How To Buy A Flute

Jean Antrim, Flute Sales Consultant

Best Value and Quality for your Money

Flute Evaluation Criteria used by Jean
Necessary merits of flute need to be:

  1. Ease of Playing
  2. Accuracy of tonal ictus (immediacy of attack)
  3. Agility - mechanical response
  4. Durability
  5. Tonal Characteristics - This is usually influenced by the degree of silver, gold or other precious metals used to make the flute.
  6. Fair and affordable price

An important note about Silver and Sound
Most modern flutes marketed today are made of tubing which is electronically processed. Whereas older, classically made flutes are made of Smelted Silver (.925) or pure coin silver. The processing of the metals, by modern electronic means or older smelting methods, definitely offers a different quality of sound production, quality, and ability to play with a variety of color and expressiveness. Most modern flutes of all levels have a brighter, louder, constant sound quality. The older classic flutes offer the player an opportunity to be more expressive, using embouchure and air to play repertoire of different styles with an appropriate tone and projection.

So as you can see, in addition to my 6 criteria, the silver production is very important when I recommend flutes for sale.

Occasionally, I have very good quality used instruments, both flutes and piccolos for sale.  Please inquire if you are interested, and check my “Sales” page, too.  Keep in mind that used instruments do not have warranties or return privileges.

Since I am a recognized Affiliate and Independent Consultant for the Flute Center of NY, I can choose the best new or used flute for your needs. The only charges to my clients are the instrument’s purchase price, tax if applicable, and any shipping cost. My commission is paid by my supplier.

When you buy any flute from me, payment for the instrument may be consummated by use of PayPal®, credit card, cashier's check or postal money order.

The Right Flute for the Right Flutist

Jean Antrim
Founding member of the Internationally acclaimed Rameau Trio, in addition to her extensive performing and teaching career, has been consulting, purchasing and advising clients on all aspects of choosing and purchasing modern Flutes and Baroque Traversi.

Her services are done one to one, whether it is a parent seeking a student level flute for their youngster, all the way to a professional who lacks the expertise to choose a flute that meets all of their needs.  She will consult with prospective customers, consider all their needs, including financial and the player’s level.  Her assistance can be offered from consultation to purchase, and all the steps in between, or consultation for recommendation of a purchase.

If the client wishes to have Jean select a particular brand of flute, she can supply it, as she is not Brand dependent, or she can procure the brand that the client desires.

Jean’s Business Philosophy
The most important benefit of this website is to offer honest, expert sales advice and service in an effort to circumvent the lure of dealing with the “Virtual Marketplace”.  Many times too much information elsewhere can be misleading and confusing.

With over 60 years of professional experience as a musician, teacher, and sales consultant, I am uniquely qualified to offer you personally tailored advice and service.  I select a flute and complete the process with a successful purchase for you.  My service is not brand specific, I can offer flutes and piccolos of most brands, and come in under price, always assuring you of the very best investment available.

Important notice  “” is primarily a sales site, with appropriate advice included with the purchase of a flute, not apart from it.  My Client satisfaction and success rate of 100% is totally based on TRUST; of both my extensive experience and honest business ethic.

All students seen on this website play flutes purchased through me.  My motto, “The Right Flute for the Right Flutist”, means I will always strive to provide a superior Value-Added Service to all my students and customers.

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