Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Can you buy a good quality pink flute?

Dear Readers,
This email came today:
I am interested in purchasing a good quality flute that will last me a long time, however, I would also like it to be pink. The pink flutes I am finding on the internet so far seem to be lower quality. Do you know of a place I can get a high qualilty pink flute, or is there a way I can have a regular silver flute lacquered to that colour?
I'm sorry to bother you with such a silly question, but I am very interested in this, and the internet has not been very helpful thus-far! Thanks for your time.

As a flute teacher and performer who has played for 35 years, I firmly believe that playing the flute is about the SOUND of the flute, and the quality of its workmanship, so that it lasts and works well.
What the flute looks like is way down on my list.
The idea of colouring or laquering a flute for aesthetic purposes is the opposite of almost everything I know about the instrument.
They keys have to be fast, the pads have to seal, and the sound has to be beautiful.
The companies who do paint flutes in colours use very cheap flutes that have few or none of these qualities.
And, as far as I know, to date there is no reputable flute manufacturer who decorates flutes in this manner.

However, I wonder if you're asking about a pink flute because you have a young person in your life who loves everything to be pink?

If this is the case, you can buy a pink case cover or make a pink flute case cover and/or simply tie a pink bow on the crown of the flute.

I recommend these brands of flutes as durable and decent quality.
Let me know if this helps.

Best, Jen

Note: The above post has re-edited to get rid of the sound of frustration that I was being haunted by when first writing this. Thanks to Anon. who pointed that out.
Best, Jen Aug. 2009
Comments (13)
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think if someone were truly determined, they might find someone to lacquer a Yamaha 200 student flute in pink.
That said, I do agree that perhaps a pink music stand, case cover, music folio, etc are a much, much better idea.
Another fun, and still appropriate, option could be having a pink stone set into a custom crownpiece.

I do think that showing up with a pink-lacquered flute for any respectable audition or performance would be a serious handicap to the player.

Thursday, February 26, 2009 11:11:00 AM

Blogger jen said...

Hi Rebecca,
Actually this question came up on one of the flute discussion groups recently, and a repair technician suggested that the mechanical tolerances were too close on a flute to be able to laquer anything other than the tube. The lacquer build up was too much for the tone holes, mechanism etc.
That's what I understand.
Best, Jen

Thursday, February 26, 2009 1:45:00 PM

Blogger jen said...

the laquering I just referred to was post-manufacture, of course.

Thursday, February 26, 2009 1:46:00 PM

Anonymous ed circusitch said...

Generally speaking, the color doesn't make any difference. It's the quality of the flute itself. But I agree with Rebecca, a respectable performance might not be appropriate. Although there are some musicians who use flamboyant instruments. One of the Philadelphia Orchestra violinists (i forget his name) uses lots of colors. It works for him, its his shtick.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009 4:44:00 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know a Taiwanese flute maker is making a new flute material called "Grenadiite". They might do Pink Flute. They sold this material to Pearl piccolo. Their piccolo "Pearl PFP 105" is made from Grenadiite.

Saturday, June 13, 2009 8:16:00 PM

Anonymous Raquel said...

I need to buy a pink flute case cover and it needs to look attractive but i only need to fit in a flute, no piccolo. Where did you find that picture of that pink flute case? Please answer quickly!!!!!

Sunday, April 04, 2010 2:13:00 PM

Blogger jen said...

Dear Racquel,

I googled "pink flute case cover".
You'll find they are made by John Packer or Trevor James and are sold in British flute specialty shops.

Did you google pink case cover flute or any combination of those words?


Sunday, April 04, 2010 9:21:00 PM

Anonymous triduana said...

Landell say "We can anodize our titanium heads any colour you like. Rainbows too."



Saturday, June 12, 2010 2:22:00 AM

Blogger jen said...

Hhahaha; a pink titanium headjoint! Oh wow; that would be great for a 10 year old beginner, hahahahha.

I don't know if folk reading this realize that I get asked about once a year to direct them to a pink flute. I can only imagine it's for a "pink lover" young person who must have everything pink.
Whereas I used to be a "flute loving" young person, who just wanted a flute that didn't break down after a few weeks of play.
Didn't get my own flute until I was 16 years old (used band-flutes from school.) and didn't get one that didn't break down until I was 26! So I'm not so interested in "pink" or the colour.

Saturday, June 12, 2010 8:52:00 AM

Blogger Triduana said...

It would certainly be the most durable headjoint in the class ...

Saturday, June 12, 2010 1:26:00 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

i was intrested in trying to find a pink flute for my best friend and have been coming up sort unlike some people i was not buying it cause he loves everything pink but because she does everything in pink because she is going on 5 years breast cancer free and i thought this would make a good birthday gift if i could find a pink flute for her any ideas or advice

Tuesday, November 19, 2013 10:18:00 AM

Blogger jen said...

There are real working flutes that are actually flutes made to play music, and then, on the other hand, there are pink ornaments that have symbolic or ornamental value. What you are looking for probably is the latter. You don't need a working flute that plays music; you need a toy flute, or a toy flute ornament, or a pink ornament. This blog is about functioning flutes that people actually play music on everyday and how to learn to play flute. Pink flutes don't really exist in the real playing flute world. However there are many pink ornaments that you can find; figurines, sun-catcher stained glass, pink fabric or ceramic house ornaments; that's likely what you really want; not a $300 spray painted flute from a factory that makes bad flutes cheaply and spray paints them.
Best, Jen

Tuesday, November 19, 2013 10:42:00 AM

Blogger jen said...

Fortney sumpin wrote:
>>I stumbled across this article and I had to comment. While I completely agree that quality and sound are the most important features in an ideal flute; too often people make the mistake of believing that these can only be obtained in expensive flutes. I have personally had great experiences with the flutes sold at Their prices flutes are cheap but the quality and sound are great. Don't get me wrong, there are flutes that run in the thousands that can out perform the ones at that online store and if you can afford it, go for it. But in many cases cheaper is often better.
Jen replies: Dear Fourtney,
The problem is that there is no "scientific test" for how long cheap flutes last unde3r heavy use, and how well they can be repaired. If anyone can post a link to such a comparison test, I'd be the first to link to it.
Best, Jen

Thursday, June 19, 2014 2:07:00 PM


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