Yamaha YFL311/371 Solid Head Flute Hire

Yamaha YFL311/371 Solid Head Flute Hire

From: £35.00 / each month and a £60.00 Deposit

Suitable for: Intermediate Players | Adults and Children

Both the Yamaha YFL371 & YFL311 are the same flute apart from the keywork; one is open hole, and one is closed. You can read about the differences here, or towards the bottom of this page.

The real difference of these flutes versus a student instrument is the headjoint which is Silver instead of silver plate.

A solid head joint means that the flute is suited to an intermediate player and will produce a much better tonal responses, especially in the higher register. This is much needed when a player progresses beyond grade 5.

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The headjoint is an important factor in determining the tone. The 300 Series flutes are feature, at a very affordable price, with a precious metal headjoint, and a nickel silver body and foot for a dark warm tone.
CY Headjoint

Featuring a double flare taper and a unique embouchure hole undercut design for excellent response and a warm rich tone, the CY headjoint helps beginners quickly learn to produce a beautiful sound. More advanced players will appreciate its even, quick response in all registers.

Key Posts

Key posts have been thickened and redesigned for improved durability and strength to maintain accurate rod alignment.


All key shapes and placement have been ergonomically designed for a comfortable, natural-feeling performance. The keys are hand-assembled and adjusted for perfect balance and ‘touch.'

Adjustment Screws

Yamaha's unique screw resistance inserts allow smooth adjustments while preventing gradual loosening of the screws. For easier access, the screw positioning has been changed.

Alignment Marks

Footjoint alignment marks facilitate proper fitting by young players.

Open Hole vs Closed Hole

Open and Closed Hole Flutes – What is the difference?

Firstly; what is a closed or open hole flute? Basically, an open hole flute literally has holes in five of the keys, just like a Polo mint but a closed hole flute, you have probably already worked out, has full keywork.

So, the question is why are there two options?

As a beginner or intermediate player, a closed hole flute is preferable. When anyone is learning to play, they are more likely to be concentrating on pressing down the right keys and reading the music than thinking about whether their fingers completely cover an open hole on the flute.   Younger or smaller players would especially struggle with an open hole flute.

The open hole flute does several things; the most useful being the variations and sounds and notes that the player can achieve. The open hole allows for microtones, multiphonics, and slides mainly featured in contemporary or Jazz music. It also encourages good overall technique and playing posture.

It is recommended that from grade 6 onwards a player moves to an open hole for these reasons if it is considered that they can manage the open holes.  Sometimes, it just doesn’t suit a player to have an open hole flute.

Some would argue the open holes produce a purer sound, but you could argue this either indefinitely!

When a player moves from closed to open, you can ‘bung’ up the holes and remove them one at a time.

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