How To Buy A Flute

Jean Antrim, Flute Sales Consultant

Best Value and Quality for your Money

An overview of today's Flute purchasing market raises many RED Flags and needs to serve as a WARNING to potential flute customers, especially amateurs, students, and inadequately informed private teachers, as well as professionals.  As buyers from all levels of playing approach me for guidance and sales information, the frequency of my choosing older, well-made, American (only) flutes and Piccolos is gaining very rapidly.  Uneducated flute buyers are so vulnerable to the predatory and dishonest dealer practices going on, that many tragic and expensive flute purchasing mistakes are the norm.

The advertising "HYPE" is seductive and deceptive, and naïve flute buyers are the innocent victims.  So "BUYER BEWARE", and please consult and trust this site (as hundreds of flutists have already done) to …

  1. work, honestly and knowledgeably, for the player's best interest, and
  2. trust that you, the customer, will be the ultimate winner, receiving "real" quality and value for your money, and that you will be purchasing a quality instrument that entirely meets YOUR NEEDS.

Remember, "Quality Pays Its Own Expense."


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

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 my commission for new instruments is paid by my supplier, the only charge to my customers is the cost of the flute and shipping costs.

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.

Flute Quality Alert
There are some respected Brands of flute makers who have joined the Asian manufacturing Marketplace, with the result that all or parts of these instruments may be compromised by inexpensive manufacture.  Poor quality silver and/or parts can render these instruments unrepairable and some, which are finished in a toxic metal bath, can cause problems.  I sell and support only new and used American-made flutes and piccolos - No Exceptions!

Buyers please beware!

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.

Fall & Winter Special Incentive
All new purchasers of new and used flutes thru will receive one free 45-minute On Line Skype® Flute Lesson with Master Teacher Jean Antrim!  Click here to learn more.  Hurry - Offer ends March 1, 2016.

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.  

NEW!  Online Flute Lessons

with Jean Antrim


Enjoy one-on-one flute lessons with one of the best flute teachers in North America, right from the comfort of your own home.  Jean will “come to you” via Skype® and directly supervise your learning experience.  You’ll be amazed at how quickly your abilities will progress because you will not be left on your own, trying to learn from printed materials or by watching a video.

Click here if you are interested in finding out more, or contact .