Muramatsu DS Flute
The Muramatsu DS features a complete solid silver construction with a handmade headjoint which has been carefully researched, designed and tested to allow players to produce a wide range of great tone colors. The drawn tone holes and the raised area the keys cover are shaped using the material of the flute body itself. This makes the flute lighter in weight and provides less resistance when blowing for an open, easy responding sound.
Keys are attached to the instrument via the French pointed arm system where the rods pass through the center of the keys for maximum facility and provide reliable sealing of the pads to avoid leaks. The DS model comes standard with a D-sharp roller key to make tricky key combinations easier to navigate. The white gold springs are flexible, enabling quick and responsive key action. The Muramatsu DS is available with an inline or offset G-key, with or without a split E mechanism or a C-sharp trill key, depending on the personal sound and preferences of the player.
Powell Handmade Conservatory Silver Flute
From head to foot, Powell’s Sterling Silver Handmade Conservatory series flute is constructed out of solid silver. Its design is made for a resonant, vibrant sound with great projection. Pin-less construction eliminates very small needles connecting keys to the instruments mechanics thereby reducing risk of damage and corrosion to the delicate key system. The key mechanics have been adjusted to provide a smooth, easy to manipulate action.
Powell offers three choices of handmade head joints with this flute: The Philharmonic for more resistance when blowing, the Soloist with a more curved lip plate for better dynamic or volume control, and the Venti to produce sound with a lot of depth and resonance in the highest notes. In terms of the key system, the Handmade Conservatory model is available with an inline or offset-G key and with or without a split E-key and C-sharp trill key for player’s personal preference.
Haynes Handmade Drawn Tone Hole Model Professional Flute
The Haynes Handmade Drawn Tone Hole model flute is constructed out of solid silver including the body, foot and headjoint. Drawn tone holes are shaped using the material of the flute body itself instead of soldering on additional metal thus providing less resistance when blowing making it a more responsive flute. Sturdy Y-arms attach the keys to the instrument while pin-less construction eliminates needles connecting the keys to the mechanics thus reducing the risk of damage and corrosion to the delicate key system. A gizmo key is included to counteract the additional B-foot key allowing notes in the upper register to respond better. The Haynes Handmade Drawn Tone Hole model flute is ideal for the flautist looking for a rich, deep tone.
Made out of nickel silver with silver plating, the YFL-221 is built for durability and tone quality. This flute features stronger posts attached to the instruments power-forged keys which prevent bending and breakage. A notable and easy to find mark on the foot joint helps young players line the pieces of the instrument up correctly during assembly every time. Long-lasting double bladder pads ensure the keys cover their tone holes accurately to avoid leaks. The keys are attached by expert technicians for the best positioning and designed for comfortable hand placement, especially for new flautists. The quality manufacturing of the Yamaha YFL-221 provides a solid flute for beginners who require reliable intonation and a good tone.
Geared specifically towards beginner musicians, the PF500 series flute is a straightforward instrument for student players as they master the art of blowing correctly across the lip plate. This flute features Pearl’s renowned pin-less construction, eliminating very small needles connecting keys to various parts of the instrument thereby reducing the risk of damage to these delicate parts. Small needles are prone to getting caught on the player or corroding faster than the rest of the instrument from contact with skin. Screws securing the key system are installed from the underside of the key work to further isolate the delicate screws from dirt, dust and sweat. For a sturdier key system, the bridge mechanisms have been reinforced. Designed for mechanical reliability and with student players in mind, the Pearl PF500 is great for beginner flautists.
The Gemeinhardt 2SP is designed with a focus on durability and reliability in tone production and intonation. This flute is entirely silver-plated which is easier to clean with the keys connected using Y-arms to make them sturdier. If students have the choice, they may want to test a couple different versions of this model flute as sometimes there are inconsistencies from flute to flute. The Gemeinhardt 2SP is also one of the most affordable options on this list, providing beginners with a dependable first instrument.