You have been playing for a while now and you fell in love with this beautiful instrument. However, your student flute has seen better days and reached its limits. In other words, you can hear the metal and imperfections and you have outgrown it. Therefore, we are looking at the best intermediate flutes.

The best intermediate flutes

First of all, above a certain range, there are no really bad choices anymore. In fact, those were possible with student flutes, but at least it didn’t cost you a fortune. Moreover, if you wish to dive deeper into the beginner flutes, please refer to this article.

However, you have managed to overcome that first big choice and here you are wanting to know everything about the intermediate flutes. In fact, those are instruments that will accompany and hopefully facilitate you in the progress between a hopeful beginner and a dedicated professional. But if chosen well, it can also be your last flute. It depends on your final use of it. In other words, you might find a flute here, that lasts a lifetime! - Find Flutists and Flute Teachers Online


How to choose an intermediate flute

Above all, your new flute should be offering a warm and rich range of tone quality. In addition, it should be precise in response and carry the sound far. This depends much on the material. Therefore, you should look for a sterling silver flute. In other words, do not buy another nickel or nickel silver flute.

Furthermore, the flute should be stable and a little heavier. In other words, a diameter between 0.4 and 0.43 should allow you to get a vaster timbric range. Also, look for the warranty and assistance offered after buying. For instance, you might look at professional pads and a well-established brand.

Probably, you won’t need it for a few years, but look for a brand that a professional repair shop close to you can serve well. Nowadays, that is not a big problem anymore, but you might want to consider this thought. Or just go with what you like best and ship your flute for overhauls to a professional center. More on that in my flute care article.

After that, look for the offset or inline G mechanism, that you are already acquainted with from your beginner flute. However, what I suggest to change, is the C foot. You might want to goo with a B foot now. Those generally offer the gizmo key, that helps produce smooth and flexible high C””. Consider looking for a D # roll as well. This facilitates the transition from C or C# to D#. Split E goes without saying.

Some might wish for a golden lip plate, or even golden head joint. I, myself had a golden mantle on the inside of the lip plate. But there is no must. Just something my intermediate flute came with and I loved it. However, go definetely with open hole keys, you will need them!

A flute with these characteristics can easily accompany you through your whole music education to your flute degree and help you win auditions and competitions. Eventually, as a professional musician, you might want to upgrade again, but till then, you will be very well accompanied by one of the following. - Find Flutists and Flute Teachers Online


4 best intermediate flutes on topflute

Now it is your time to choose! If you get one of the following you can’t do anything wrong. Just bear in mind the things to look for that I explained one section up. After that, it all comes down to your personal preferences. But, should you have questions on anything, please ask and share through the comment section. I will be very happy to help you out!

For best-selling options, click on the pictures or description beneath. You might also find some stunning offers of pre-owned or show case flutes that are in perfect condition. Find out how to become a proud owner now!


Yamaha Professional 777

Yamaha Professional 777H Series Flute Offset G C# trill, split E, gizmo key 8883

Yamaha Professional 777H Series
  • entirely sterling silver head joint, body and keys
  • warm and expressive colors that only the finest silver flutes can provide
  • heat treated with Yamaha’s proprietary acoustic annealing process
  • impressive evenness of tone and response throughout all registers
  • hand-finished sterling silver head joint is a modified version of the Type A head joint
  • specially designed cut of the head joint
  • offers incredible response and an impressive dynamic range
  • 0.43mm wall thickness which for a remarkably warm and rich tone
  • standard with Straubinger Phoenix Pads, precise and consistent seal
  • lighter touch and quicker action
  • keys feature traditional pointed key arms, elegance
  • open-hole keys with pointed key arms
  • Offset G 
  • split E
  • B Foot joint
  • includes case, case cover aand cleaning rod
  • 5-year warranty, made in Japan

This flute is widely used and tested and many of my fellow students played it and enjoyed it.

But the following is the flute I played on intermediated level and still consider the best option:

Sankyo Handmade 701


Sankyo 701 Series Handmade Model Professional Flute Inline G / D# Roller / B Foo

Sankyo 701 Series Handmade Model
  •  all silver instrument
  • possesses a mellowness and transparency that is most characteristic of the flute
  • majestic sound, lush tone colors in the upper register that are remarkable
  • all nuances and supple dynamic changes can be easily achieved
  • both edges of the embouchure have been slightly rounded and the plate height and embouchure have been altered to allow for a larger and richer variety of tones
  • the head joint’s style is designed to offer a stable and an even sound quality across the registers
  • drawn-up tone holes
  • 0.40 mm tubing
  • 10K White Gold springs
  • inline or offline G
  • D# Roller
  • B Foot
  • handmade work of art!


The following flute is the intermediate version of the professional flute I play now and I highly recommend this brand:

Powell Sonare

Powell 705 Sonare Series Professional Flute B Foot / Open Hole / Inline G 190839
Powell 705 Sonare Series
  • 700 series flutes are the top of the line from Sonare
  • handmade, sterling silver, Powell Signature head joints
  • sterling silver bodies, with the Modern Powell Scale
  • Elgiloy steel alloy springs
  • french pointed arms
  • professional flute in a class all its own
  • B foot
  • open key holes
  • inline G

The following has recently been bought by a student and she is very happy with her:

Altus Handmade 1107

Altus 1107 Series Handmade Flute Offset G, Split E, C# Trill Key, Z cut headjoin

Altus 1107 Series Handmade Flute

  • exceptional hand craftsmanship
  • tonal color, and playability of Altus flutes
  • AltusBennett scale
  • stainless steel springs
  • French-pointed keys
  • elegant wood-frame French case with leatherette finish and padded nylon case cover
  • .958 Britannia silver head joint and body silver
  • offers a dark, rich color without sacrificing brilliance
  • Sterling silver-plated mechanism
  • extruded tubing with drawn and rolled tone holes
  • handmade by Shuichi Tanaka
  • Offset G
  • Split E
  • B foot
  • open holes


The best intermediate flutes become an extension of your body

In conclusion, at this level you can say that the best intermediate flutes become an extension of your body and should resonate with you. In addition, your body will adapt to form the cavities and air stream movements that best fit your flute. Many many hours spent together will make you a little family, and “I married mine” as you might have read in the beginners’ flute article.

Just kidding, but not far from the truth. For instance, your fingers and hands will adapt to the mechanics. Your lips will find the perfect spot and your whole body will memorize the position of every sound in its cavities and air ways. This is a wonderful feeling and will not take long, because you are going to love your new instrument.

In order to take good care of it, have a quick read through my article on flute care.

Moreover, it will be so easy to play, now that you made a beginners’ flute sing, you can play on anything. However, the flutes discussed above, offer so much quality, precision and excellence, that you will feel as if they did all the work.

At this point, I have to warn you! When I went through this rite of passage, it was so easy to play the same way with less effort, that I wouldn’t play better immediately. Therefore, don’t fall in the same trap! Explore your new flute and new possibilities and grow with it. What a wonderful thing the life with a flute can be!

Enhance your flute experience with the following suggestions from topflute:

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  1. Hi Janie,

    Reading your post really brought up some child memories. I’ve played the flute for more than 10 years (went to the local Music Academy) and it’s been like another 10 years since, but I still have my Yamaha flute.
    I am amazed by the quality of this instrument. Of course, it could use a thorough cleaning but still sounds quite well.
    This article is really helpful to guide student-musicians in their purchase of a personal instrument. Thank you for sharing your knowledge!

    • Wow, Catherine! You must have played really well after 10 years!! Congratulations. Wouldn’t it be time to get out your flute again? Especially if it is one that last for a life time, like yours might as well be. If you have any questions going back at it, please contact me again. I am super excited, that you still play. You might need some adjustments and after a thourough cleaning you could read this article
      All the best and talk to you soon,

  2. What a great article! Thank you. I have bookmarked it for future reference to come back to. For now, I will look into beginner flutes. Thanks so much for sharing this precious information. Nothing is more valuable than the real experience of real people!

    • Thank you Jason, that is what we are hoping to supply to intermediate students looking for advice. Feel free to share this article and subscribe to our newsletter.
      Best wishes,

  3. Hey,

    It is always great to get advice from an expert when buying a product like this. Given the price we pay for a flute like this, honest reviews and suggestions are very important. What is more important is probably the process you described. Thank you for putting together all this valuable information!

    • Thank you, Rajith. You are right, nothing is more important than insight from someone who has spent 25 years playing all kinds of flutes on all kinds of levels and in various situations. The products’ descriptions help only so far. So some real experience advice is needed and we hope to provide that. If you were looking for something specific, please let me know, so I can help you out.
      Kind regards,

  4. Hello 👋
    My daughter really likes playing the flute in school. I have been trying to encourage her and thought buying a nice flute for her would be great. I can tell there is a lot more to know about them by reading your post.
    What is a foot? Is it part of the flute or a root key? Thank you for helping me.

    • Dear Greg, thank you for asking! The flute is made up of three pieces, the head joint (with the lip plate), the body (where most of the fingers open and close keys and the foot joint, where only the right pinky goes and plays the lowest notes (either C or B, then the flute is longer).
      Beginner flutes usually only have a C foot, whereas from intermediate to professional we use the B foot. It makes the flute a little longer and a little heavier, but it allows to play the B below the C. Often we find an extra key, the gizmo, that helps us with the highest notes as well. It simply amplifies our range and possibilities. However, in your case you could have a look at the study flutes because, they are already on a good level. We simply do not advise for anything less than good quality. How old is your daughter and how many years has she been playing? What is easy for her and what is hard for her on the flute? The answers to those questions would help me propose an adequate option. Best wishes and congratulations on your musical daughter!

      • Thank you for getting back to me. My daughter is just starting out in middle school. She talked about playing flute since last year when the music teacher visited her class to tell them about band and orchestra.
        The school offers her a beginners flute, but I want to show her that I support her choice in music, I played baritone sax, and that I am just as excited for her as she is to learn.
        I believe that buying her own flute for her would be a great way to do this. Do you think I might be acting too fast? She has been talking about it for over a year and since school was cut short this year, I think it would be a great thing so she can possibly make first chair when classes resume.

        • This is a great idea and I am sure your daughter will love her own flute! Especially, having asked for it and with so much less inspiration in this moment. In your case I would advise a Yamaha student flute, the first one I describe in the other article .
          I do not like to promote the habit of buying low cost flutes that have no sound quality or stability and need a lot of adjusting and repairing very soon. In the end, you will spend more and maybe dislike your instrument. But if you go with a quality instrument from the start, your amazement and motivation stays high. Even in the case you wish to sell it after a few years, you will be able to do that with a Yamaha for example. But once you play it, I am sure you will never want to give it away. It will stay with you for life!
          But the first flute shouldn’t be intermediate, like the ones in this article. They are longer and heavier and require a good breathing technique. It might demotivate in the first three years of flute playing.
          I am really excited for you and your daughter and will happily answer all your and her questions! Maybe I can help her achieve that first chair?
          Best wishes,


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