Best flute brands

Best Flute Brands

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Flute players are so lucky to have a huge range of instrument makers from all over the world available to them. However, 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
$ 838
/£593
  • 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
$ 592
/£419
  • 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
$ 3,300
/£2,344
  • Perfect For: Intermediate players who demand more from their instrument
  • Price Level: Intermediate
9/10
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The TedScore™:  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
$ 592
/£419
  • Perfect For : Beginners who prioritise sound quality
  • Price Level: Beginner
8/10
The TedScore™ is our unique system of scoring products. The professional musician who wrote this article combine many things, from the product build, manufacturer's reputation through to feedback from other users, to create our famous TedScore™.
The TedScore™:  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
$ 148
/£105
  • Perfect For : Beginners who have smaller fingers!
  • Price Level: Beginner
8/10
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The TedScore™:  8/10
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The best flute brand for the professional

Powell
Sonaré series

Beautiful made from solid silver throughout
$ 3912
/£2766
  • 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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