Explore the options

Purchasing a flute can be a daunting and perplexing process. There are many makers, features, options, and materials to choose from as well as budget considerations. This Guide will give you a better understanding of the design, materials, and components of the flute helping you to make an informed decision.

Determine your budget

Budget is a fundamental issue, so decide what you are comfortable investing and focus your search within that price range. Remember that certain features, such as the C# trill key, are not available at all price levels.

Consult with the experts

If you are studying privately, ask your flute teacher for advice. Then work with a professional flute specialist who has experience matching musicians with flutes and who represents a variety of manufacturers. A flute specialist can inform you of all of your options, advise as needed, and be sure you find the right instrument for your needs. To talk to a flute specialist at J.L. Smith, call 800.822.2157 or email us at [email protected].

Try the flutes!

It doesn’t matter how pretty the picture is if it doesn’t feel good, play easily, and sound great. After all of your homework, you must play the flutes. Choose a retailer with a liberal return policy or a convenient trial program. If it is not convenient to visit our shop, please call to arrange a trial. As you try the flutes, keep in mind that each flute has its own personality. This is true even among flutes of the same model! If at all possible, buy the exact flute that you try.

Proper maintenance of your new flute

Because a flute is made up of many moving parts as well as corks, felts, and springs that degrade with use, your flute should be serviced regularly. At minimum, every flute should be serviced once a year with a “Clean, Oil, and Adjust.” The J.L. Smith Co. offers annual service contracts that cover this necessary maintenance. Please call Cathy with any questions regarding the service agreements.


We accept Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and Discover cards, as well as personal or bank checks. Purchase orders from schools and the military are welcome as well.


We offer 90 Days Same as Cash or up to 60 months financing for qualified applicants.