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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful.
A wonderful small (9 Inch) flute for anyone who is interested in a simple musical instrument.
By Joseph J. Truncale
Lately I have developed an avid interest in playing musical instruments. One of the many products I purchased was this 9 inch CONN(Selmer 981) SONG FLUTE. Even though I already had bought a Trophy 11 inch flutophone and was practicing with it, I also purchased this product to determine if I could also play this smaller flute.
Even though this song flute was made for children first starting out in music, as a rank beginner myself in playing musical instruments this is a handy little music maker. The Conn (Selmer 981) Song Flute is made from strong plastic, black in color and 9 inches long. As soon as I got it I began to practice with it. The sound is okay but not great and even though I have very little experience with this particular flute I was able to play a few songs with it.
The small size makes it easier to carry with you than other musical instruments. Fortunately, this product came with a basic instruction sheet. It works on the same basic music theory as the Flutophone and similar instruments and I was able to play a few songs with it. The basic lesson sheet was very helpful and I also ordered a more detailed song book on playing this song flute.
If you are presently studying the flute or similar instruments, you will be able to play some music with this song flute. If you are looking for a fun little flute, you may want to check out this model. Keep in mind this is not the greatest musical instrument.
Rating: 4 Stars. Joseph J. Truncale (Author: Haiku Moments: How to read, write and enjoy haiku).
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful.
Amazingly mediocre, but really useful especially for younger children
First off let me say that you are getting what you pay for: don't expect amazing sound outta' this. Expect something adequate.
It is really just right for small hands! The finger holes are not straight but in a curved line that fits a more natural hand hold, and the size is just right for small hands. On the other instruments we tried, the kids had a hard time handling them and we spent all our time on motor skills and no actual time on music. Already one flute has gotten thrown around and dirtied by a younger sibling. No problem: just threw it in a sink of soapy water, rinsed it, and voila, ready to go again. I also have zero stress worrying about a instrument getting lost or ruined. If one of these really tough ones actually does somehow get trashed (that would take a lot of work), then I won't feel like I'm breaking the bank to replace it.
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By Victor Eijkhout
For a pedantic point: despite the name, this is not actually a flute. If it were, it would have needed to be longer to get a C as fundamental. It is really a very stretched out occarina. But I don't mean this in a negative way: in fact I think the idea is brilliant.
The instrument is reasonably in tune and has a pleasant sound, not strident like a recorder can be. (Speaking of recorders: this uses "German fingering" for the F. I don't see that as a problem for children that later will move on to an actual recorder. For children that will move on to keyed wind instruments it's in fact probably the better design.)
This is by far the cheapest and easiest way to get children to play simple tunes that I know of. Recommended.