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Author:  EST65 [ Sat Mar 30, 2019 5:36 pm ]
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Thanks for all the information here. Some of the ebay deals really look too good to be true! obviously they are!

Author:  AuLoS303 [ Mon Apr 29, 2019 9:03 am ]
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A lot of cheap Indian made bansuri on Amazon. One was reduced from £12 odd to £0.99!

Author:  whisper_jan [ Tue Sep 17, 2019 4:05 am ]
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Thanks for this thread and all the information, gents! So hard to find reliable sellers, especially with almost zero experience. Ebay is full of counterfeit items. As it seems that there are even fake Yamaha flutes (even that's not quite on topic), and recently I almost ordered one, but gladly before I hit the button I found out it was a scam :tantrum:
Now I'm choosing an Irish flute for a brother aaaand here we go again - fakes and indian made flutes are flooding the market. Such a pain!

Author:  SweetJams [ Mon Oct 07, 2019 8:03 pm ]
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LOL. I've been a victim of the off-tuned, easy-to-crack, cheap ebay flutes. Twice! I belive.

Author:  nonpqlolzx [ Sun Oct 20, 2019 11:20 pm ]
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Omg, don't even think about purchasing flutes on eBay, i got it! :o

Author:  busterbill [ Mon Oct 21, 2019 6:02 pm ]
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nonpqlolzx wrote:
Omg, don't even think about purchasing flutes on eBay, i got it! :o


Occasionally someone will sell a very nice used flute by a reputable maker on ebay US or ebay Uk. These are often great flutes, sometimes well taken care of, sometimes not. So you need to look carefully at the pictures.

And then there is always the Patrick and Owen Olwell birthday flute. But don't expect anything cheap on ebay to be playable. But you can keep you eyes open for a specific flute, often listed by the maker's name if you are looking for a good used one.

Usually they will go for MORE than you would pay if you got on someone's waiting list for a maker with a long list. So you are competing with people who just don't want to wait on a list.

Though a couple of years ago someone posted the pictures of one of Olwell's birthday flutes and tried to sell it. The Olwell's saw it, confirmed that that specific flute was with it's original owner and not for sale and got ebay to take down the listing as fraudulent. So there is that.

:D

Author:  Nutmegger1957 [ Sun Mar 22, 2020 3:20 pm ]
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In the last two or three months, as my wife and I have gone off to visit various Flute manufacturers, those with very well-known names, the thing that has amazed me, are the upper end prices on the flutes made of platinum or gold, or a combination of both.

I just can’t personally imagine paying $85,000 for example, for a Flute.

But that’s just me

Author:  fatmac [ Mon Mar 23, 2020 4:30 am ]
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I had a good experience, funnily enough, I thought an £8 dizi was going to be crap, but the one I received seems to play well, (although I haven't tested against a tuner), but tunes I play on it sound quite OK.

Just the luck of the draw, I guess. :)

(Edit: I was actually expecting it to be rubbish, just thought I'd see how bad.)

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