• Selmer Bundy USA Flute W/ Hard Case

    13 bids
    Free shipping
    Ending Wednesday at 7:32AM PDT2d 5hBrand: Selmer
  • Antique 1 Key Boxwood Flute by E. Baack & Potter

    Iconic 1 silver key baroque boxwood flute with 5 nicely turned natural material rings. Left hand, right hand, and footjoint sections all marked "E. Baack" above "N - York". He was listed in a directory as a maker 1864 - 1872.
    0 bids
    $10.50 shipping
    Ending Thursday at 6:14PM PDT3d 15h
  • SLADE Piccolo

    SLADE Piccolo. Condition is Used. Shipped with USPS Mail.
    1 bid
    $8.95 shipping
    Ending Tuesday at 7:45PM PDT1d 17h

    Closed 16 hole flute with range to C. Nickel/Silver plated head, body, foot and keys by. The flute has the split rib construction with drawn and rolled tone holes for a. advanced plating process ensuring longivity of the flute.
    Brand: Yamaha
    Type: Concert Flute
    Only 1 left!
  • Sonare PS-601 Sterling silver. Open hole, Extended B foot joint.

    Open hole, Extended B foot joint. Condition is Used. Small dent at the base f the foot joint. Hard case and soft carrying case included. Pad plugs not included. Used for one school year.
    0 bids
    $11.95 shipping
    Ending Thursday at 1:21PM PDT3d 10hBrand: Sonare
  • Clean/Fully Adjusted Yamaha Silver Plated Yamaha Flute "Advantage" FL1** NICE!

    This flute has been professionally cleaned, with all needed pads replaced, then adjusted and play tested to ensure it is ready to play. It plays easily throughout its range with a light touch - plays like new.
    Brand: Yamaha
    $15.00 shipping
    Guaranteed by Fri, Jun 21
  • Flute Yamaha 225SII with Protec Hard Case

    This is a nice Yamaha flute model 225SII. It is for beginners but has great tonal qualities for more advanced players. The case is missing one pull tab on the major zipper.
    0 bids
    $7.89 shipping
    Ending Wednesday at 4:00PM PDT2d 13hBrand: Yamaha
  • Verne Q Powell Boston Metro Flute PM-11 Signature .016” Head Joint Concert C

    Verne Q Powell Boston Metro Flute PM-11 Signature .016” Head Joint Concert C. Condition is Used. Manufacturing occurred around 2002-2003 around 15 years old plus. Good condition although some wear from handling and use over 15 years some some areas are really tarnished. Powell had a major IT crash a few years back Buffet Crampon started that is the reason this SN and data from many others was lost. Guaranteed genuine I did consult the Powell rep listed on the website. Will consider reasonable offers, plated unit. Later produced plated body model for retail head joint is beautiful lower in cost yet genuine unfortunately no case. I have attached 12 photos to most accurately describe the item in photos
    Brand: Powell
    $11.95 shipping
    Type: Concert Flute
    or Best Offer
  • Vintage 1955 William S. Haynes Co. Solid Silver French Model Flute

    1 bid
    $20.00 shipping
    Ending Friday at 6:50PM PDT4d 16hBrand: Haynes
  • New ListingYamaha 211 flute - Made in Japan - Excellent ++++

    Yamaha 211 flute - Made in Japan. All functions work fine. No cracks or dents.
    Brand: Yamaha
    $13.86 shipping
  • New ListingYamaha Student Flute

    Yamaha Student Flute. Condition is Used. Shipped in USA only.
    2 bids
    $6.99 shipping
    Ending Jun 23 at 5:14PM PDT6d 14hBrand: Yamaha

    FREE STAND+BOOK+$39 TUNER+CARE KIT~Instructors Approved
    Was: Previous Price$349.99
    $19.99 shipping
    5,887 sold
  • Vintage Haynes Flute-handmade, low B, open holes

    Selling my 1976 Vintage Haynes solid silver flute.  Handmade with soldered tone holes. In great shape with normal scratching /wear for a played vintage instrument.  No dents or dings.  Comes with plugs and rod along with decent condition French style case.  Pads and corks are less then 6 months old as it received a rebuild last winter.  It's very clean and well maintained.  It will most likely need to see a technician upon arrival.  It has not been played since the overhaul and plays to low B but not quite as easily as it should.  Unfortunately I can no longer play due to hand problems.  Please ask questions if you have them. 
    0 bids
    $50.00 shipping
    Ending Today at 4:25PM PDT14hBrand: HaynesType: Concert Flute

    Undercut beveled embouchure. Nickel Plated Body and Keys C Flute. Why rent you can own it for less?. Nickel plated body and keys. Includes case, cleaning cloth, cleaning rod, joint grease and a pair of white gloves.
    Was: Previous Price$339.99
    $19.99 shipping
    914 sold
  • Yamaha Student Flute Model 225SI

    Yamaha student flute model# 225SI with case. Flute is in very good condition- all 3 joints fit snug and the keys move well. There is one small dent at the proximal end of the middle joint but doesn't affect it's connection to head joint.
    17 bids
    $7.89 shipping
    Ending Today at 6:00PM PDT15h 36mBrand: Yamaha
  • Vintage 1992 Hawk Littlejohn Native American Style flute, American Indian Flute

    (This flute is 27years old)It is in beautiful condition for it's age! Light spots on flute are natural cedar coloring. Looks to be used for display only.
    Free shipping
    or Best Offer
    Benefits charity
  • New ListingVintage Artley 18-0 Flute With Case Made In USA

    May need service. Keys mostly move as they should. Padded hard case in good condition. Made In USA. We describe each item the best we can. I have attempted to locate and photograph all imperfections, but may have missed a few.
    0 bids
    $17.00 shipping
    Ending Jun 23 at 5:32PM PDT6d 15hTop Rated PlusBrand: Artley
  • Gemeinhardt 22SP Flute With Hard Case

    Up for sale is this preowned Gemeinhardt 22SP Flute With Hard Case. This flute is in good overall condition and comes as pictured with the original case and cloth. Please refer to all pictures to verify the complete condition of this item. Us shipping only. Thank you for viewing our listing. 0 or negative feedback orders will be cancelled
    Brand: Gemeinhardt
    $11.10 shipping
    or Best Offer
  • New ListingGORGEOUS Gemeinhardt~SOLID STERLING Flute~ HANDMADE 3SS~

    O NL Y suitablef or INDOOR us e! N ot marching ba nd, or inexperienced ha nd s. Th is i s a Professionall ev el f lu te, su it ed f or a y ou ng a du lt /a du lt musician.
    0 bids
    Ending Friday at 1:22PM PDT4d 10hBrand: GemeinhardtType: Concert Flute
  • DeFord Thinwall Sterling Silver Open Hole Professional Grade Flute

    DeFord Thinwall Sterling Silver Open Hole Professional Grade Flute. Inline G. Low B foot. Gizmo key to facilitate high C. Recent complete overhaul. Like new. Rarely used. Shipped with USPS Priority Mail. Overhaul included: Remove and replace head cork, tune head joint. Rebuild all clean key stacks with new lubricant and reinstall pins. Clean all hinged tubes. Replace pads. All new pads shimmed for exact seal applied. Regulated spring tension across all keys. Apply oil to all keys and mechanisms. Hand clean and cloth polish.
    Brand: DeFord
    $11.10 shipping
    or Best Offer
  • Elkhart Gemeinhardt 3 Flute in Hard Case

    It does have 1 small dent on the flute.
    10 bids
    $15.00 shipping
    Ending Thursday at 10:20AM PDT3d 7hBrand: ELKHART
  • Selmer Omega Solid Silver Flute with Protet Max Case

    Selmer Omega Solid Silver Flute with Gold Lined HeadJoint and Gold Lip plate. Condition is Used. Shipped with USPS Priority Mail. This flute has been an excellent instrument for me for over 20 years! This flute is sterling silver, The headjoint is gold with silver plate over and the lip plate is gold. It is open hole with a B-Foot. The flute has an overhaul last summer and plays awesome! The flute also comes with a Protect Max Case with a large front pocket to hold a piccolo!
    Brand: Selmer
    $8.75 shipping
    Type: Concert Flute
    or Best Offer
  • Gemeinhardt M2 Silver Plate Flute Elkhart IN With Case,

    1 bid
    $8.00 shipping
    Ending Saturday at 3:01PM PDT5d 12hBrand: Gemeinhardt

    Great Price - A Flute Played 3 Times & Put Back In Case
    Type: Alto Flute
    Free shipping
    or Best Offer
  • Jupiter JFL-710 Student Model Silver Plated Flute

    Up for sale is a Jupiter JFL-710 Student Model Silver Plated Flute. The pads are also in great shape with no air leaks. It also has a protec lip protector and cleaning stick in the original case.
    1 bid
    $19.05 shipping
    Ending Tuesday at 5:31PM PDT1d 15hBrand: Jupiter
  • New ListingBundy Flute

    Bundy Flute. Condition is Seller refurbished. Shipped with USPS Priority Mail. Never actually played on this instrument, just blew a few notes and that was it. Payed $950 asking $350 OBO. Will be cleaned and polished before shipping.
    Brand: Bundy
    $12.00 shipping
    Type: Concert Flute
    or Best Offer
  • Jan Michael LookingWolf Signature G Used Native American Flute Aromatic Cedar

    This beautiful flute sounds as nice as it looks and is a very smooth easy player. Happy Fluting Ya'll!
    0 bids
    $14.35 shipping
    Ending Wednesday at 9:36PM PDT2d 19h
  • 1918 William S. Haynes commercial model flute, plays beautifully

    Closed hole, offset G. Light, quick key action with that fluid Haynes feel and tone. Fine-tuned by Flute Center of New York. All pads like new, seal perfectly. Note: side Bb lever acts as a thumb B-C trill key (ergo, not as Bb key).
    Brand: Haynes
    $25.00 shipping
    Type: Concert Flute
    or Best Offer
  • Used Flute Bundy by Selmer

    Used Flute--Bundy by Selmer. Condition is Used. Serial number 443429
    0 bids
    $14.99 shipping
    Ending Thursday at 8:50AM PDT3d 6hBrand: Bundy

    This is a Yamaha yfl-285S open hole flute. The pads look decent, see pictures. You will want to adjust keys for best compression/performance.
    Brand: Yamaha
    $17.00 shipping
  • Vintage Antique Wood Flute With Burl Wood Veneer Case

    Found in box of books from late parents. Appears to be Ebony or Horn, with silver fittings. Don't know a thing about it. I did not try to assemble it. It does appear to need restoration - see photos.
    26 bids
    $13.45 shipping
    Ending Today at 10:44AM PDT8h 20m
  • Gemeinhardt M3 Solid Silver Flute Made in 69-73

    Brand: Gemeinhardt
    $10.15 shipping
    or Best Offer
  • 1971 Solid Silver Haynes Golden Age Commercial Model Flute With B Foot

    This Beautiful Flute Has The Following Options.
    0 bids
    $30.00 shipping
    Ending Today at 7:17AM PDT4h 53mBrand: HaynesType: Concert Flute
  • Tanaka Flute

    Up for sale is a Tanaka 519RE flute.
    $15.00 shipping
    or Best Offer
  • Jupiter Brand Student Flute!!

    In good playable condition. There is a small dent on the mouthpiece that make it tough to connect/disconnect (as shown in the pictures). ERB15,876-amid. We are closed on weekends.
    0 bids
    $9.99 shipping
    Ending Tuesday at 9:16AM PDT1d 6hBrand: Jupiter
  • New Yamaha Alto Flute copy made by Dc Pro factory key of G key list $2,998.00

    THIS IS NOT A Yamaha Alto Flute. DC PRO alto flutes are also fitted. I could play all the notes in this flute. Has deep, dark, rich tone. Good quality flute. I have been playing the flute professionally for 35 years.
    Type: Alto Flute
    $30.00 shipping
    or Best Offer
  • Yamaha 225SII Flute with Case

    We will do everything within our power to quickly resolve your inquiries. Pictures are of actual item. In Good condition.
    0 bids
    $10.99 shipping
    Ending Thursday at 5:10PM PDT3d 14hBrand: YamahaType: Concert Flute
  • Altus Azumi Flute AZ-2SRBO MINT

    All Azumi flutes feature pointed key arms for an elegant and refined look, improved key strength, and even pad wear. The Altus/Bennett scale makes these flutes effortless to play in tune. Amazon website.
    Brand: Altus
    $25.00 shipping
  • YAMAHA YFL-221 Flute

    Ex Almost New Condition YAMAHA YFL-221 Flute Beginners.
    19 bids
    $11.35 shipping
    Ending Today at 9:17AM PDT6h 53mBrand: Yamaha
  • Jupiter CXL Silver Plated Flute w/Original Case. L@@K!

    Jupiter CXL Silver Plated Flute w/Original Case. L@@K!. Condition is Used. Shipped with USPS Priority Mail. Excellent condition! Comes in the case
    0 bids
    $9.25 shipping
    Ending Saturday at 2:53PM PDT5d 12hBrand: Jupiter
  • Mendini C Flute w/ Spilt E+Stand, Tuner & Book-6 Colors

    With Durable Case & Cleaning Kit~Instructors Approved
    $69.99 to $279.99
    Free shipping
  • Antique Nach H.F. Meyer Ivory and Wooden German Flute/Piccolo W/Original Case

    All Keys operate smoothly, although all will need repadding. The Leather-Bound / Wooden Case is in good condition, with obvious age wear on the corners and edges. This is a great Antique Flute, worthy of restoration, and will be an excellent addition to your collection.
    3 bids
    $9.80 shipping
    Ending Friday at 8:21AM PDT4d 5h
  • NEW Gemeinhardt 2SP w/Case! GREAT VALUE

    Priced for perfection, features include • Includes: Case. • Pads: Standard. • Foot: Silver Plated C-Foot. • Keys: Silver Plated.
    Brand: Gemeinhardt
    $15.95 shipping
  • Sankyo Artist Solid Silver Flute with Miyazawa MZ 11 Headjoint

    Condition is Used. The Miyazawa lip plate has one small scratch which doesn't affect the playing. MZ 11. 38 with. 990 Silver riser.
    0 bids
    Free shipping
    Ending Wednesday at 2:38PM PDT2d 12hBrand: MiyazawaType: Concert Flute
  • Vintage Antique Wood Flute With Case 26”

    Vintage Antique Wood Flute With Case 26”. Condition is Used.lovely wood, No signature found, needs refurbished... Sold as is, we inherited this item not a lot is known, Except it is extremely old!
    $9.45 shipping
    Guaranteed by Thu, Jun 20
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  • Vintage Artley U.S.A. Piccolo Flute with Case - Model 15-P

    Up for sale is a beautiful Artley 15-P piccolo flute with a nice hard carry case and a cleaning rod. All keys work properly. The back of the case has black magic marker on it to cover old initialsof the previous owner.
    0 bids
    $13.40 shipping
    Ending Today at 2:42PM PDT12h 18mBrand: Artley

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Flutes have long been considered a soothing and melodic addition to any band. Capable of reaching pitches much higher than those of other band instruments, they are an integral part of any full orchestra composition. From novice to professional, there are many types of flutes to suit everyone from the beginner to the expert player.

What types of metal are used to construct flutes?

The type of metal used to make the instrument will depend on the type of flute.

  • Student: This design is typically constructed of a metal alloy that is a combination of nickel, copper, and zinc. Student flutes are typically plated with silver or nickel to help protect the flute and create a unique tone.
  • Intermediate: An intermediate flute is typically constructed of similar materials to that of the student model. However, this model often features a solid silver head joint, making the flute sound richer and more professional.
  • Professional: This flute includes a solid silver head joint and typically also includes a solid silver body. Ideally, this expert-level flute will also include solid silver keys.

How do you test a new flute?

To determine if a new flute produces quality sound and is free from any defects, it must first be played thoroughly. To test a new flute, perform the following:

  • Play several long notes to warm up the flute.
  • Play both slow and fast scales to examine the pitch, tone, and responsiveness of the instrument.
  • Test the articulation of the instrument by tonguing slowly and then quickly. Also try playing the instrument without tonguing, using only the diaphragm.
  • To test the tone, play the same piece in varying octaves. It is important that the flute produce the same tone throughout a range of octaves.
  • Test notes in the lower range for fullness and test notes in the higher range for conciseness and sharpness.

What are the differences between closed hole and open hole flutes?

A closed hole flute is typically only used by novice flutists. This type of flute features keys that are pressed down fully on top of each opening in the instrument. The sound of the closed hole flute is very consistent and quite mechanical, while open hole models have a richer and more varied tone. Open hole flutes feature keys containing holes that must be covered fully by the fingers of the flutist. These flutes are capable of creating different sound effects and are typically only used by more advanced players.

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