Gemeinhardt 1SP Student Flute Review

Last year, my oldest daughter decided that she wanted to play a flute in her sixth-grade band class. I didn’t want to pay much money for a beginner flute because kids sometimes change their minds about playing an instrument. Yet, I wanted her to have a decent instrument to play.

Things to Consider before Buying a Flute

When you shop for a flute, you need to look for a brand that is well known and respected in the industry. You'll want a traditional silver-plated flute that does not have open hole keys. Affordability is another feature that parents like me look for when they buy their child’s first flute. This is often provided by manufacturers through sacrificing the quality of the case and the cleaning rod.

The Gemeinhardt 1SP Student Flute

The Gemeinhardt 1SP Student Flute is the lowest priced model in the Gemeinhardt line of flutes. Mindful that there is a market for low-cost flutes, this manufacturer cut costs where it could without harming the integrity of the flute and coupled it with a cheaply made zipper case and a plastic cleaning rod.

Pros

  • The flute meets the minimum quality standard for flute functionality and appearance
  • The name is known and respected in the industry.
  • The inexpensive price makes this a highly affordable new flute

Cons

  • A child may easily break the nylon zipper on a cheaper case
  • Other children may pick on a child whose flute case does not look similar to everyone else’s case
  • A child may easily break the plastic cleaning rod

Features and Benefits

Design

Gemeinhardt 1SP Student Flute

The design of the Gemeinhardt 1SP Student Flute is like most other flutes and it has the G key offset for comfort. The body parts of the head joint, body and the C foot joint are like those of other brands so that the flute sounds like other flutes. It is plated with a silver and nickel plating like traditional flutes are. My kid’s flute would look like those of her peers, but she may wish she had a colored one.

Performance

Since the Gemeinhardt 1SP Student Flute is designed and constructed as well as any flute in its price range, this flute has excellent intonation and response and it does not fall apart like some of the cheaper brands do. This means my girl has a chance to achieve the first-place seat in band class. The flute she owns won’t stop her.

Construction

Every detail of every section of this flute is constructed as well as the other flutes on the market, even down to the gleaming silver plating and the quality key pads. It is made with closed hole keys. Good construction makes it sound and perform as good as any other flute on the market.

Value for Money

This Gemeinhardt flute sounds as good as other flutes. Some brands make flutes so cheaply that keys and other things fall off of them. Gemeinhardt flutes do not fall apart in their users' hands. This flute is a solidly made, traditionally styled student flute that is in a very affordable price range. I saved money and my daughter has a new flute.

User Satisfaction

If a new flute is what you want to buy and you need to get it cheaply, a Gemeinhardt may be the right choice for you. My daughter's flute looks, performs, and sounds great. Because Gemeinhardt is a name brand flute, I have peace of mind. I also have peace of mind because I saved myself money.

Rating

Design

5

Performance

5

Construction

5

Value for the Money

5

User Satisfaction

5

Alternatives

Yamaha YFL-222 Intermediate Flute 

Yamaha YFL-222 Intermediate Flute

With power-forged keys and neoprene bumpers, this flute is built to withstand a lot of abuse. This may be the right choice for kids who are unusually abusive to things, but it may be overkill for a starter flute. Screws on this model can be easily accessed, and resistance inserts prevent the screws from loosening. Even though this flute comes with a cheap nylon zippered case, the Yamaha YFL-222 is both highly rated and highly priced.

Comparison

Yamaha YFL-222

Price: $451.50

Level: Student

Key: C

Case: Nylon zippered, with strap

Cleaning Rod: Nondisclosed

Gemeinhardt 1SP

Price: $258.00

Level: Student

Key: C

Case: Nylon zippered

Cleaning Rod: Plastic

LJ Hutchen Silver C Flute

LJ Hutchen Silver C Flute

This lesser-known company offers their flute at a price comparable to that of the Gemeinhardt. Some features on an LJ Hutchen flute are better than the Gemeinhardt’s features, but the Gemeinhardt name is more widely known and respected in the industry.

Comparison

LJ Hutchen Silver C Flute

Price: $249.99

Case: Hard, with hinges metal closures

Cleaning Rod: Nondisclosed

Gemeinhardt 1SP

Price: $258.00

Case: Nylon zippered

Cleaning Rod: Plastic

Merano Nickel Silver Color Flute 

Merano Nickel Silver Color Flute

Another student flute in the key of C is this Merano flute. While the Merano is cheaper than the Gemeinhardt, the quality is also low, according to customers who complain that the keys and other parts fall and that it is hard to play. Other customers have good experiences with this flute. You often get what you pay for.

Comparison

Merano Nickel

Price: $107.98

Case: Nylon zippered

Cleaning Rod: Plastic

Gemeinhardt 1SP

Price: $258.00

Case: Nylon zippered

Cleaning Rod: Plastic

Final Thoughts

For customers who want a well-made flute for an inexpensive price, the Gemeinhardt 1SP Student Flute appears to fit the bill because it doesn’t fall apart as some of the cheaper flutes do, yet it is among the lower priced flutes for what it is. For more help selecting the beginner flute that meet your needs, check out our buyers guide and reviews.

Stephanie Su
 

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