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Please help - Repair or Purchase

Post by ElseaSparkle » Mon Jul 29, 2019 1:11 pm

Hi. I read the other responses to repair or replace, but I need additional guidance.
I have a Selmer-Bundy (student) flute that is 50 years old. Do I bring it up to speed - it leaks air so probably needs new pads - it has never had pads replaced. Two brands I have looked at on Amazon are the Lazarro nickel-plated 120-NK for 79.00 or an Aileen Lexington silverplated for 119.00.
If I have to spend more than 100.00 to replace the pads, then I would probably buy new. I've called repair shops, but nobody wants to give me any information over the phone without bring the Bundy in, and the shops are quite a drive away.
What do you think? Thank you!

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Re: Please help - Repair or Purchase

Post by pied_piper » Mon Jul 29, 2019 7:54 pm

Don't waste your money buying a new flute that costs much less than $500. Better student flutes will cost close to $1000. If you buy a $100 new flute, you are essentially buying a disposable flute that might last you a year or less. Bundy Flutes were work horses of their day, but now there are much better flutes available. At 50 years of age, your Bundy likely needs some TLC, but it may be a better investment to just buy a good working used flute. However, buying used flutes online can be risky because it could also need lots of work. If you can't spend over $500, I would recommend visiting the nearest music store or repair shop to see what used instruments they might have for sale. If you buy from them you are getting a guarantee that it is in good playing condition and you won't get that with used instruments online. Look for something like a Yamaha 200 series flute (211, 221, 222, etc). New, those sell for close to $1000 but good used ones are often available under $500.
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Re: Please help - Repair or Purchase

Post by Fluitekruid » Tue Jul 30, 2019 1:35 am

I agree with pied-piper. In your case, I would also have a look at second hand Azumi-flutes. Even the cheapest among them have quality keys and I find their tone at least as nicely balanced as Yamaha-flutes and they sound signifcantly sweeter to me.

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