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Best flute brands

Best Flute Brands

Flute players are so lucky to have a huge range of instrument makers from all over the world available to them, but it can be difficult to know what the best flute brands are. This can make shopping challenging as they are spoilt for choice! Discerning between the best flute brands is not a straightforward task.

Historically Japanese and American brands have led the way with silver flutes, but there are now many great brands to choose from.

You should start by deciding on a budget, and then making a list of priorities for your flute. You’ll then be ready to use this guide to find a flute that ticks all the boxes.

With a little research of the different brands out there you will discover many wonderful flutes.

Our job is to help you find the right one, so you can discover your perfect flute.

Best Flute Brands

Yamaha

Yamaha is a market leader across many musical instrument types including the flute, and they are famous for their quality and durability, particularly for student level instruments.

Founded in 1887 by Torakushu Yamaha, this brand uses its long history of instrument making to make quality flutes

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The best flute in this brand

Many young flautists start off with a Yamaha flute, and are so happy with the instrument that they stick with it until well after they’ve passed grade 8! Yamaha are known for their beginner models, because they offer reliability at a great price point. One of their most popular student models is the YFL212.

Yamaha YFL212
Best for beginners
  • Perfect For: Beginners Who Want A Quality Instrument
  • Price Level: Intermediate
9/10
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The TedScore™:  9/10
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Trevor James

Trevor James is a London based instrument maker and the company started life as a specialist flute repairer in 1979. Although they have now expanded their range to include saxophones, it is reassuring to know that flute making is at the very core of their business.

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The Trevor James TJ10X is the best flute in the brand, and as you’ll see in our pros and cons review list, it’s a great buy…

Trevor James TJ10X
  • Perfect For: Beginners who prioritise sound quality
  • Price Level: Intermediate
9/10
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We should also give an honorable mention to their “performer’ range of alto flutes and bass flutes. These are great for intermediate players. Also great for musicians who double and triple in musical theatre shows.

Their copper alto is particularly beautiful if you want to stand out from the crowd in your flute choir.

Pearl Flutes

Pearl Musical Instruments was founded in 1946 by Katsumi Yanagisawa in Japan and started making flutes in 1968.

They have a strong history of apprenticeships which means their decades of knowledge and experience are handed down through the generations.

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For an intermediate flute the Pearl 795BE Elegante is a great option. It is made from 925 sterling silver throughout for the best quality sound and is available in B foot or C foot. It also includes Pearl’s famous pinless mechanism.

The one bar construction also makes the instrument more stable and reliable, which will hopefully mean fewer trips to the woodwind repairer!

Pearl 795BE
Elegante Flute
A superb “step-up” instrument
  • Perfect For: Intermediate players who demand more from their instrument
  • Price Level: Intermediate
9/10
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The best flute brand for beginners

I think the best flute brand for beginners overall is the Jupiter 700EC.  It’s an excellent starter instrument as you’ll see in the below review:

Jupiter 700EC C flute
Reliable student flute
  • Perfect For : Beginners who prioritise sound quality
  • Price Level: Beginner
8/10
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The best flute brand for children

A relative newcomer to the market Nuvo flutes are designed for the smallest flutists. Made from plastic they are lightweight, durable and very easy to clean. They are also much more affordable than metal flutes so can be a great option. They are certainly amongst the best flute brands for beginners.

Nuvo jFlute 2.0
A colourful flute at a great price
  • Perfect For : Beginners who have smaller fingers!
  • Price Level: Beginner
8/10
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The best flute brand for the professional

Powell
Sonaré series

Beautiful made from solid silver throughout
  • Perfect For : Intermediate or advanced players
  • Price Level: Advanced
9/10
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Powell Sonaré Flutes opened their first shop in Boston, Massachusetts in 1927 and was immediately popular with some of the most famous American professional flute players of the age.

They are true artisan makers and many professional flautists play on their instruments including Adam Walker (principal of the London Symphony Orchestra). A high quality flute for those happy to pay a little more for their instrument.

Their innovations included mixing silver and gold to create the Aurumite flute, and for producing the world’s first 19.5k rose gold flute.

In 2011, NASA Astronaut Cady Coleman brought her Powell flute on the International Space Station and to this day it is the only handmade flute to be played in space!

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Flute brand accessories

Most new flutes will come with the following standard accessories:

  • Cleaning cloth
  • Cleaning rod
  • Hard flute case

Some may also come with a soft case cover.  Here are some other accessories you might want to consider purchasing:

Case Covers

If your instrument doesn’t come with a case over then it is worth buying one. This will protect your expensive hard case from wear and tear and is handy for storing extra accessories. Every musician needs to have a pencil handy at all times!  I would recommend the A308 case below.

A308 Deluxe
Flute Case Cover
Extra protection for your flute
  • Perfect For : Flute players who travel on foot
  • Price Level: Low
7/10
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You can also get cases which fit both a flute and a piccolo, which can be useful if you need both for orchestra. If you travel to rehearsals regularly then you may also want to buy a case which can fit orchestral music in too so everything is in one place; a bit like this Protec LX308.

Protec LX308 Pro
Pac Lux Messenger Flute/Piccolo Case
Great size to store everything you need
  • Perfect For : Orchestral Musicians
  • Price Level: Advanced
8/10
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Instrument Stand

A stand for your instrument is very important because this keeps your flute safe whilst you are not using it. Many players find they do much more practice if their instrument is already out of its case and on the stand in their room.

Somehow it seems easier to persuade yourself to practice!

K&M compact stand
Well designed and lightweight.
  • Perfect For : For All flute players!
  • Price Level: Great value
7/10
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Hercules Deluxe Flute/Clarinet Stand
Well designed and lightweight.
  • Perfect For : Musicians working in pits due to its sturdy design
  • Price Level: Intermediate
8/10
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music stand

Eastar EMS-1
Music Stand
Amazing Kit at an amazing price
  • Best Feature: Seriously well-made & sturdy
  • Includes: Light | Carry Case | Sheet Music Clip
9.5/10
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A music stand is so important for all musicians for practice at home as this means you can play with the best possible posture. If you have your music balanced on a table or a chair then it is likely you will end up looking down instead of straight ahead. This will affect your sound and your breathing.

Luckily music stands are very affordable so there is no excuse to not have one. You can get a wide range of colours and styles, but the model I like is this Eastar Music Stand.

Once you’ve bought your stand make sure you have it at the correct height. Your teacher can help you with this if you’re unsure.

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Headjoint Upgrade

Don’t forget that many flute brands offer the option of buying a head joint separate to a full flute. This can be a fantastic option if you are looking to change your sound but love the feel and mechanism of your current flute.

Why not try headjoints with different materials? A gold or platinum headjoint on a silver body can be a lovely combination. This will give your sound more depth and projection.

If you love playing folk or baroque music on your flute then why not try a wooden headjoint. Many players love this option as it really gives you the best of both worlds. Wooden head joints also look beautiful!

Wooden Flutes

If you really want to stand out then why not try a fully wooden flute. These flutes are certainly in the minority but a really interesting option. Have a listen to the wonderful playing of Daniel Pailthorpe (Principal flute of the BBC Symphony Orchestra) in this video:

Best Flute Brands

Final things to consider….

  1. Don’t be swayed by the brand you think you’ll like best, but go with the flute you like the sound of most!
  2. Avoid cheap unknown brands – the market leaders are well known for a reason.
  3. Ask your flute player friends what instrument they play on and whether they would recommend them.
Best flute brands

Best flute brands
Summary

The flute is one of the most popular instruments in the world so we are lucky to have a huge range to choose from. A brand trusted by the flute community is worth a great deal as you know this will be a reliable instrument with a great sound.

Flutes can vary hugely in price so it is worth researching different brands as some are aimed at beginner players whereas others are aimed at intermediate or professional players. Decide your budget before you start shopping.

Some brands will be aimed at children so check these out if you are buying for a small flute player. Others have been designed for the professional market with the very best materials and craftsmanship.

Unless you are a complete beginner, ask to play a few different brands so you get an idea of how they sound. You may find that one particular maker suits your style which means you can focus your search there.

Ted's List

Best flute for children

Jupiter 700EC

These beginner flutes have a wonderful reputation for quality and affordability and they are a bestseller worldwide.

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Best flute for small players

Nuvo jflute 2.0

Fun, colorful and nearly indestructible. Perfect for mini flautists!

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Best flute for adult beginners

Pearl 795BE Quantz

A classy instrument which offers a great way to begin your flute studies.

FAQ's

If you are willing to invest in a great quality student instrument then my top choice is the Pearl 505E “Quantz”. It offers a beginner flute which will take you right up to the higher grades without breaking a sweat.

We love the option of open holes and a B footjoint, and the pinless mechanism offers quality not seen on most beginner models. Although one of the pricier student instruments, if you want a more long term investment then it is definitely worth the slightly higher price tag.

A good quality instrument made to last will cost at least £400. But do remember they also hold their value well, so have good resale value if you decide to upgrade.

Most professionals play on handmade flutes made from solid silver, gold or platinum. There are many flute makers who stock professional level flutes, and it is down to personal taste and playing style to choose which maker they go for. Some great ones to look out for are Altus, Powell, Miyazawa and Brannan Cooper.

The flute isn’t the easiest instrument to learn, but it certainly isn’t the hardest. With regular practice flute players make great progress. Once they’ve found a good tone most students make fast progress with their lessons.

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Chloë Vincent
Chloë is a graduate of the Guildhall School and concert highlights include the BRIT awards with Billie Eilish, The Who at Wembley Stadium and performing for the Queen at Buckingham Palace. Chloë regularly records at studios such as Abbey Road, working for artists such as Kanye West, Madonna and Michael Kiwanuka as well as film sessions. Orchestral work covers tours of China and Japan and performing at the Musikverein in Vienna. Chloë lives in Oxfordshire with her trumpeter husband and enjoys cooking and playing board games in her spare time.

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