Yamaha YFL-221 Student Flute

By Woodwind | Flute Reviews

Aug 10
Yamaha YFL-221 Student Flute

OVERVIEW

Investing in a child’s interest is worth it in the end. When you see your child taking a growing interest in playing the flute, he or she deserves only the best flute for students or beginners – the Yamaha YFL-221 Student Flute. It is specifically designed for students, but can be well adapted for playing throughout your child’s growing years.

FEATURES

  • Built to last
  • Extremely durable, made for beginner flutist
  • Wonderful tone
  • Great action keys; no sticking

PROS

From the brand of the flute itself, you know you are paying for quality. Yamaha doesn’t produce just any musical instrument; they produce one of the best instruments in the music industry. The Yamaha YFL-221 is built with durability in mind.

When you have a child or beginner flutist at home, with little to no knowledge of proper handling and care of a flute, the Yamaha YFL-221 won’t let you down. It doesn’t bend or break easily.

Because it is so durable, maintaining it is quite easy and cheap. You won’t find yourself on repeated trips to the repair shop because this flute is able to withstand almost everything.

The design is also suited for student flutists. It is easy to blow into, and gives off a beautiful tone thanks to the CY embouchure cut. It is also quite similar to higher-end flute models from Yamaha such as the 300 and 400 series. Which is why, considering the price, it is considered one of the “best value” flutes in the market.

Many teachers and instructors recommend this flute for beginners. If your child is going to go into flute lessons, you’ll be assured that the flute will get the teacher’s seal of recommendation.

Buying the flute certainly pays off well, especially when you’re renting a flute regularly. It’s better to spend the money on one that you’ll be able to keep, and might even pass on, if care and maintenance is followed.

The flute is made in Indonesia and shipped from Korea, both of which are known to churn out good quality products. It may not be made in the U.S.A., but Yamaha is already known for great instruments. The brand itself is an assurance of a great product, and great investment.

CONS

The Yamaha YFL-221 Student Flute is a great flute and it is covered by a manufacturer’s warranty. However, you need to be aware which seller you’re buying the instrument from. If it isn’t sold by an authorized dealer, it won’t be covered by the warranty.

There are also fake Yamaha flutes out there, so it’s best to purchasefrom an authorized dealer in order to get the most bang for your buck.

Another con, for some, is the price. Not many people are willing to shell out $400 for a beginner flute. But then again, if your student is very eager and shows a lot of promise, then investing in this would give you your money’s worth in the end.

FINAL COMPARISON

The Yamaha doesn’t have to be your only choice when it comes to finding a good student flute. The Glory Closed Hole C Flute is one example. This student flute is around $60, but delivers like you wouldn’t expect. It even comes with all the accessoriesyou need, cleaning kit and all.

You’re also not stuck with just one color. You have loads to choose from, blue, pink or anything in between. The sound? It makes almost close to a Yamaha,but not quite.

An even closer comparison to the Yamaha YFL-221 Student Flute is the Gemeinhardt 2SP Flute with Straight Headjoint. When it comes to quality student flutes, this competes with the Yamaha very closely.

It has an offset G key, professionally padded, and is triple coated with a silver plate finish. It is stunning in appearance and very sturdy thanks to the tripled coated silver finish. The tone and quality it offers is more than enough for a beginner flutist.

Lastly, you can also opt to choose the Yamaha YFL-222 Student Flute. This barely differs in price to the Yamaha YFL-221 model. What is the difference? The 222 model features pointed key arms, giving the keys more stability. It’s also a flute for beginners, and delivers just as promised.

Whichever flute you choose will depend on your budget and your willingness to invest in your child’s interest when you consider the long term. If your child loses interest, you can always sell it back, provided that you’ve taken good care of it.

VERDICT

The quality, the tone, the brand all make for a great product. The Yamaha YFL-221 Student Flute is one of the more affordable, high quality flutes out there to start your flute lessons with.

There are a lot more expensive options, but this one doesn’t have to break your bank account, and delivers as promise. The Yamaha YFL-221 gets a 4.8 out of 5.

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