Jean Paul USA FL-220 Student Flute

By Woodwind | Flute Reviews

Nov 21
Jean Paul USA FL-220 Student Flute

OVERVIEW

Seeking a quality flute for a potential student musician but not wanting to spend too much money? The Jean Paul USA FL-220 Student Flute is a beautiful flute and under a couple hundred dollars, a great price for a quality beginner instrument. It also comes with a nice zippered style carrying case and cleaning essentials.

There are 2 options when purchasing this flute:

  1. Flute: This option gets you the flute with a carrying case, gloves, cleaning rod, and cloth; these are the essentials for any student.
  2. Beginner Bundle: For a little bit more, this option not only gets you the flute with carrying case, gloves, cleaning rod, and cloth, but also the Essential Elements book and a maintenance kit for flute including an instruction guide, oils, brushes, and cloths. The book allows you to begin learning the basics of the flute as well as some tunes, which would be nice if you are getting your feet wet with the flute. The maintenance kit is an addition to keep your flute in tip-top shape.

FEATURES

  • French style closed hole and power-forged keys
  • Nickel plated finish and cupronickel body material
  • Included: carrying case, gloves, cleaning rod, and cloth
  • Designed for beginner/intermediate students
  • Key of C
  • Student-friendly embouchure plate
  • C foot and offset – G key

PROS

The Jean Paul USA FL-220 Student Flute is a beautiful instrument with a great looking case. The nickel plated finish creates a nice silver look, and the French style closed hole keys look great as well as play easily.

The robust carrying case is included, making it easy to transport between home and school, and it keeps the flute safe. This Jean Paul USA flute also comes with everything you need to keep it clean: a rod, cloth, and gloves.

This flute was designed specifically for students from beginner to intermediate levels. Young players will easily hold and play this flute due to its C foot, offset-G key, and closed hole design. The student-friendly embouchure plate also makes it easier to play and creates a great sound.

A definite plus is the value of this flute. There is no sense in buying an expensive student flute to find playing flute isn’t for you or your child. While not the most expensive or the cheapest flute option, the quality of this student flute is great for the price. Buying is the more economical choice versus renting, and it comes with essentials like a nice looking carrying case and cleaning items.

Jean Paul USA manufactures quality band instruments, including this flute. Each instrument is tested twice, first at the factory and second at the corporate facility. Their instruments are also backed by a 1 year parts & labor warranty. Customers have attested to their excellent customer service.

CONS

While the Jean Paul USA FL-220 Student Flute has many great qualities, there may be a few downsides depending on your situation.

If spending a couple hundred dollars is too expensive, especially if you or your child is only wanting to try the instrument out, you may want to purchase a cheaper starter flute. You could also check into renting for a couple months, or see if a local music store allows you to try instruments out there.

If you do go ahead and purchase this flute and eventually find that the flute needs repairing, your local repair shop might not be able to help you. Researching reviews on Amazon can also lead one to believe that you won’t be able to return it to Amazon. However, it would also seem that some customers did not try contacting Jean Paul customer service themselves. Those that did had favorable outcomes, so keep this in mind.

FINAL COMPARISON

The Jean Paul USA FL-220 Student Flute is the only flute made by the company Jean Paul USA, created for beginners and intermediates alike. The price range is also relatively low, but let us compare the Jean Paul to other starter flutes to see.

On the low end of the starter flute price is the Glory Closed Hole C Flute. This flute can be purchased for under $100. For those who want a uniquely colored flute, this would be the brand to get. Featured in many different colors, this flute is an excellent beginner’s choice, especially those who are unsure or at least not wanting to spend a lot of money at first.

On the high end of the starter flute price is the Gemeinhardt 2SP Flute with Straight Headjoint. This flute ranges above $300, has a triple coated silver plated finish, is very durable and professionally made with beginner students in mind. However, it is not as easy to play as Yamaha flutes, another more expensive option.

VERDICT

The Jean Paul USA FL-220 Student Flute is a beautiful and quality flute, great for any beginner student, whether child or adult. While not the cheapest flute option, it’s price is justified with its quality, so the Jean Paul USA gets a 4.5 out of 5 product rating.

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