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 Traversos.
Her ability to assess a clients needs and choose an appropriate instrument caused the Conn Instrument Company to attempt to engage her services for them. However, she excells at working as an independent consultant, using her talents as a highly respected flutist to determine "The Right Flute for the Right Flutist".
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. Being an independent she has access to all brands of flutes. Please understand that if a client-chosen flute does not meet Jean's exhaustive criteria, she will supply the instrument for the client, but it will come with her assesment, rather than her guarantee!
With so many changes in flute technology, and innovation incorporated in the designs of flutes and piccolos, Jean is constantly playing and assessing instruments new to the market. This attention to detail, plus her instinctive and technical abilities, give her the edge needed to separate the fine instruments from the rank, inferior ones, thus assuring you of the best possible choice for your needs and budget.
Flute Quality Alert - An important message about the quantity and quality of Silver in most of today's contemporary flutes and piccolos.
It has come to my attention that in addition to the plethora of cheap flutes out there, some top name brand flute makers such as, Haynes, Powell, Sonaré, and others, have joined the "Asian takeover" and all or parts of their instruments are compromised by INFERIOR Asian manufacture. One of the worst consequences of this is that some products actually contain a toxic form of tin plating (which has been known to cause rash as well as other consequences) and the use of inferior silver, and parts that break down making the flutes unrepairable. Todays instruments rarely contain the purity and quality of Sterling Silver found in the older, classic American flutes and piccolos. This information comes directly to me from a metalurgist / flute tecnician / player. I am costantly on the alert for better and more honest products. "Buyer Beware", seek out my site for qualified information and sales; it is a very dishonest market out there.
My Business Philosophy
The most important benefit of this website is to offer honest, expert sales service in an effort to circumvent the lure of dealing with "virtual stores" and unscrupulous dealers.
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 quality available.
Important notice In order to avoid confusion about my service, it must be noted that "Howtobuyaflute.com" 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 use 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.
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 …
Remember, "Quality Pays For Its Own Expense."
Flute Evaluation Criteria used by Jean
Necessary merits of flute need to be:
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 is paid by my supplier, the only charge to my customers is the cost of the flute and shipping costs.
When you buy a flute from me, payment for new instruments may be consummated by use of credit card, cashier's check or postal money order. Used instruments, or instruments personally owned by me, may be paid for by cashier's check or postal money order.