Pearl Flutes-are they good

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biggzh
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Pearl Flutes-are they good

Post by biggzh » Sun Oct 10, 2004 5:05 pm

I'm planning on moving up to a new flute soon. Price Range for me is between 1k-1.6k. I had been looking around for a while, and came across Pearl Flutes. The one I'm looking at is a Pearl Quantz-Coda 665-RB Coda (sterling silver head, silver plated body and keys, B-footjoint with D# roller, a C# trill key, 10K gold head, french keys and french arms-with inline G). At most sites I've found it for around 1.4 thousand dollars.

So, my question is, is this a good flute, or is it not a good flute.

biggzh
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Post by biggzh » Sun Oct 10, 2004 5:06 pm

speaking of which, I am also looking for cheap (100-200 $) piccolos.

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Post by fluttiegurl » Fri Dec 10, 2004 11:46 pm

I have several students on these, and have had no problems. They sound great and don't cost a great deal of money! However, keep in mind that they are marketed as "professional" flutes when in truth they are more like advanced or pre-pro flutes. Still, they are good flutes from my experiences. I even own one that I play as a back-up in my studio and even an occasional gig. I do recommend that you play several flutes from different companies before buying. You may be surprised at what is out there! :)

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Post by MeLizzard » Sat Dec 11, 2004 12:24 pm

Hey Biggzh...it's gonna be tough to find a realistically decent piccolo in this price range. I would suggest saving some $$$ and looking at somehing like the Yamaha YPC-32 ($650, maybe?). What's your goal/purpose with piccolo? Do you need to play it outdoors? (The ypc-32 would be good for that, it's a silver head--with a lip plate--and resin body. The tone is pretty nice and the intonation rather good.) Do you want to play piccolo seriously in wind ensemble/concert band or in orchestra? This will require something a little more refined--usually, wood. After playing several different piccs, my high school senior (music-degree bound) recently chose a YPC-81. This is Yamaha'a nice wooden picc, which she bought for about $2300 (sounds horrible, but quite a bargain when compared to prices of Powell, Burkhart, Haynes, Keefe, Hammig, etc.). My first college flute prof told us, to our alarm and chagrin, we often have to play more for a good piccolo than for a good flute. Scary, but usually true. :?

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