Written on: 14/08/2007 by Karen Z (1 review written)
Intonation, finish, sound, feel, etc. In a nutshell... overall quality is pretty bad.
I have taught flute for 30 years. I have played and recorded all over the US and a couple of countries. Gemeinhardt used to make the 2SP in Elkhart, Indiana. The factory is still there, although very few flutes are actually built there any longer. They have farmed all 2SP production to the Angel factory in China. As with most Chinese factories, as long as your order is large enough, they will put any name you want on their flutes. Angel has been around for years and is known worldwide for making cheap copy instruments. Basically, when Brookstone Partners (an investment banking firm) bought Gemeinhardt a few years ago, they got rid of most of the craftspeople and employees. A typical Chinese flute cost around $40.00 FOB China. It seems to me these guys don't want to make a profit; they want to make a killing.
Don't be fooled, Gemeinhardt is riding on a name and nothing else. The 2SP is nothing like the US made original no matter what your salesperson says.
Do yourself a favor and take a look at other brands, even other Chinese made brands. I think you'll find a lot better student flute at a much better price.