For beginners, buying a flute is either a hasty decision or on the other extreme an overwhelming step. That is not only because there is significant money involved in the purchase but also for choosing from an endless variety available in the market.
When it comes to choosing a flute, it is crucial to look both for quality and suitability. However, the comfort of playing the flute also matters, and that can differ from person to person. Two flutes made by the same reputable brand may have a different experience. So, test playing is really the key here.
A good professional flute would be easy and comfortable to play, would sound better, cost less in maintenance, and also last longer. To get your hands on the best one, here are few things you need to watch out for –
- Your Budget
Replacing your old, limited sound-producing flute with a new, modern one can make a big difference in your music production; however, the price can vary considerably. The advanced model of flute you get excited to buy in the store can be over and above your planned expenses, and prevent you from paying for it actually. Thus, to avoid such a disappointment, you should be clear with the maximum money that you can spend, and only then start your search.
- Flute Size
A beginner shouldn’t get into the flute sizes that are meant for intermediate or advanced players. And although, all flutes have the same size, the ones with curved head joints are comparatively a bit smaller and meant for short heightened people or kids below the age of nine. Be mindful of not getting enticed by ‘too big’ flutes. They can hamper your playing techniques and cause extreme discomfort and pain while playing.
Generally, flutes are silver-plated or made of nickel. Some are made of bamboo or wood, but they aren’t a standard in western countries. People at the intermediate and advanced level there invest in solid silver, platinum, and gold flutes that not only look extravagant but also play amazingly well. However, the pricing of each of these materials can differ a lot so as a beginner needs to go for something cost-effective and durable.
- Flute Brand
As mentioned already, a flute is an expensive investment, and you would not want to lose money. You need to make sure it is worth every penny. So, even if you want to trust the groundbreaking deals provided by the prospective flute maker or supplier, make sure you look out for the reviews for them online. Ask for the payment method, and don’t forget to consider the return or refund policies offered.
- Repair and Servicing
For your flute to live long and well, you have to give it the care and maintenance from to time. Some flute shops may give complimentary after-sales service, but some may not. So, do consider this aspect before selecting your flute; you wouldn’t want any running around or hassle for basic flute repairs.