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No matter what you play, every musician has to begin somewhere. For most of the music programs, it means playing an entry level instrument. But any newbie who is playing long enough will have to upgrade at last. There are so many brands and models to choose from which makes the purchasing of your next flute even more overwhelming. Keeping that in mind, here are five things you should consider before buying the next instrument.

  1. Define ‘step up’

If you are a newbie student, and use the flutes for marching band, it is characterized by a C-foot joint, closed hole and a plated body. For a pro student, use an open hole or French. It will have a solid silver headjoint and a B footjoint. The former is the most important part of the instrument’s tone which adds a solid silver headjoint a deeper and richer tone. If you are a high school player, you can use any step up instrument.

  1. Know your brands and their sounds

You will find a huge number of brands when you seek for step up flutes. Most of the major brands in this very industry have subsidiary lines that make them present at the entry level price points which lets the prospective customers a taste of higher end models. Many orchestras around the world share their repertoire, and anyone who has attended the Tokyo Philharmonic or the Cleveland Orchestra can attest to the geo centric distinctions in the overall color and sound of the ensembles. This is relatable to the flutes in the following manners.

  1. Western makers (Powell with Sonare, Brannen, and Haynes) showcase a bolder and a richer tone. Imagine purple, dark and rich with many bottom ends.
  2. Eastern makers (Altus, Miyazawa, Muramatsu flute) showcase an airy and light tone. This tone is yellow, bright with more upper overtones.

These are just the common ones with the best, but players should always test drive as many instruments as they can to find the correct fit.

  1. Trust your hearing senses and know how to listen

Ask yourself the following questions when you are buying your next flute.

  1. What are the things that hold you back on your current flute?
  2. What are you wanting that will help your technical passages?
  3. Are you wanting to explore your dynamic range?
  4. Are you wanting to high your notes?

When these questions are asked constructively, it will help you find your perfect flute.

Andrew Slidell

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