher level. Great question here. Thanks for sharing. Let us know how it goes. πŸ™‚ ~Rebecca

      • Russ Schuett

        Reply Reply December 28, 2017

        Thanks for the reply! I am glad to hear that you don’t think this instrument will impact my progress. I had watched several You Tube videos of the Nuevo and liked the sound many of these players were able to achieve.

        Since my original question, I found a cheaper price posted on Amazon which Musician’s Friend price matched for me so I was able to save over $100 over the list price on this model. πŸ™‚ (The price is no longer active) So, I really lucked out!

        Will keep you posted on how everything goes…

        Thanks again,

  • Andrea

    Reply Reply February 5, 2018

    I made it through the Silver modules and so much is coming back!! I have learned more about “spitting” and tone than I ever learned in band 35+ years ago. Thank you for your calm, clear manner of presenting. I feel so encouraged to try my best. I am using a well-preserved Artley Symphony 77-0. I’m hoping this will serve my needs well for a bit. What brand might be the next step up in quality to consider, when I’m ready? Also, the only problem I find is when you showed how to insert the back end of the cleaning tool into the head. The line is nearer the top of the hole than the center. I can’t move the cork so I will take it to my local music store and see if they can fix it Would this be why my tone is flat compared to yours when just blowing on the head? My notes when playing the songs seemed on key.

    • RebeccaFuller

      Reply Reply February 8, 2018

      Hi Andrea, so great that you are here learning. You’re right, there is definitely quite a bit of information missing from the band courses. The band teachers have quite a challenging job, don’t they? Yes, I’d take your flute to a local technician (hopefully a good one). It’s pretty standard for sales reps to intervene and talk you into a new instrument while you’re there. (not always a bad thing) Yes, this is probably why you sounded flat compared to me on the head joint exercises. There are many brands to consider – have you already checked out the “How to Choose a Flute” page I have? There is a lot of information there that will arm you with knowledge for when you step foot into a store. Excited for you and your progress. πŸ™‚ ~Rebecca

  • Amy

    Reply Reply March 28, 2018

    Hi Rebecca,
    I have been considering buying a used Yamaha Allegro 371. I like it so much better than my Artley. Considering what you have mentioned about Yamaha, do you think I should still consider it or keep looking? I was also wondering what your hesitations are, or things to beware of in a Yamaha? Thanks for all your great info!

    • RebeccaFuller

      Reply Reply March 30, 2018

      Hi Amy, yes the Yamaha Allegro is a much higher level than the student Artleys. It all comes down to its condition also. If it’s new you’ll have some great fun. Yamaha isn’t my perfectly favorite brand, but there are many others that rank much much lower. If you love it, go for it. Try it before you buy it though. (and several others) ~Rebecca

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