Comparing Different Flutes for Beginners

For today’s blog, I wanted to do something a little different than my previous posts. It is a product review, but also a product comparison, and I will be comparing a few different flute models for beginners. I have a low-end off brand flute, a middle of the road flute, and an intermediate quality beginner’s flute.
LOW END
If you are not sure if flute is for you, but you would like to give it a try without breaking the bank, a cheap model from a site like Amazon could be worth looking into. I own a cheap off brand flute called a conductor flute. That particular model costs around $100. It works nicely and is definitely a good option for anyone who is fairly new to the flute. I did enjoy playing it for awhile, and it got me through about nine months of playing. It is not the best quality, but it is one of those things where you get what you pay for. There are other cheap brands besides conductor and they all should play fine. Make sure to read reviews before buying online.
My Rating: 3/5
MIDDLE OF THE ROAD
I do not own a middle of the road beginner flute. These flutes cost around $400-600. The one I played was an old Bundy by Selmer which I borrowed from my high school music teacher. It was the first flute I ever played, and it got me through three months of playing. I do think that Bundy is a good brand. The clarinet I play was made by Bundy. I can write a post about clarinet if you are interested, comment below. Other reliable brands of this quality include Yamaha, Jupiter, Gemeinhardt, and others.
My Rating: 3.5/5
INTERMEDIATE QUALITY
Before I go into this section, I want to get one thing straight. The flute I am reviewing is a beginner flute, but it plays and sounds like an intermediate model for the beginner level price. It is a little more expensive than a beginner flute it is listed at around $900. That is a little more than a beginner, but certainly less than an intermediate model. What flute is it? I currently play a Trevor James 10x. It is the company’s beginning model flute and it is very good quality. I say it is intermediate quality because that is the opinion of a woman I know who has a doctorate degree in flute. I would only recommend this flute to someone who has been playing flute for a while, but is looking for a nice step-up model for a lower price.
My Rating: 4.5/5
I didn’t give any of the flutes mentioned here a perfect score of 5/5 because they are beginner instruments and while they are good for beginners, they are designed for beginner playing and not for advanced or professional playing.
So that is my post on the various options available to beginning flutists. I hope you enjoyed reading, and maybe found it helpful if you or someone you know will be starting to learn the flute soon.
Thanks for reading!

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