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alisonf1972
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Good beginners flute?

Post by alisonf1972 » Thu Apr 01, 2004 11:55 am

Hi all I posted this under another thread but
thought I''d start this one so it''s more obvious [:)] Can you please advise
me of a good beginners flute manufacturer? Also, is it best to have open or
closed holes? I have seen many differing opinions on this subject and am
somewhat confused [:(] Thanks in advance Ali xxx

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Good beginners flute?

Post by woof » Thu Apr 01, 2004 12:50 pm

[quote] ---------------- On 4/1/2004 11:55:12 AM
Hi all [:)] Can you please advise me of a good beginners flute manufacturer?
Also, is it best to have open or closed holes? I have seen many differing
opinions on this subject and am somewhat confused [:(] Thanks in advance Ali xxx
---------------- [/quote] I have a Gemeinhardt 2sp and like it pretty well. It
is a student level flute, sounds pretty good up through the 3rd octave F, G3 and
A3 (no B3 or C4 yet) are are little squeaky but that is me as much as the flute.
The flute has smooth action, is "relatively" inexpensive and is well built.
Yamaha flutes are a little more expensive but are popular, well respected and
seem to be favored somewhat based on responses I have read. Some think it is
better to buy a really good flute with the idea that it will be cheaper in the
long run if you go on, plus it will not limit your playing in any way, and if
you don't carry on --sell it. Seems like good logic if you can afford to pay up
front. If you can try them before you buy them that is a great idea but if you
are at the same experience level as me it would be hard to make any really sound
judgements (pun intended). Good luck with your search- in the end it is more you
than the flute that makes the difference.

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Post by Kendall » Thu Apr 01, 2004 2:52 pm

Brands such as gemeinhardt, armstrong, and yamaha
offer great student models. If you are just planning to play the flute as a
hobby or are using this until you get good enough for a professional model,
there is a few things you want to consider. -silver plated everything(headjoint,
body, foot, keys) is usually the way to go if I'm not mistaken -not too
expensive, I say less than $500 is good -I am a fan of new instruments, used
ones are substantial but your never sure of their backround For a beginner I
would definetly not reccomend open holes because it is generally more expensive
and you would have trouble using them without correct hand position first. Best
of Luck and feel free to ask any other questions, Kendall
Kendall

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Good beginners flute?

Post by powayflute01 » Thu Apr 01, 2004 3:24 pm

I posted a lot of this under the other thread,
but it does make sense to post it here (so if it just sounds like I'm repeating
everything I said...I probably am[:p]) To be honest, I'm not really sure
whether a beginner should buy a closed hole flute and then buy an open hole
flute when you progress, or if you should just buy a open hole flute, plug the
holes and then unplug them when you have your basic fingerings down solid. I
guess if you don't want to spend too much it's probably better to invest in
one really good one that will suit all your needs for years then to buy a
beginner one and an advanced one. As for what KIND of flute to get...it depends.
I had an Armstrong and it suited all my needs as an aspiring flautist quite
well. Geminhardts are quite popular and make a good beginner or intermediate
flute. I would not recommed Jupiter, but that's just my personal experience.
Some people love Jupiters. Artly flutes are quite similar to Armstrongs and make
pretty good beginner flutes as well.
Haha, this one is my favorite: :shock:
[size=75]I <3 LXA[/size]

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Good beginners flute?

Post by Cleartone » Thu Apr 01, 2004 3:27 pm

Sounds like everyone has given you great advice.
Here are a few extras. Stay with a plateau flute with an offline G. Many
professionals still use them and if I just playing clasical I think I would
consider using only a plateau flute. Also don't get a flute with a low B. if
you are beginning stick with just the C. sometimes the extra weight of the b
will cause leakage around the foot joint that may cause you some problems in
other areas. I know some may disagree with me on this point, but the B is hardly
used with conventional music and after you have reached a good all around low C
and are feeling OK with your higher range, that will be the time to upgrade to a
better flute. I can remember when b's first came out. There is a big clue to
how long I have been playing. many people use the gizmo key(like me) when
playing high C and above, but this is something a beginner shouldn't have to
worry about. Having a solid flute with no leaks and good pad seals should be
your main concern.

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Post by Kendall » Thu Apr 01, 2004 5:28 pm

I agree about the C foot, but I love using the
gizmo key! And I have a proffesional pearl with an off-line G
Kendall

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Post by dancingflutist3000 » Thu Apr 01, 2004 9:30 pm

I have a Gemeinhardt 2sp and it's very lovely
and works for me. It wasn't my first flute but alot of fellow flute player have
used it as their first flute. It is closed hole offset G (if you don't know
what that means ask) and C foot.
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