New conservatory level flute - Powell vs Haynes vs Muramatsu

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akkamak
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New conservatory level flute - Powell vs Haynes vs Muramatsu

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Hey all,

So I am looking at a HUGE upgrade from my current.... Pearl 505 lol. (It is a nice flute for what it is, though... but after playing for 12 years, I have outgrown it waaaay long ago).
So, I was wondering what are your opinions of the following flutes:
-Muramatsu DS
-Powell Conservstory Silver
-Haynes Q4
-Haynes Q fusion
I know, I know, I have to play them, I will test them, but I don't have the option to take them home with me and properly test for days... so any additonal info would be helpful. Also, since it is a huge step up, I fear I won't be able to feel the sometimes very small differences between the models... (I am also hesitating between heavy vs non heavy, I tried a Sankyo 401 heavy and standard and I liked the heavy WAY better, but a few people advised me qgainst getting a heavy one since it is well... heavier :D and less flexible. I really like the extra resistance, though, but again, on the long term I don't know how I would be able to work with it.)
My main objective is to get a reliable, durable instrument that holds its value and condition well. I don't plan on upgrading in the near future.... ans later on, my plan would be to get a better headjoint instead of a whole new flute, probably. So, what are your opinions?

(asditional info: I tried a heavy Mura DS which I loved, but i have yet to test the non-heavy version. I also tested a Powell Conservatory Aurumite 9K which I also really liked, but. I can only afford the silver one. Also the Powell I tried was an older, used model, and I didn't have the chance to try them at the same time to compare them. However I am currently organizing a trial for the abovementioned flutes (except rhe Q Fusion, which I only recently looked at).

Thanks in advance!

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Re: New conservatory level flute - Powell vs Haynes vs Muramatsu

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Ok probably not so useful comment but update: I got the Powell Conservatory Silver!!!! I am super happy with it!
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Re: New conservatory level flute - Powell vs Haynes vs Muramatsu

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Congratulations! Hope you are happy with it. It's a great flute.
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