If you are new to band instruments, we have some great knowledge on what to look out for when buying a flute! If you don't find what you are looking for on our site, please give us a call at (210-224-1010) Downtown or (210-525-1010) Babcock so that we can answer any questions you may have!

For us to serve you better, please consult your band director on the

preferred instrument so that we can get you the perfect instrument to satisfy everyone!

First: New, Used, or Rent? We offer all three choices. New is more reliable, sounds great, just costs a little more. Used is perfect for anyone starting out. Rent is also good for those who are not sure what instrument they would like to play. I am pleased to say that we offer all three choices.

Second: Open or Closed hole and Type? We recommend open even though it is harder for beginners because band directors can cover the holes when they are starting out. It is worth it in the long run to purchase an open hole. There are four basic models of flutes on the market today: beginner, intermediate, advanced and professional. Differences include closed or open hole keys like stated previously, the amount of silver used for sound quality, as well as the amount of handcrafting versus machine manufacturing.

Third: Sizes? Beginners should get the standard flute while more advanced players may want to adventure into piccolo, alto, and bass flutes. Brands we recommend are Yamaha and Gemeinhardt.

For Beginners:

Flute: Yamaha YFL281 Open Hole/YSL261


  • Key of C
  • French model
  • In-line G
  • Silver-plated finish

The Yamaha YFL-281 is an open hole flute that allows the developing player to have the look and feel of a professional flute. The YFL281 Yamaha is one of the most free blowing flutes available.

For Intermediate to Advanced (high school to college):

flute 461 at alamo music center

Yamaha YFL-461 Series Intermediate Flute
The Yamaha YFL-461 Series Intermediate Flute is an outstanding choice for the advancing student. The head, body, and foot joints are made of solid silver; which produces a warm and rich tone. The headjoint’s embouchure hole is undercut for a clean attack, sensitive response and accurate intonation. Double bladder pads feature extended life, while thickened post will help maintain accurate alignment. A perfect fit for the band or orchestral flute section.


Didn't find what you need? Call us at 210-224-1010 (Downtown) or 210-525-1010 (Babcock) so we can get you the perfect instrument! Try them out at our store!

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