Flute Features

This page offers a quick overview of different flute features. In the various characteristic headings I have indicated the level of the flute player next to the sub-categories. Remember if you are a beginner then you don’t want to purchase something in the professional range at this point.

Flute Body

Beginners
Nickle headjoint body and keys

Beginners and Intermediate
Silver plated headjoint, silver plated body and keys
Solid silver headjoint, silver plated body and keys

Intermediate and Professional
Solid silver body and headjoint, silver plated keys

Professional
Solid silver body, headjoint and keys – May be handmade

Flute Range

Beginners Ages 7 and 8
Prodigy = Goes as low as D. 2 pieces – Curved headjoint and body

Beginners Ages 9+ and Intermediate
C foot (Goes as low as C). 3 pieces: Headjoint (can be curved or straight – curved is better suited to younger students, ages 9-10), Body and Footjoint

For More Competitive Flutists And Professionals
B foot (Goes as low as B). 3 pieces: Headjoint, Body and Footjoint

Bells and Whistles

Beginners
Closed holes – known as Plateau keys

Beginners and flutists more comfortable with the Offset G
Offset

Intermediate and Professional
Split E, C# Trill, Rollers
Inline
Open holes – known as French keys