Yamaha YFL-222 Intermediate Flute Review

The flute is arguably the oldest musical instrument in recorded history and also one of the most popular instruments among student players. As a flute player I have spent many years using the same flute I started my practice with, but recently felt that I have hit the limits of my instrument. In this post I will explain why I chose this beginner flute, as well alternatives for beginner flutes.

Things to Consider before Buying a Beginner Flute

The materials used to make the flute should always be your first consideration, primarily the material used to construct the headjoint. Intermediate flutes are typically made with a solid silver headjoint to produce a richer tone color and texture. Additional considerations are whether to have drawn tone holes, closed or open keys, an inline or offset G key, a B foot joint, and a split E mechanism and high E facilitator. You should research each of these features in detail to determine which ones will meet your needs and playing goals.

The Yamaha YFL-222 

The YFL-222 was designed specifically for beginning and intermediate student musicians, and is made with nickel silver in the headjoint and silver-plated finish covers the body and foot joint. It features drawn and curled tone holes, covered keys, an offset G, a split E mechanism, and B and C foot joints. The YFL-222 comes with a standard plastic flute case, polishing cloth and gauze, cleaning rod, and an owner’s manual. This is an intermediate flute suitable for both beginning and advancing players but it probably will not satisfy the needs of a professional player.

  • Designed specifically for beginners and advancing players
  • Split E Mechanism to give more stability and better intonation
  • Offset G for easier play
  • B & C foot joints for darker, stronger, warmer tones
  • Nickel silver headjoint
  • Warranty is from seller not from Yamaha
  • Intermediate instrument that will need to be replaced eventually

Features & Benefits

Design

Yamaha YFL-222 Intermediate Flute

The YFL-222 is coated in a silver-plated finish that will make it easier to clean and maintain. This flute is also made with an offset G, split E mechanism, and B and C foot joints; all of which will make play easier while maintaining a quality tone. Adding to the ease of play are the covered keys and drawn and curled tone holes. The headjoint also features a double flare taper and embouchure hole undercut design which gives the flute an excellent response and rich tone. Finally, the flute features pointed key arms at A and F sharp which is inspired by traditional European styles to give the flute a more professional appearance while maintaining its ease of play.

Accessories

This flute comes with everything you need to play and maintain the instrument. The flute comes with a protective case, polishing cloth, polishing gauze and cleaning rod which are all essential to cleaning the instrument. Additionally, Yamaha includes a user’s manual with each flute to guide you through the care and use of the flute.

Value

The Yamaha appears well made and of high quality and yet is able to remain lower priced than a typical intermediate flute. The quality and reputation behind the Yamaha brand also add value to the instrument, and the included accessories add value to this purchase

Satisfaction

The YFL-222 is highly rated with users with most commenting on its professional appearance and quality construction. Users are satisfied with the sound quality of the flute and the price paid for the instrument. This flute includes everything you need to get started in your practice and could be a great choice if you are looking for an intermediate instrument without paying the average price of $1,500 to $5,000 for an intermediate flute. 

Rating

Design

5

Performance

4

Construction

5

Value for the Money

4

User Satisfaction

4.5

Alternatives

Mendini MFE-380BNG

Mendini MFE-380BNG

Mendini are manufactured by Cecilio and is a well-known and reputable musical instrument manufacturer based in the United States. This flute is black nickel plated to add to the professional appearance of the flute. The flute is made with B and C foot joints, undercut beveled embouchure headjoint, high quality Italian pads, rubber key bumpers, closed holes, offset G and split E mechanism. The MFE-380BNG comes with a case, joint grease, cleaning cloth and rod, a pair of gloves, a chromatic tuner with metronome, foldable flute stand and a flute pocketbook.

Compared to the Yamaha YFL-222

  • Much lower price
  • More accessories
  • Similar construction

Lazarro 120-NK

Lazarro 120-NK

The Lazarro 120-NK flute is made from Cupronickel to give a high quality appearance while maintaining the durability of the instrument. The flute features a C foot joint, split E mechanism, and closed holes. Lazarro offers 22 color choices for the flute, which you may like if you want to add a little personalization to your instrument. The flute comes with a hard case, gloves, cleaning cloth and rod, screwdriver and grease.

Compared to the Yamaha YFL-222

  • Lower price point
  • No B foot joint or offset G.
  • 22 color choices for extra personalization

Gemeinhardt Model 3

Gemeinhardt Model 3

Gemeinhardt is originally a German company that now manufacturers flutes in Elkhart, Indiana. This flute features a black nickel-plated finish with silver-plated open-hole keys. The headjoint is made from sterling silver with French opening and the flute also has a B foot joint and offset G. Finally, the flute comes with a case and a full cleaning kit to maintenance the instrument.

Compared to the Yamaha YFL-222

  • More expensive
  •  Sterling silver head joint
  • Full cleaning kit

Final Thoughts

The decision to purchase a beginner flute requires a lot of consideration of all the options available and it's always a good idea to compare products to find the one that will best meet your needs. This flute is well constructed and made by a well-known manufacturer. The YFL-222 appears to offer a solid intermediate instrument that can be used by both beginning and advancing users. As with any product it’s a good idea to compare products and find the one that offers the best value and experience for your money. More questions about flutes? Visit our homepage for more guides and reviews of flutes.

Stephanie Su
 

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