Student model flutes are designed for the beginning student.  They usually feature a silver-plated nickel silver headjoint, body, footjoint and keys and have an offset G key, C footjoint and closed hole (Plateau) keys. Student flutes usually range in price from $400-$1000.

Student Flutes (straight headjoint, closed hole, C foot):
Gemeinhardt 2BLK (black nickel plated)
Gemeinhardt 2SP
Jupiter 511S
Nuova NFL-3S
Pearl PF-500
Pearl PF-505E
Trevor James 10XC
Yamaha YFL-221

Some student model flutes are also available with a curved headjoint, which brings the body of the flute closer to the student’s body, therefore making it easier for smaller children to hold the instrument.

Student Flutes (curved and straight headjoints, closed hole, C foot):
Gemeinhardt 2SPCH
Jupiter 515S
Trevor James 10XC2

Intermediate Student Flutes are normally considered upgraded student models.  They feature the same closed hole (Plateau) keys, offset G and C footjoint as the basic student models, but they have either a sterling silver headjoint, or a sterling silver headjoint, body and footjoint.  The addition of the silver tends to add more to the tone of the flute. These models are favorites for adult players that have issues with open hole (French) style keys. Intermediate Student flutes usually range between $750-$2000 depending on the body tubing material.

Intermediate Student Flutes (silver head and/or body, closed hole, C foot):
Gemeinhardt 2SH (silver head)
Yamaha YFL-321 (silver head)
Yamaha YFL-421 (silver head and body)

Intermediate Flutes are considered upgrades from beginning student flutes. There are many options available at this level. Some flutes will be all silver plated, some will have a silver riser or a silver lip plate/riser combination, some will have a silver headjoint, and some will have a silver headjoint, body and footjoint. All intermediate model flutes will have open hole (French keys), a choice of inline or offset G, and a B footjoint. The all silver-plated Intermediate model flutes range in price between $560-900.

Intermediate Flutes (all silver plated, C foot):
Gemeinhardt 3

Intermediate Flutes (all silver plated, B foot):
Gemeinhardt 3B
Gemeinhardt 3OB-BLK (black nickel plated tubing)
Jupiter 511R
Pearl PF-505RB/RBE
Trevor James Privilege

A silver riser or a silver lip plate/riser combination can add a little more warmth to the tone of the instrument. This is a nice option for a player that would like a flute that sounds a bit closer to the sound of a flute with a silver headjoint, but may be on a strict budget. This level of intermediate flute can range in price between $780-1100.

Intermediate Flutes (silver lip and riser, B foot):
Dean Yang Amber
Di Zhao DZ300 (silver riser only)
Pearl PF-525RB/RBE
Trevor James Privilege SLR

Intermediate flutes with a silver headjoint are one of the most popular options for a first upgrade.  These flutes range in price between $1000-2000.

Intermediate Flutes (silver headjoint, B foot):
Dean Yang Topaz
Gemeinhardt 3SHB
Jupiter 611R
Pearl PF-665
Pearl PF-665 Vigore
Yamaha YFL-361H/381H

Intermediate flutes with a silver headjoint and body are another very popular upgrade option for a first-time upgrade.  The silver tubing will add a little more weight to the flute, but the sound should be more full and warm. These models range in price between $1400-3200 depending on the optional features that are chosen.

Intermediate Flutes (silver headjoint and body, B foot):
Dean Yang Emerald
Gemeinhardt 3SB-NG
Jupiter 711R
Pearl PF-765
Pearl PF-765 Vigore
Yamaha YFL-461H/481H

Pre-Professional Flutes feature handcut or hand-finished headjoints, open hole (French) keys, a B footjoint, and some will even offer more options such as C# trill key, gold risers, pointed key arms, and more for an additional cost. Please click on each link to see what options are available for each model, as they can vary from manufacturer to manufacturer.

Pre-Professional Flutes with a silver headjoint, open hole (French) and dapped (Y-arm) keys and B footjoint range in price between $1100-1600.

Pre-Professional Flutes (silver handcut headjoint, B foot):

Amadeus AF600
Di Zhao DZ400
Powell Sonare PS-501

Pre-Professional Flutes with a silver headjoint, open hole (French) keys and pointed key arms and B footjoint range in price between $1250-3250.

Pre-Professional Flutes (silver handcut headjoint, pointed key arms, B foot):
Amadeus AF800
Azumi AZ2
Di Zhao DZ500
Gemeinhardt 33SHB
Gemeinhardt 33SHB-BG
Haynes Q1
North Bridge NB-5
Pearl PF-695
Pearl PF-695 Vigore
Powell Sonare PS-505
Trevor James Cantabile
Yamaha YFL-577H/587H

Pre-Professional flutes with silver handcut headjoint, silver body, open hole (French) keys and dapped (Y-arm) keys, and B footjoint range in price between $1800-2200. 

Pre-Professional Flutes (silver handcut headjoint and silver body, B foot):
Amadeus AF700
Dean Yang Emerald
Di Zhao DZ600
North Bridge NB-6
Powell Sonare PS-601

Pre-Professional Flutes with silver handcut headjoint, silver body, pointed key arms and B foot range in price from $2200 to over $8000 due to the many options that are available at this level.

Pre-Professional Flutes (silver handcut headjoint, silver body and foot, pointed key arms, B foot):
Amadeus AF900
Azumi AZ3
Dean Yang Emerald Special
Di Zhao DZ700
Gemeinhardt 33SB
Gemeinhardt 33SB-NG
Haynes Q2
Haynes Q2 Galway
North Bridge NB-7
Pearl PF-795RB/RBE
Pearl PF-795RB/RBE Vigore
Powell Sonare PS-705
Powell Sonare PS-705KT
Resona R300
Trevor James Aria (soldered tone holes)
Yamaha YFL-677H/687H

Pre-Professional Flutes (gold/silver alloy tubing, silver plated keys, B foot):
Haynes Q Fusion

Professional level handmade flutes come with a variety of options, including: tubing material, lip plate and riser metal, headjoint cuts, trill key options, drawn or soldered tones holes, roller options, engraving, tubing thicknesses and more. Most professional level handmade flutes are made in the USA or Japan. Please visit each link for a selection of options for each model.  Prices can range from as low as $3195 to well over $20,000.

Handmade Flutes (silver lip and riser, handcut headjoint, drawn tone holes, B foot):
Altus 807

Handmade Flutes (silver handcut headjoint, drawn tone holes, B foot):
Altus 907
Altus L907
Muramatsu EX
Sankyo CF-201

Handmade Flutes (silver handcut headjoint, silver body, drawn tone holes, B foot):
Altus 1107
Muramatsu GX
Sankyo CF-301

Handmade Flutes (all silver, handcut headjoint, drawn tone holes, B foot):
Altus 1207
Altus 1307
Burkart BS16B
Burkart BS18B
Di Zhao Silver Handmade DTH
Gemeinhardt 33SSB
Gemeinhardt 33SSB-BG
Gemeinhardt Ali Ryerson Signature Model
Haynes Q3
Haynes Handmade Silver DTH
Muramatsu DS
Pearl PF-8800
Pearl PF-9700
Pearl PF-9800
Powell Signature
Powell Handmade Conservatory Silver
Powell Handmade Silver DTH
Sankyo CF-401
Trevor James Concerti
Yamaha YFL-777H/787H

Handmade Flutes (all silver with plating option, drawn tone holes, B foot):
Altus 1207 Atsui 18K (sterling silver with 18K gold plated tubing)
Altus 1207 Atsui Platinum (sterling silver with platinum plated tubing)
Muramatsu Platinum Clad (sterling silver with complete platinum plating)

Handmade Flutes (alloys with silver keys, drawn tone holes, B foot):
Brannen 15/85 DTH
Burkart BS9KAGB
Haynes Handmade 5% Gold DTH
Powell Handmade Conservatory Aurumite 9K

Handmade Flutes (all silver, soldered tone holes, B foot):
Altus 1407
Altus 1507
Altus 1607
Altus 1707
Brannen Silver Brogger
Burkart BSSB
Di Zhao Silver Handmade STH
Haynes Q4 (soldered tone holes)
Haynes Handmade Silver STH
Muramatsu SR
Nagahara 950 Silver – Standard Model
Nagahara 950 Silver – Full Concert Model
Pearl PF-9701
Pearl PF-9801
Powell Handmade Silver STH
Sankyo CF-601
Sankyo CF-901
Yamaha YFL-867/877/887/897HST

Handmade Flutes (alloys with silver keys, soldered tone holes, B foot):
Altus 1807
Brannen 15/85 STH
Burkart BS998
Burkart BS5-95
Haynes Handmade 5% Gold STH
Haynes Handmade Fusion-I
Haynes Handmade Fusion-O
Nagahara 950PT50 Silver – Standard Model
Nagahara 950PT50 Silver – Full Concert Model
Powell Handmade Aurumite 14K
Powell Handmade Ruby Aurumite 14K

Handmade Gold Flutes (gold tubing, drawn tone holes, B foot):
Altus 5207 (14K tubing)
Burkart BS14KB (14K tubing)
Muramatsu 9K (9K tubing)
Muramatsu 14K (14K tubing)
Pearl PF-9810 (10K tubing)
Pearl PF-9840 (14K tubing)
Pearl PF-9870 (18K tubing)
Powell Handmade 9K DTH (9K tubing)
Powell Handmade 10K DTH (10K tubing)
Powell Handmade 14K DTH (14K tubing)
Powell Handmade 19.5K DTH (19.5K tubing)
Sankyo 10K-2 DT (10K tubing)
Sankyo 14K-3 DT (14K tubing)

Handmade Gold Flutes (gold rubing, soldered tone holes, B foot):
Altus 5407 (14K tubing)
Brannen 10K Brogger (10K tubing)
Brannen 14K Brogger (14K tubing)
Brannen 19.5K Brogger (19.5K tubing)
Burkart 10K Gold (10K tubing)
Burkart 14K Gold (14K tubing)
Di Zhao Handmade Gold (14K tubing)
Haynes Handmade 10K Gold (10K tubing)
Haynes Handmade 14K Gold (14K tubing)
Haynes Handmade 19.5K Gold (19.5K tubing)
Nagahara 10K Gold – Standard Model (10K tubing)
Nagahara 14K Gold – Standard Model (14K tubing)
Nagahara 16K Gold – Standard Model (16K tubing)
Nagahara 18K Gold – Standard Model (18K tubing)
Nagahara 20K Gold – Standard Model (20K tubing)
Pearl PF-9811 (10K tubing)
Pearl PF-9841 (14K tubing)
Pearl PF-9871 (18K tubing)
Powell Handmade 9K STH (9K tubing)
Powell Handmade 10K STH (10K tubing)
Powell Handmade 14K STH (14K tubing
Powell Handmade 19.5K DTH (19.5K tubing)
Powell Handmade 19.5K STH (19.5K tubing)
Sankyo 10K-2 ST (10K tubing)
Sankyo 14K-3 ST (14K tubing)
Yamaha YFL-900 Series (14K tubing)

Handmade Platinum Flutes (platinum tubing, soldered tone holes, B foot):
Brannen Handmade Platinum
Burkart Handmade Platinum
Haynes Handmade Platinum
Powell Handmade Platinum

Wood Flutes (wood tubing, silver keys, B foot):
Powell Handmade Grenadilla-B
Sankyo Grenadilla Wood Flute
Yamaha YFL-874HW/894HW Grenadilla Flutes