After about 2 years of playing a pakistani piece of crap, I have decided it’s time to take the plunge and buy a real flute. I’m looking for a flute that sounds easily without too much effort and has a strong tone. I have had the chance to play my friend’s new Martin Doyle flute, which I love. With my very limited means, I have 2 flutes shortlisted, a Martin Doyle flute without a tuning slide or a David O’Brien flute with a tuning slide. Basically what I’m asking is; is a Martin Doyle flute better than an O’Brien one for me, and is a tuning slide important? I have only really considered makers in Ireland as it is convenient for me, and the flute will be used to the weather! Any input would be greatly appreciated.