The Yamaha YFL800W series is an outstanding flute at a remarkable price tag. The lightweight body gives the rounded, warm characteristics of wood, but the flute plays with the openness and projection of a metal flute.
All new instruments come with our Perfect Performance Guarantee.
When we receive any new instrument into stock, that instrument has been on a whirlwind journey to reach us.
From the moment it leaves the factory, packed into boxes stacked high upon each other in containers, it is subject to vibrations, knocks, and temperature variations. Instruments sometimes arrive by air, but more commonly they arrive by boat. If you think where an instrument is likely to have travelled from - Japan, Taiwan and, increasingly, China - this can mean an instrument might spend up to 6 weeks in transit.
When it reaches the UK, the instrument may sit in a distributor's warehouse for a couple of months, before being couriered to us.
The upshot of this is that all woodwind and brass instruments need an amount of setting up before they are ready to be played. An instrument might work without this, but until it's absolutely spot-on, it won't be playing at its best and you may even experience problems.
We prefer to go one step further than 'working'
We optimise every instrument we sell. This means:
Ensuring that keys are sprung lightly and evenly - unless you've got fingers like Arnold Schwarzenegger, playing a heavily sprung instrument can be hard work and even lead to RSI
Fitting joints properly - joints which do not fit well are very common on new instruments. Joints which are too tight will, 9 times out of 10, lead to bent tubing or keywork as you grasp harder to force the instrument together. Joints which are too loose have their own problems too
Oiling keywork or valves - to ensure that the mechanics of the instrument are as smooth and quiet as possible
Adjusting in padding - the pads on a woodwind instrument are prone to movement, which can mean an instrument is difficult to play or won't work at all. We check that everything is perfect, and not simply 'good enough'.
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Reviewed by RUTH(Professional/Teacher) - 2 years ago
I have been brought up and played professionally on solid silver flutes all my life.
For some time now I have had the debate with professional colleagues on the merits of wooden flutes.
How many times have we heard the expression - “ that just sounds like a wooden flute “ and what extraordinary lengths do we go to trying too make a metal flute sound like a wooden instrument !
One word of caution though - metal or wooden, you will find that there are many poor instruments on the market out there. So, to avoid disappointment from the outset, it is always advisable to start looking at the top range of the market. Don’t be put off with an inferior instrument. It is always better to stretch the budget that bit further if possible.
I have recently been “ converted “ and purchased a new wooden flute - YAMAHA 847W.
The experience of playing my new flute has changed my whole approach to tonal expression.
I have found that this particular flute offers the player a wide tonal range without the loss of carrying power. Articulation is crisp and the quality of the tone is incredibly sweet throughout the full range of the flute register.
If required, the sound is very full and can be extremely powerful, contrary to the belief that a wooden flute produces a
“ weak and weedy “ sound. One of the first comments was - “ good grief what a powerful instrument “ not at all what we expected !
It is particularly well suited to the Baroque, Classical and Romantic repertoire giving the timbre of sound of a wooden flute, without the “ technical battle “ and problems of intonation and articulation of flutes prior to the introduction of the Boehm system.
Fellow musicians have expressed their opinions to my “ new found love “ - and thoroughly enjoy the full rich and broad tone which my flute has brought to the ensembles in which I play.
I need to point out however, that I do still continue to play my Oston-Brannen and Powell silver flutes. The need for a modern, more strident hard sound is still required in certain situations. Perhaps this is the only negative issue, but on those grounds I would never part with this instrument because even in those situations, it will still give a metal flute a “ good run for its' money “.
The wooden flute has certainly given me a new approach and re-think to flute playing. It has also improved all aspects of tone production on my silver flutes !
From personal experience, I thoroughly recommend that any flute player looking for a wooden flute tries the Yamaha 847W - it is good value for money and is a first class professional quality hand-made instrument.
At this point, I do need to give my thanks to the staff at Myall’s for their enduring PATIENCE and abundance of TIME given during the many hours I have spent trying out the instruments in their practice rooms. The facilities are excellent and the quality of service during and after sale is first class.
I also highly recommend Ian McLauchlan of the service department.