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262 of 272 people found the following review helpful.
Excellent flute at an excellent price!
I am a professional flutist and was looking for an inexpensive beginner flute to recommend to beginner students. I tried it out and it plays in tune, has a great tone, and looks beautiful. I was surprised by the quality of the flute for the price. This is not the cheap-o quality flute here. It comes with the cleaning kit which is exactly what every flute and flute student needs, the case is decent and it comes with a shoulder strap too.
I purchased this flute from this seller for $69.99 in May 2015, the price has gone up a little bit since then. Considering it is a flute under $100 it is a fantastic deal.
If you are looking at this flute - you'll see that it has an offset G and a C foot. This means that the Key named G for the left hand ring finger is a little distance away from the flute instead of inline with the rest of the keys. This is a BONUS feature, as the inline G is tough to reach especially for beginners. I have the offset on all my flutes both Intermediate, and Professional. This is a nice extra bonus for this student flute.
The other feature of this flute is the C foot. There are only 2 options here, either a B foot or a C foot. C foot is standard on student flutes. It basically means that the lowest note this flute will play is low C, aka middle C on a piano. This is an appropriate choice when you consider the music that the beginner flutist will learn for the first 3-4 years of playing will not go any lower than this C. The B foot makes it possible to play the low B, one note below C, aka one note below middle C on the piano. The low B note is commonly found in more Advanced levels of music. I know other professional flutists that still have opted to keep the C foot, and not use the B foot.
I don't know how long it will stand up to a beginner flutist's tendencies to be rough (dropping, banging it into a music stand), but honestly for the price it is far better than renting, and better than a school-rented instrument. If handled with clean hands, clean mouths so there is no sticky spit put into the flute, gets cleaned with the provided swab-cloth, and fingerprints rubbed off with the cleaning cloth each time the instrument is used it could last for many years before needing a tune-up at the repair shop.
132 of 142 people found the following review helpful.
Great sound, Beautiful, Would recommend to a friend
UPDATE: ONE YEAR LATER: We've had this flute for a year now, it's held up well to the beating of a 5th grade band student! A couple of superficial scratches are completely unnoticeable. Planning on a tenor sax for under the tree this Christmas. Would definitely recommend. 5 star rating remains accurate. ORIGINAL REVIEW: I just opened this, it will be a Christmas gift for my kids. It is a beautiful instrument. I am a flute player (Floutist whatever), and it sounds great. it is easy to play at least for me, the keys depress and respond nicely. The Royal Blue color is AMAZING and beautiful. I will be watching to see how it tarnishes and scratches, but at a sale price, for a real band instrument it is well worth the purchase. I will consider creating a musical profile with a tenor or alto sax next... maybe pink!
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Excellent Cheap Flute
By B. Beltz
***Initial Impression*** 2 days ago, I ordered this flute from Amazon. I am a collector of cheap flutes. Other than my prized possession, every flute I own cost me less than $125. My first flute cost me $20 at a garage sale. I play it almost every day. This is my initial impression of the "Glory". I have been playing this flute for 5 minutes. I am already in love. Most of my other flutes haven't been been tuned up since I bought them. On most of them, I have a heck of a time hitting low C. On my Glory, I was able to hit low C instantly. The flute feels heavier than some of my other ones, especially my Jupiter which is made of tin and is extremely light. I've only bought one other "Cheap Flute" on Amazon. It is called a Lazaro, and it cost me $100 when I bought it. I love my Lazaro, but I'm told it can't be repaired should anything go wrong. This flute is the same. Because of the materials it's made out of, it's basically impossible for a traditional music expert to repair. This makes the flute a poor choice for children, but an excellent choice for adult hobbyists who take good care of their things. I am no expert flautist. I began 2 years ago, and other than a few youtube videos, I have taken no lessons. I practice for 10 minutes a day which most people think is laughable, but 10 minutes a day is over an hour a week. And with 52 weeks in a year, that 10 minutes a day turns into just enough practice to make significant progress. I once read an article that said a good head joint will make all the difference to your tone. Instead of sticking with one thing until I'm good enough to "step up", I've decided to buy half a dozen cheap head joints to see which feels most comfortable. 10 years from now, I'll buy a gold head joint with the aperture style I'm most fond of. This flute has an aperture which is very similar to the Yamaha student flutes. It is very rectangular which I am told is easier for a student to produce a tone with. It's about 3 millimeters higher in the vertical dimension than my Lazaro which up until now I have been able to produce the cleanest tone with. It is about 1 millimeter lower in vertical dimension to my Jupiter which I can produce a very clean tone with, but can't quite hit that low C. It is roughly the same in vertical dimension to my Gemeinhardt (Which I paid $425 at a used music store for. My prized possession ^_^) but is about 3 millimeters wider in horizontal dimension. Overall, my initial impressions are extremely positive. I will update this review in a couple weeks after I've spent some seriously time exploring my instrument. But other than an intermediate flute I experimented with at a student rental shop once, this is the only flute I've ever played that played almost flawlessly the first time I picked it up. Unless you strike gold at a garage sale like I did, this is the cheapest flute you will ever find. I would highly recommend it to any adult who is copious enough to be very careful with their belongings. For kids, I'd recommend renting a Yamaha and paying that extra $10 a month for the maintenance plan should they drop it, or treat it poorly. The choice on different colors is an added bonus. Most flutes are silver in appearance. Glory has a dozen colors to choose from. I chose green for my Lazaro. I chose silver on black for this model. *** I have played this flute for about 20 more minutes since I began to write this review. I am extremely pleased. ***