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Flute/value of yamaha french flute


I have a Yamaha french flute, purchased in 1990 and am wondering the value. The only numbers I see on it are 385II and I was hoping that would help in it's identification. I believe my mother purchased it for around $800.00 at that time. I am looking to sell it, so I want to offer a fair price.

Thank you for you help.


Hi Kathy,

Thanks for the question.  Pricing any flute without seeing it and playing it is nearly impossible.  The condition of the instrument makes a big difference on the price.  A quick internet search indicated that most people are asking for $790 for the instrument, and I would say those figures are fair.  Your best bet is to take the instrument to a qualified professional flute player to help determine its exact current condition.

Good luck.

Best Wishes,


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I feel very comfortable answering questions regarding classical music. This includes performance of music on woodwind instruments, theory, history, etc. I am happy to answer questions about careers in music and collegiate study. I am also able to answer simple questions in the field of Audio Engineering.


I have played the flute for 25 years. I am very active in professional music organizations, and I have had several students go on to successful careers.

I am currently a member of the Conductor's Guild, the National Flute Association, the American String Teachers Association, West Virginia Music Educators Association, and Ohio Music Educators Association.

I hold a bachelor of music education degree from The Ohio State University along with a business minor. I have a Master of Music degree from the same institution. I am currently a professor at a college in Florida.

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