Silver flute advice

Silver flute advice

Can anyone advise about buying a new - or refurbished silver flute. Obviously at the moment cannot go and try ones out so I need a good repairer who refurbishes flutes to sell preferably in Scotland.

Re: Silver flute advice

So much of this depends on your price range and personally I would just wait until you can try before you buy. I can’t recommend any sellers in your part of the world because I don’t know any but make sure if you’re buying in the student level that it is fully serviced. The price of a used flute and a major service can exceed the cost of a new student level flute from a good maker (Yamaha or similar). An excellent intermediate level flute can be had at a relative bargain though even when include a service, though I would still never buy one that wasn’t ready to go because I would never buy a flute that I hadn’t tried and loved

Re: Silver flute advice

The Wind Section in Edinburgh specialises in classical wind instruments, including flutes:
https://www.thewindsection.com/flutes/
I don’t know about the mail order options - but once the crisis is over, you should be able to visit them and try things out. Maybe They can rent you an instrument by mail order in the meantime?
I have nothing to do with them and have never bought from them. But I have wandered in and been allowed to try out a selection of nice silver flutes.

Re: Silver flute advice

Thanks I’ll look into the Edinburgh try before you buy - we live on an island therefore not easy to go and try out even in normal times. I think it’ll be an intermediate level flute.

Re: Silver flute advice

You don’t say how much experience you already have on the silver flute, so apologies in advance if the next bit is already obvious:-

There has been a huge improvement in the design and construction of student flutes from the leading makers in recent years. This has filtered down from higher-grade instruments and the advent of CNC machinery which aids accurate volume production. So you need to be a bit wary of re-furbished flutes which might not have benefited from the technology change. As Scott says, depends on your budget. For example, the Yamaha YFL-212 is about £500 and would take you up to about Grade 8 level.

On a different topic: I see you live on Mull - next time you pass the Glenforsa Hotel please say hello to Allison and Brendan from Colin.

Hope this helps