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Flutes

The flute is the oldest member of the woodwind family and has always been one of our most popular starter instruments. It is pitched in the key of C, notated in treble clef and, unlike nearly all other woodwind instruments, requires no reed; it is played by blowing air across the lip plate. Nowadays flutes are available in various materials and sizes, the ‘standard’ being a silver-plated, nickel silver flute with a straight head, but there are options available for younger players and the more advanced such as plastic flutes, curved headjoints, solid silver lip plates and much much more! Please see the foot of the page for our detailed buying guide.

We at Chamberlain Music always do our best to keep a good selection of student flutes in stock, from value models such as the John Packer JP011 and Selmer Prelude FL710 to more expensive, better known models such as the Yamaha YFL 211 (now replaced by the YFL212!), Jupiter 700EC and Trevor James TJ10X. If you experience any difficulty finding a particular model or would simply like to speak to someone about the different choices available, please don’t hesitate to call our sales team on 01428 658806.

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  • JP Instruments JP011MKII student flute outfit
    JP Instruments JP011MKII student flute outfit
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  • JP Instruments JP010CH flute outfit - Kinder junior model curved head
    JP Instruments JP010CH flute outfit - Kinder junior model curved head
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  • Nuvo NSF1 student flute outfit in black
    Nuvo NSF1 student flute outfit in black
    The NSF1 student flute is part of the highly-acclaimed instrument range created by Nuvo, who...
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  • Elkhart 100FLE student flute outfit
    Elkhart 100FLE student flute outfit
    Elkhart s range of flutes have long been the staple in classrooms nationwide. Designed and...
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  • Elkhart 101FLU student flute
    Elkhart 101FLU student flute
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  • Just Flutes JFL-201E student flute outfit
    Just Flutes JFL-201E student flute outfit
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    Just Flutes JFL-201EU student flute outfit with curved and striaght headjoints
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  • Trevor James TJ10X student flute outfit
    Trevor James TJ10X student flute outfit
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  • Jupiter JFL-700EC student flute outfit
    Jupiter JFL-700EC student flute outfit
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  • Aulos AF1 Grenser Baroque Flute
    Aulos AF1 Grenser Baroque Flute
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  • Yamaha YFL212 student flute outfit
    Yamaha YFL212 student flute outfit
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  • Yamaha YFL312 student flute outfit
    Yamaha YFL312 student flute outfit
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  • JP Instruments JP011CH student flute with curved & straight heads
    JP Instruments JP011CH student flute with curved & straight heads
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  • Yamaha FHJ200U curved flute head joint
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  • Elkhart 100FLP student flute in pink
    Elkhart 100FLP student flute in pink
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  • Elkhart 100FLV student flute in purple
    Elkhart 100FLV student flute in purple
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  • Armstrong FL650 student flute outfit
    Armstrong FL650 student flute outfit
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  • Jupiter JFL700 student flute outfit with curved & straight heads
    Jupiter JFL700 student flute outfit with curved & straight heads
    The Jupiter 700UE flute is very popular with teachers and students as it has a suberb, warm...
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  • Trevor James TJ10X student flute outfit with curved & straight heads
    Trevor James TJ10X student flute outfit with curved & straight heads
    The TJ10x flute is affordable yet reliable instrument and is a trusted model recommended by...
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  • Trevor James 31PF Privilege flute outfit
    Trevor James 31PF Privilege flute outfit
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  • Yamaha YFL212U student flute outfit with curved & straight heads
    Yamaha YFL212U student flute outfit with curved & straight heads
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  • Trevor James 31CF Cantabile flute outfit
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  • Yamaha YFL312GL flute outfit with silver headjoint and gold lip plate
    Yamaha YFL312GL flute outfit with silver headjoint and gold lip plate
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  • Yamaha YFL412 solid silver flute outfit
    Yamaha YFL412 solid silver flute outfit
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BUYING GUIDE

Straight head, curved head or plastic?

Most students start learning the standard sized, metal ‘straight head’ flute when they are 8 or 9 years old. If your child wants to start learning at an earlier age, it is likely they will need a ‘curved head’ flute which is shorter in length meaning their hands won’t have to stretch as far to reach the keys. Curved head flutes have all of the same notes as a straight head flute unless otherwise stated (the John Packer JP010CH Kinder model for example is especially short and only goes down to a bottom D). The appropriate age for learning a straight or curved-head flute will of course differ from child to child so we highly recommend you check with a flute teacher before purchasing one or the other.
Plastic ‘Nuvo’ flutes are a recent development and have proved to be extremely popular with beginners and schools. They are super lightweight, washable, affordable, durable, customisable and most impressively they make a lovely sound, very similar to that of a wooden flute. Nuvo flutes are available in a variety of sizes and colours.

Construction material

-Nickel silver-
This is the standard building material for student flutes. It is durable, comparatively dent-resistant and produces a lovely, bright tone making it perfect for beginner flute players. It is usually coupled with silver-plating which makes the instrument sturdier and also makes it less likely to tarnish over time.

-Sterling (solid) silver-
Solid silver featured either on the lip plate, headjoint or the entire instrument will darken and enrich the sound. It is not as dent-resistant as nickel silver and is therefore perhaps not the best option for younger players, but any intermediate player will benefit from the improved tonal quality it provides.

-Gold-
We have a new ‘YFL312GL’ flute from Yamaha which features a gold lip plate. Not only does this look fantastic, but it provides added traction for the bottom lip making it easier to play fast passages of music.

What is an ‘offset G’ and a ‘split E mechanism’?

Offset G
The G key on a flute is played with the third finger of the player’s left hand. If this finger is as short or shorter than their index finger then they will be much more comfortable playing a flute with an offset G. When a G is offset, it is positioned closer to the left hand, not in line with the rest of the keys. This feature has no impact on the sound quality whatsoever and is therefore seen on nearly all modern student flutes.
Split E mechanism
A ‘split E’ is a technical feature designed to enhance the response of the high E (two octaves above middle C). It involves splitting up one of the keys and is something that a flute either has or doesn’t have. It is particularly helpful on student flutes as players often have difficulty producing a clear tone on this note without it. Again, practically all student flutes nowadays have a split-e mechanism.

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