The Yamaha YFL-481 is the best flute available for under $2500.
The Yamaha 481 flute features a headjoint, body and footjoint made of the same 92.5% pure sterling silver as expensive professional models for a rich, warm tone with enhanced projection.
The Yamaha YFL-481 is an intermediate which flute offers the durability of standard flutes while producing greater resonance. Features an improved scale for better intonation and an undercut, beveled embouchure hole for a clean attack, sensitive response, and accurate intonation. Improvements include a stronger post design to prevent post bending, accessible adjustment screws, improved adjustment screw material, and a body mark for proper footjoint alignment. Construction features a sterling silver headjoint, body and footjoint; nickel-silver keys and long-lasting neoprene bumpers.
The undercut and beveled embouchure hole provides a clean attack, sensitive response, and accurate intonation. The low B gizmo key makes for convenient fingering and excellent response for high C. A unique footjoint alignment mark facilitates proper fitting by young players, and the YFL-481's ergonomic key shapes have been ergonomically designed for comfortable, natural-feeling performance. The keys are hand-assembled and adjusted for a perfect 'touch' and balance. Additionally, Yamaha's unique screw resistance inserts allow smooth adjustments while preventing gradual loosening of the screws.