A couple of months ago, when I was just a beginner :-) I asked for advice about good ‘starter’ flutes and got some great advice which culminated in me buying a polymer M&E. I love playing it (and can almost get a whole tune now…) but (and here I bow to Will, who was absolutely right!) I’m now thinking that at some time in the future I’d like to get a high-end wooden flute.
Now I’m not in any rush, but given that most makers have waiting lists of up to several years I think now may be a good time to start thinking about it, at least.
Given where I live (Hebrides) searching second-hand shops for 19th century Prattens etc is not an option so it’s going to have to be one of the new makers. I know that there are several very excellent and highly regarded makers around the world and from searching their websites their prices seem to be more or less the same. It may be that at this advanced level there will be little to choose between them (i.e. they’ll ALL be excellent), but I suspect that you folks will have strong opinions and preferences! :-)
So, given that ‘money is no object’ (I may even part with my high-end Scottish fiddle to get a decent flute) which maker would you go for?