The best tips for buying a cheap flute are to buy it secondhand, ask a music teacher or other professional what brand to look for, and ensure the instrument comes with some sort of guarantee. Secondhand flutes can be just as good as new ones, with a lesser price tag and a few minor but cosmetic flaws. Music teachers and flute repairers typically know what brands and types of flutes are best, so someone new to flutes should start his or her search there. In addition, the flute should come with a money-back guarantee or at least insurance in case something goes wrong.
Purchasing a used flute can be a viable way of getting a quality instrument cheaply. Even a lightly damaged flute can be repaired easily if it is well made. It can be better to purchase such a flute than a brand-new low-quality flute. If a person is looking to purchase a used flute, it is useful to know what types of flute damage are expensive to repair and which types are cheap or unimportant. For example, minor dents to a metal flute do not effect performance at all.
As with most purchases, a buyer can benefit from getting the advice of a professional. Anyone who deals with flutes on a regular basis might know enough about reliable brands and what to look for in a cheap flute. Music teachers and instrument repair shops are usually good places to start. Even a flutist could probably point someone in the right direction by just recommending the flute he or she plays most and likes.
Generally, it is best to stay far away from sellers who do not offer a guarantee. No refunds under any circumstances should seem a bit suspicious. Reputable sellers might even offer insurance that covers the insurance for 30 to 90 days. There is no reason to risk being stuck with a cheap flute that does not work, because in the long run the buyer might end up losing money.
One dangerous pitfall of seeking a cheap flute is the possibility that the flute can be dangerous. If a flute is colored and made of a suspect material, the flute can be dangerous to handle and can even cause a person’s death. This makes it important that a flute seller is reputable and not selling potentially dangerous merchandise. Sometimes disreputable sellers offer unusually cheap musical instruments, claiming the items are repossessed property.