Top Tips for purchasing your first Wooden Flute
Choosing your first beginner flute can be a daunting task. There’s so many questions which may arise such as, what are the different flute brands, which ones are the best, how much should I expect to spend on a beginner flute & why do flute costs vary so much.
Here at McNeela Music we understand that shopping for the right beginner flute can be an overwhelming task, so we’ve complied a list of the top tips to help you make your decision.
Before purchasing your beginner flute, research different brands
When considering what flute brand to buy its always best to do plenty of research. By conducting online & in-store research, you can gain knowledge on the different flute brands and learn about brand pros & cons. Its always good to talk to fellow flute players to get their opinion and if you know a flute teacher they will be able to give you some good advice.
Be aware of flutes which look too cheap
When purchasing your flute you should be aware of the saying ‘if it seems too good to be true it probably is’ as in some cases this can be right! Cheap flutes can work out more expensive in the long run, as they usually incur high running costs. If a poor quality flute is purchased it can be difficult to play, even some professional players will find it difficult to produce good sound on a poor quality flute.
In general, a beginner flute should range from €130-€400. Its also important to buy a good quality flute as in some cases if a person buys a low quality flute and finds it difficult to play, they will be more inclined to give it up.
When purchasing your first flute always buy a flute thats designed for beginners
Its important when beginning to play the flute that you purchase a flute which is specifically designed for beginners, for example The Cygnet Rosewood Flute is perfect for beginners & intermediate players. A beginner flute should be purchased as they’re easier to play, light to hold and are durable. If you purchase a more advanced flute, for example, a professional flute, it wont be as easy to play, may be heavier and normally produces a loud, full projection sound that advanced players need.
You should stick to traditional flute specifications
As flutes have evolved, there’s a lot of different options available such as, open holes, C# trill keys, E mechanism, B foot joint, D# roller etc. From experience, we think a beginner flute should contain closed holes, E mechanism, and a C joint foot.
Purchase the correct size
Flutes aren’t made to different size specifications, however they vary in terms of curved head points. Its best for beginners to purchase flutes which contain curved head points, especially for younger beginners – this is recommended as it means the flute is closer to the body and the player doesn’t have to stretch.
For children aged 5 – 7 years of age, they should begin with a fife or apprentice flute, both of which are reasonably priced.
Find a brand which retains its value
Flutes can hold their value very well. Many large manufacturers have produced the same flutes for many years, so you don’t have to worry about your flute becoming ‘out of date’ or superseded after a few months.
We hope that when you consider buying a flute you have the intention of sticking with it and developing your skills and ability. Some beginner flutes are upgradable by replacing the head point. Upgrading the head point can save you money as your flute will be automatically upgraded without having to buy an intermediate.
Best of luck with your search!
The McNeela Music Team