Powell Sonare flutes use a Powell headjoint and a cheaper made body. They really do not play like true Powells much at all. With this, I would say that the Yamaha 600 series would be a better purchase than a Powell Sonare due to body construction, however I'm not a huge fan of either.
You say you took the Miyazawa off because it is not full silver? The material of the flute hardly matters when comparing the models. A fully silver-plated Miyazawa or Muramatsu will play far and above a full silver Sonare or Yamaha. Miyazawa, Muramatsu, Altus, Haynes, and other makers have flutes in the $2500 to $3000 range that are higher quality than the "hybrid" intermediate flutes out there. Others you may want to consider are Di Zhao, Azumi, Avanti (these are associated with Brannen flutes and have been discontinued, but are incredible for the price and there are usually a few on eBay), Lyric, Dean Yang, and North Bridge just to name a few. All found on FluteWorld. I would highly recommend looking into one of the silver plated handmade flutes over a solid silver intermediate flute, especially if you are hoping to use this flute in college.
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