Product Reviews: Guo "New Voice" Composite Flute
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“Bought for a beginner but Not worth the cost”
I had an old flute to learn on, it was hard and awkward. So decided my son would have a quality instrument. But of a mistakes with this flute. At first it was ok. But six months on its practically useless. It's not been played a lot, the biggest reason was the head is really loose in the body. The grease worked at first but it's not a great fit at all. Considering this is a purpose built flute it should be perfect.
The head fell out during playing last month and chilled on the floor. Really upset as My son is still far from paying for the flute on a Music loan.
Can't fault this site for the fkute, I think guo is just a cheap brand with a premium price. My advice would be use the music loan to get a more solid flute for your child, one that will last.
Just Flutes response
Hi Chris, thank you for taking the time to write a review.
We have sold many Guo New Voice flutes over the years and have rarely encountered any problems with them. We recommend these as an alternative to a wooden instrument (for players looking for a particular sound), or for players who have difficulty holding a weightier flute. We would not especially advise their use as a student flute, primarily because of the open holes and B footjoint; a traditional metal flute (such as a Pearl, Yamaha or Jupiter) would in our opinion better serve a student.
If you purchased the flute from us, you are entitled to a first year check over within the first year of ownership as part of our Perfect Performance Plan. Please get in touch with us via phone to discuss this so we can help with your queries.
“A very pleasant flûte”
The Guo new voice is really what it pretend to be. A very smooth sound, easy to play. Its material permit to play outside and to travel without fear. Superb. It's very light and my arms and shoulders saiy "Thanks"!
“Guo New Voice Flute (White)”
I am not a professional flute player, far from it, a keen amateur returning to playing after learning at school and not playing for 25 years or so since I left. I started playing again about 2 years ago and purchased a new Trevor James Cantabile flute which I have always liked. My teacher estimates my grade to be 5-6 although I have never sat any formal grades.
I have to admit I was a little nervous and sceptical about purchasing this flute. At a cost of £725 for a plastic tube with plastic keys this felt like a lot of money. I should not have been concerned this is a lovely instrument that really is a complete re-think of flute design from the ground up, a washable headjoint, undercut tone holes and redesigned G sharp key (it looks backwards compared to conventional flutes) are just some of the design changes Guo have made.
The reason I wanted to try the Guo was that I have been suffering from a shoulder impingement injury and my physiotherapist suggested that my flute playing posture and weight of the instrument could be a factor in aggravating the injury. Not playing was simply not an option as it is my light relief from a work life full of technology. The Guo is extremely light at about 240gm's instead of the 500gm's my Trevor James with Muramatsu head (thanks Just Flutes I love my pre-owned Muramatsu headjoint) comes in at.
Excellent service as usual from Just Flutes with my order, placed at 2:30pm on Wednesday, arriving on my doorstep at 8am the next day having travelled nearly 300 miles to get to me.
Initial reactions were that again this was a lot of money for a plastic flute. In addition I was going from a silver head joint, closed hole, offset G, C foot to the lightweight polymer, open hole, inline G, B foot flute which was a big change in itself without the radical design of the New Voice which feels very different to play.
I spent 10+ hours over 3 days playing, adjusting my embouchure and getting used to the flute. Because of the wooden tone of the instrument I found myself leaning towards irish jigs and folk music instead of classical pieces but when I went back to some Vivaldi and Bach I found it performed equally well.The Guo description describes this flute as more like a metal flute but I have to say it has a warm mellow sound which is very unlike a metal flute. Not unpleasant at all, just different.
The keys feel extremely light, fast and smooth. The tone is delightful and does not reflect the appearance of the head joint at all with high register, low register, forte and pp all playing easily. I found the intonation to be spot on with the Korg tuner indicating almost perfect pitch in the mid-range.
I arranged a longer lesson with my teacher to get her opinion and practiced my homework to play on the new flute. Her reaction was similar to mine on seeing the instrument but really liked it when she played it and was somewhat shocked when I just washed the head joint under the tap afterwards! Overall she told me that she could not tell I had changed my flute and felt I had settled in well with the new instrument despite the technical changes needed.
I have decided to keep the instrument as it certainly is lighter to play, it really isn't just plastic it is a precision instrument which plays just as well as my Step Up Trevor James. As it will not tarnish I have found myself leaving it out on the peg and picking it up far more often than I would have done with my Silver TJ Cantabile flute. My shoulder feels better already despite significant amount of practice and combined with some advice on flute playing posture from my teacher I feel sure it will be allow me to continue to play without discomfort.
If you suffer from shoulder, back or neck pain this is the flute for you. If you want a practice flute which will easily cope with intermediate and probably beyond and you can leave on the peg without it tarnishing then this is well worth trying. If your looking for a flute in this price range then with Just Flutes excellent return policy, if you purchase via the website or over the phone, try it, you may be surprised at what you find.
“Lovely white, light weight flute”
I have the white GUO flute. It is perfect for playing when your arms or shoulders don't cooperate on a heavy wall silver flute. I also like to play it for outdoor conserts when the weather is rather moist... I mean rain or snow. The sound is kind and easy to love. What I also love is the vibrations the flute gives to my fingers and hands. The exterior of the flute is wood-like and rough. I have had comments that is looks like ivory, and I think that says how lovely it also looks.