In your opinion/experience which brand of flute is the best? Yamaha, Jupiter, or Armstrong?

10 Answers

  • Paloma
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago
    Favorite Answer

    Yamaha flute are very good and the most consistant of the 3. They also have the best resell value and tend have less problems. My students really enjoy their Yamaha flutes!

    Source(s): Flute teacher at Long Island Conservatory and Interlochen Arts Camp.
  • 1 decade ago

    NOT Armstrong - the company has fallen upon times that are not of the quality they once had. Jupiter - 611 for silver head, 711 for all silver body (better. Yamaha - 361 series, 461 0 higher is you have LOTS of cash. Jupiter is part of a firm that also makes DiMedici and ALTUS (not Capitol, as someone erooneously stated!) I assume you are a student asking about a step-up flute for yourself. Professional flutes are an ENTIRELY differnt situation. Many professional companies do not MAKE a student flute at any level, beginner or intermediate. Some companies, like Yamaha, will take you from *the cradle to the grave* - everything from a little kids flute to and artist's model.

    Without knowing your individual playing level, and goals, it is difficult to choose *what is the best*. What matters is what is the best FOR YOU. Just stay away from eBay - every day, there are 3,000 flutes for sale there, and 2900 of them are garbage, overpriced, or both. I should know - I am a professional flutist, teacher, and competitions judge in NY - for 35 years.

  • ?
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    If I had to choose between those 3, based on my experience, I would go with the Yamaha, but as other people said, it is definitely more expensive. If I had a general choice though, I love my Pearl flute, it had the nicest tone and was the easiest to play of all the ones I tried back when I bought it. I would certainly recommend going out and trying as many flutes as you can rather than relying on a particular brand name. It is much easier to make a decision if you have actually tested the various models to see which best suits you personal needs and level of experience.

    Source(s): flute player for 10 years
  • 1 decade ago

    Of those three, if I had to narrow it down to one, I would say Yamaha, aAlthough a high-end flute from one brand might be quite a bit better than a beginner flute of another brand. It is really difficult to just say one brand is "better" than another.

    For example, Jupiter, which is by all condsiderations a lower-priced (some say "bargain") brand, has a few higher-end flute lines, called DiMedici and Capital, which might be considerabely better than a low end Yamaha.

    Armstrong should only be considered a beginner or perhaps intermediate brand.

    Yamaha has flutes of beginner, intermediate and professional quality, and of the three is the only one that you might find true professionals playing, although most pros would use boutique line flutes like Haynes, Pearl or Mateki.

    So if you are looking for a student line flute, you would probablly be fine with any of those. For the money, you might get the most bang for your buck with a mid-line Jupiter. If you can't try them in person, my suggestion would be Yamaha, but it will cost you more.

    If you are an older student or thinking of majoring in music in college, take your time and try a lot of flutes at a good music store or two... picking (or disregarding) merely upon brand is really tough to endorse. Any brand has a number of individual lines of flutes with various features, but some things to look for in advanced flutes would be:

    SOLID silver (not plated or silver headjoints)

    ribbed construction

    french pointed arms

    gold plated lip (mainly for appearance, but some people have sensitivity to the silver and it can wear from the lip)

    Split e key for hight notes

    There's lots of other features to be found...

    happy flute hunting!!!

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  • Rick D
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    Yamaha. Armstrong isn't bad, but not as good as Yamaha. Jupiter's are only good for beginners, and even then it's a poor investment for long term results. I'd also recommend checking out Gemienhardt and Pearl.

    Band Director for over 20 years.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Definitely Yamaha! Jupiter and Armstrong are student model flutes and are very cheaply made. Yamahas are very well made, not too expensive and their upper-level models are used by professionals around the world.

    Source(s): I'm a private flute instructor.
  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Of the three, Yamaha is a good choice. Check out Geimenhardt too, they are really nice flutes.

    Source(s): Band teacher
  • 1 decade ago

    I would go with Yamaha. In my experience, Jupiter has not been a good brand.

    Source(s): experienced flute player.
  • 1 decade ago

    I personally like Armstrong

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    yamaha. it has the best sound. in my experience geindanhart does not have a good tone at all.

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