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    Brio BAF-2 Series Alto Flute Brio BAF-2 Series Alto Flute
    Brio BAF-2 Series Alto Flute

    The Brio! Alto model 2 features a handcut solid silver heajoint and body with plated pointed tone arm...

    Starting at $2,549.00
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  2. Pearl Flutes 207 Series Alto Flute Pearl Flutes 207 Series Alto Flute
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    Pearl Flutes 201 Series Alto Flute Pearl Flutes 201 Series Alto Flute
    Pearl Flutes 201 Series Alto Flute

    After years of examination and study into perfecting alto flute manufacturing, Pearl has created the PSA Model...

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  4. Gemeinhardt Alto Flute Gemeinhardt Alto Flute
    Starting at $1,679.00
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  1. Altus 900 Series Handmade Alto Flute Altus 900 Series Handmade Alto Flute
    Starting at $6,500.00
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  2. Altus 1000 Series Handmade Alto Flute Altus 1000 Series Handmade Alto Flute
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  3. Altus 800 Series Handmade Alto Flute Altus 800 Series Handmade Alto Flute
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    Yamaha YFL-A421 Professional Alto Flute Yamaha YFL-A421 Professional Alto Flute
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  1. Allora AAAF-302 Alto Flute Allora AAAF-302 Alto Flute
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    Jupiter JAF1000 Series Alto Flute Jupiter JAF1000 Series Alto Flute
    Starting at $1,529.00
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  3. Pearl Flutes 206 Series Alto Flute Pearl Flutes 206 Series Alto Flute
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  4. Powell-Sonare Model 70 Alto Flute Powell-Sonare Model 70 Alto Flute
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  1. Brio BAF-1 Series Alto Flute Brio BAF-1 Series Alto Flute
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    Jupiter JAF1000U Alto Flute Jupiter JAF1000U Alto Flute
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Known for its undeniably distinct mellow tone and lower range, the alto flute is somewhat unique amongst the woodwind family. Thanks to its use in works by diverse composers such as Harvey Sollberger, Charles Delaney, and Bruno Bartilozzi, its role within the traditional orchestra has expanded over the years.

A western style concert instrument, the alto flute is pitched in the key of G with a range from G3 to G6. It is generally thicker and longer than a standard C flute, which, in turn, is directly related to the lower sounds and notes it can produce. It should be mentioned that because of its size, the alto flute requires a great deal of breath control from its player, which, like most things, is achieved through practice.

Arguably the first thing anyone will notice about the alto flute is the shape of its unique headjoint. Its curved design makes it easier for smaller players. It allows the flutist to hold the instrument without overly extending their arms, giving it a much lighter feel. With that in mind, there is also a more traditional headjoint available. A straight headjoint will not only provide an additional challenge for players, it also offers a better overall intonation. If you are a beginner or a player of smaller stature, your best bet is to probably choose an alto flute with a curved headjoint such as the 201 Series Alto Flute from Pearl. On the other hand, if you are a stronger or more experienced player, a straight headjoint such as the one on the YFL-A421 Professional from Yamaha will work well for you. Some alto flutes even come with both styles of headjoint, allowing you to swap out as you progress in your skill with the instrument.

As a flutist, you know the choice of instrument can be the most important decision you make. With the alto flute, there are a variety of different options available to you based on everything from your skill level to your size. When you do find the alto flute that is perfect for you, you are certain to enjoy its markedly warm sounds for a long time to come.

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