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libby04
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Post by libby04 » Sun Feb 22, 2004 11:33 pm

hello all, i''m new here [:)] I was wondering if
anyone could suggest a flute for college..i''ve been on this awful gemeinhardt
for a few years and i''m thinking it won''t make it to college. thanks [;)]
elizabeth

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embum79
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Post by embum79 » Sun Feb 22, 2004 11:55 pm

There are so many flutes out there to try. I would
suggest you do some research about different flute companies and try out as many
as you can. I'm not sure what your budget is, but flute companies vary on the
pricing and what you get for your buck. The only way you will know whether you
will fit with the flute is if you try it. Do you have a flute teacher? He/she
would probably be able to give you some guidance on where to look. A good
website to use is fluteworld.com. I believe they let people try out flutes
before they buy. Good luck!
Cheers,
Emily

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Post by FluteDiddy » Mon Feb 23, 2004 8:34 am

I would highly recommend a trip to a flute fair or a
large dealer that has many demos for you to try. Where you live and what your
budget allows are very important. Not knowing how serious you are about your
future as a flutist and what your budget will allow it is difficult to get too
specific. For someone in college that can get the money together you eliminate
most of the names you usually hear. Dont waste time trying Gemeinhardt, Yamaha,
Pearl, Armstrong, Emerson, Jupiter etc. First test Muramatsu, Powell, Miyazawa,
Haynes(in midst of a corporate takeover), Altus and then some smaller companies
that maybe more difficult to demo. These flutes new will set you back $3K and up
new and are for the serious college student or professional. Even their beginner
lines that maybe plated are better than all silver models of the previous
mentioned companies. (remember we are talking opinion here) If you let us know
your general location and budget, we can be more specific over what you should
do.
F-Diddy the Man with the Purple flute

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Post by fluteluversmom » Mon Feb 23, 2004 8:52 am

Hi~ I don't know if you plan on a flute major in
college or not, but I have read that it is a good idea to talk to your professor
to see what they would recommend. I know that my daughters teacher bought a new
Muramatsu when heading off to college only to find out that her teacher doesn't
like it and recommends she get a Haynes. The link below is from Larry Krantz's
site. It is a survey concerning college entrance expectations among college
teachers/professors. Towards the bottom of the survey... the question of what
flute should a college freshman be playing is asked.
http://www.larrykrantz.com/entrance.htm Kim
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days you catch the bus and other days it runs over you.

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Post by embum79 » Tue Feb 24, 2004 6:17 pm

I find it kind of silly that a teacher would say
he/she doesn't like your flute and tell you to get another one. Especially if
you're comparing flutes with similar qualities (and after spending a lot of
money!)
Cheers,
Emily

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Post by fluteluversmom » Tue Feb 24, 2004 6:44 pm

Emily~ I agree :)I think that there are a few
teachers out there like that though in fact I met one for myself just last year.
I think in general people are brand loyal and the older you get the more set in
your ways you get also. Kim [quote] ---------------- On 2/24/2004 6:17:51 PM I
find it kind of silly that a teacher would say he/she doesn't like your flute
and tell you to get another one. Especially if you're comparing flutes with
similar qualities (and after spending a lot of money!) ---------------- [/quote]
Some
days you catch the bus and other days it runs over you.

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Post by AG950Flute » Wed Feb 25, 2004 12:30 am

You also may want to consider waiting until you get
to college to get a new flute. I know that I went under a lot of changes my
first year of college, and sometimes a flute or headjoint will play great in
your "old" style of playing but not in a new or changed way. Also, get input
from your new teacher about what flutes are good. Most importantly, have a set
budget of what you're thinking about spending. There's no point in falling in
love with a 10K flute and then not being able to afford it. Best of luck!
Courtney
Morton

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Post by Cass » Mon Apr 26, 2004 9:41 pm

I am a 3rd year Music Ed major- I bought my new flute
my second year of school. I would recommend that you try out some flutes at the
State Music Convention next spring and see what you like, then ask your flute
teacher for recommendations. Be sure you play a lot of flutes before you make
your choice. I went with a Gemeinhardt 33SSB, b-foot, gold lip. Cass the
heartnut
Cass <><

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Post by sara_mrvica » Fri Apr 30, 2004 1:37 pm

hi! i am also looking for a flute to buy...i am
currently using the school's flute which is a yamaha student model.. but i want
ti purchase one with a open hole because i want to play flute for life! i was
thinking of a yamaha 700 series http://www.yamaha.com.my/Products/Bo/Flute.htm
is it good enough to last nearly for a life time? my teacher ecommended me to
buy a flute with a Japanese brand...
~Miss
Fab Flute~

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Post by powayflute01 » Fri Apr 30, 2004 4:17 pm

It all depends on how much money you're willing to
spend...according to www.wwbw.com the Yamaha 700 series runs for nearly $5,000.
Yamaha makes excellent student and intermediate flutes, but if you're going to
spend that much money and if you're really serious about going into music (if
you want to go to a music school then it sounds like you are) you might want to
look into some of the other brands. I'm not saying Yamaha is the wrong brand
for you, but certainly don't limit yourself to that. (BTW, I'm getting a flute
for college too...) You may want to try Pearl flutes...a lot of people here seem
to really like them. I've tested the Prima Sankyo line and the people here who
play on them seem to like them a lot as well. If you're ok with spending that
much on a flute, check out the Muramatsu DN model
(http://www.wwbw.com/Muramatsu-DN-Model- ... .music?t=1). It seems like it has
all the specs of the Yamaha but may provide a nicer sound (Muramatsus are
supposed to be very nice flutes, from what I've heard.) The key is to test play
a lot of flutes and see what YOU like best. Hope that helps![:)]
Haha, this one is my favorite: :shock:
[size=75]I <3 LXA[/size]

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