miyazawa pa101 or yamaha yfl361? help anyone?

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miyazawa pa101 or yamaha yfl361? help anyone?

Post by frostshardz »

hmm.... i seriously dunno which one to pick ya? yamaha yfl 361 has a sterling silver headjoint but miya pa101 has a nickel silver one. miya has the french French style pointed tonearms but yamaha does not. miya cost more than the yamaha. if i buy the yamaha, i can pay through installments but if i buy a miya, i cant. i cant play a flute yet so i can "try" to feel which one is better... any help?

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Post by zephyrr »

I'd say miyazawa if u really want a nice warmer tone. i've got a personal grudge against yamaha, sorry, but if you'd like a cheaper flute for now, i guess you should buy the yamaha one, which is not so bad itself.

good luck to learning how to play this instru we all love =)

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Post by fluttiegurl »

Wait until you can play before making a huge investment. I say this simply because you will go through many changes as you progress, and you may have regrets later on if you go all out right now. FInd something somewhat cheap (the Yamaha should serve you for a long time), then when you are ready to make an investment, spend a little more for what you really want and what really makes you sound better. I had a student come to me with a semi-pro flute as a beginner. I can honestly say that she was not ready for such a flute and that it actually held her back, especailly in the tone projection area. Beginner flutes are designed to help you in the beginning stages of playing. After a few years, you should notice an increase in ability that may justify an upgrade. Some players don't see this for three or four years, and then only a modest upgrade to an intermediate model.
I don't have a lot of info on the Miyazawa that you mentioned, but I do know that it is probably an investment that should wait until you can actually tell what you sound like on it. Good luck!

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Post by Phineas »

Always get the best instrument you can afford, but also keep in mind about tastes. The longer you play, the more your tastes will change. You can learn how to play well on any instrument, but you will play better easier, and faster on an instrument that you prefer.

I would play on both of them, side by side, and see which one you like to play on the best at the playing stage you are in.

Now the the "right thing" has be suggested, let me tell you what I would do.

In this world, there lots of different brands of flutes. If I were going to spend my money, I would play on as many differnt flute brands, types and models that I could get my hands on. This will guide you to the instrument you are looking for, plus flute shopping is a lot of fun! You may even wind up like me with a house full of cool lower priced instruments.

You will be surprised how your tastes will change when you REALLY find out what is out there, and how different models play.

Example, I have 2 flutes in particular that are at the top of what I own.
Haynes Standard 1980 HandMade
Buffet International model.1995

The Haynes flute is suppose to be a WAY nicer instrument than the Buffet. If I would have purchased the Haynes new, it would have cost me 3 times the cost of the Buffet. The Buffet for me plays better than the Haynes. This is just an example of what I am talking about.

I guess all I am trying to say is, have some fun, shop around. If those choices are meant for you, you will come back to them. You will however be WAY more informed.


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