Sonare (division of Powell Flutes) has been offering their model 301 for awhile now. Designed originally for the 1st year student in mind, the 301 was a closed hole, c foot flute. It featured a handcut headjoint with a Solid Silver Lip Plate & Riser.
This flute truly performed much higher then a typical "student" model, instead performing closer to what we consider an "intermeditate" model flute. However, being closed hole and low c, this kept it bound to students and doublers.
As of February 2008, Sonare now offers the 301 with open hole, low b foot & split e. All of these features added on to an already fantastic platform have helped bring the 301 into an area of the market that was being poorly served; the $700 intermediate flute market.
At $712, the Sonare SF31BEF (SF=Sonare Flute, 31=301, B=B foot, E=split e, F=French Open Holes) fills this price range with one of the best flutes we have seen in years at its price. Intonation is excellent, mechanics are good, pad quality is excellent and playibility is great.
The SF31BEF is shipped in a very high quality french style case and case cover.