April 2016 has been the month for new releases from Yamaha, and their woodwind range is no exception! In this article I will be looking at a selection of their new flutes, including the YFL212, 312 and 412, and seeing what is new compared to the previous YFL211, 311 and 411 models. If you want to know what improvements have been made then keep reading to find out more…


As the newest releases from Yamaha’s woodwind range, the updated student and intermediate flutes all benefit from an enhanced design, based upon Yamaha’s professional outfits. The most obvious new design feature are the pointed key arms on the non-fingered keys, inspired the traditional European or French design. Not only is this feature pleasing to the eye, but also subtly alters the application of pressure from the back to the centre of the pad, allowing a good seal with even the lightest touch. They keys have also had an ergonomic re-design, making them even more comfortable to hold and play, even for little fingers!

The CY headjoint that is included with these models features a double flare taper and an embouchure hole with a unique undercut design allowing for an excellent response and a warm tone, helping beginners to produce a beautiful sound from early on in their playing. The toneholes are drawn and curled from the body material giving the flutes a broad, but stable sound.

girl with a flute

The main differences between the 3 flutes is the metal that they are finished in. The 212, being the entry-level model, has a body, foot and headjoint made of nickel with a silver-plating. The 312 as the middle-ground of the 3 has a solid silver headjoint, giving more weight to the sound in comparison to the 212, and a nickel, silver-plated body and footjoint. Finally, the 412, which is the intermediate flute of the range has a solid silver headjoint, body and foot making it the most luxurious of the 3, allowing for a rich, well projected sound that suits the advancing player.

Along with the design upgrades the 200, 300 and 400 series have all benefited from a revamp of the old manufacturing process, which has greatly enhanced the precision when building each individual instrument. This means that players can enjoy an improved longevity, making the Yamaha student flutes an excellent investment.


We will be stocking the covered key, offset G models of the flutes as standard, but if you are interested in purchasing any of the models with open holes, in line keys or an upgraded lip plate then please call our Sales Team on 01283 535333 (option 1) for more advice.



About the author

A graduate from the University of Huddersfield Music Department, Isabelle has played both Clarinet and Saxophone for over 13 years, in many ensembles both in the Staffordshire area and at university, and currently performs in a function band. With her experience of woodwind and performance, this is obviously what she loves to write about.




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