Cheap chines alto flutes on Ebay - any good?

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zorrosg
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Cheap chines alto flutes on Ebay - any good?

Post by zorrosg » Tue Jul 03, 2012 6:45 am

I have an irresistable urge to buy an alto flute, but have a very limited budget. I noticed on Ebay some chinese made alto flutes, going for about $600 shipped, with two headjoints and it looks tempting. I wonder does anyone here have experience with the cheap china made alto flutes, and whether they were decent instruments for a doubler/beginner? Many thanks!

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Re: Cheap chines alto flutes on Ebay - any good?

Post by fluttiegurl » Wed Jul 04, 2012 10:29 am

My experiences (and curiosity) in this ended up with a flute that played well for about a month. The keys bend very easily (even when it is in the case) and it is impossible to keep adjusted. Too bad since it really does have a nice tone. It is now in my junk pile.

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Re: Cheap chines alto flutes on Ebay - any good?

Post by flutego12 » Sun Sep 30, 2012 12:31 am

zorrosg wrote:I have an irresistable urge to buy an alto flute, but have a very limited budget. I noticed on Ebay some chinese made alto flutes, going for about $600 shipped, with two headjoints and it looks tempting. I wonder does anyone here have experience with the cheap china made alto flutes, and whether they were decent instruments for a doubler/beginner? Many thanks!
I don't know much about cheap chinese alto flutes on ebay but I sure have heard about the fast becoming if not already popular Taiwanese GUO flutes. They might be within your price range and RAVE reviews all around.
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Re: Cheap chines alto flutes on Ebay - any good?

Post by flutego12 » Sun Sep 30, 2012 7:12 pm

fluttiegurl wrote:My experiences (and curiosity) in this ended up with a flute that played well for about a month. The keys bend very easily (even when it is in the case) and it is impossible to keep adjusted. Too bad since it really does have a nice tone. It is now in my junk pile.
Good advice
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