This article focuses on the tips to buy a new professional flute, or if you are upgrading to one. These tips are applicable to the flutes, low flutes, piccolos and other instruments as well. Read on for more.
- Save up
Before you head out to buy a new instrument, you need either to have money or know that you will be able to pay it by the means of financing. Save as much money as possible. If you just have $100 in your account, keep in mind that you won’t be able to afford a professional flute at such amount.
- Do your due diligence on the flutes
Research as much as you can about the professional flutes and their costs. Professional flutes range from about $6,000 at entry level and all the way up to $80,000. You will want to research about what is available, what ignites your interests, and how much money would you need for the flutes. Also, there are many companies that make professional flutes. Different companies use different composition such as sterling silver, gold or silver alloys, Britannia silver, and so much more. Different composition also cost at different amounts. There are many companies like Powell, Miyazawa, Pearl, and Brannen which uses some kind of pinless mechanism, and other companies use pinned mechanism. Do all the due diligence you can on the materials used, designs and models available so that you can prepare yourself further.
- Test the flutes
Test all the flutes you can. Try a Powell, a Di Zhao piccolo, a Burkart, a Miyazawa and others as well. There are many conventions held in many places which lets you try all of the flutes available. If you are not able to attend any of these conventions, get in touch with the flute dealers like FCNY, Fluteworld, Carolyn Nussbaum, and Flutistry Boston to let for in the home trials. Keep in mind that trail by mail is not always free; you will need to pay for the shipping or have a hold placed on your card. Every company has a different policy. But no matter how you do it, you should try out different flutes before you buy one.
- Don’t rush the purchase
It can prove to be quite overwhelming when it comes to trying flutes. Particularly, if you are at a flute convention or festival and are surrounded by flutes all over, don’t wish to by yourself a flute then and there, no matter even if you wish to. You might love a flute with all your soul, but you might want to know that a professional flutes is a huge investment, not an impulse purchase. You can surely try some flutes so that it helps you make an informed decision when you finally purchase one in store.