Thanks, Pied Piper! The flute arrived and I love it. It is an open holed flute and I caused quite a debate on Facebook when I asked about how soon I should pull the plugs. Lots of different opinions. Ultimately, I decided to just pull them all and force myself to get used to all of the open holes from the start. My teacher agreed that this was the way to go. So now I am off to the races.