Another newcomer to the Boehm system -- I already play (not professionally, just as an amateur) a 6-key conical which I love to bits and decided that it might be fun to try a Boehm as well because of the higher range. (I can only get up to about the range of a middling Baroque flute on my conical, so two octaves above the low D and a note or two beyond.) My 6-key is a Copley D in Delrin, and my new Boehm is a Viento 208 plateau-key -- less than half the cost of my Copley so a nice, simple student model.
I greatly prefer the more meaty sound of the conical flute but am curious as to how far I can push the Boehm one into a more raucous sound once I get used to it. The bore seems to make it easier to get up high but a little harder to get a thick, dark sound out of the low end. Also, the fingering seems to make flat keys easier, and I love the long G# lever and the fact that I can get a Bb with my bottom hand. It's hard at this early stage to tell whether I like the conical better because I actually like it better or because I just know how to play it better. It should be fun to explore and see what happens.
I also play piano and pedal harp, like to compose and arrange, and especially like Baroque and Romantic music and opera tunes. Nice to meet you all -- now I'm off to read up and look around.