My only beginner flute is my old Gemi M2 in extra-shiny nickel. Great little horn to start on. And carried me for 5 or 6 years. Added bonus was nobody else's flute was chrome-shiny like mine
Now ! I keep it at church during choir season, for when the director looks at me and asks "Say, did you happen to bring your flute for this song?"--he tends to not think to warn me beforehand to bring my flute. Still plays fine despite not seeing my repairman since high school (and not often even then). Although I think I'll take it in this summer as the head joint is getting a bit tight.
My bells director also plays flute, and started with a similar model of Gemi. Her niece decided to play flute, so she had the idea to upgrade her flute and loan her Gemi to the niece. She hated the upgrade. She has told me numerous times she just can't get a decent sound out of it. She can't cover the holes so still has the plugs in (to which I keep telling her that doesn't matter, but it bothers her) She's happy again, 'cause her niece hit hs and chose choir instead of band and returned her Gemi.