Summary: I am not a Flute Player, or any other Wind Instrument Player for that matter, but did have a Recorder when young and found it relaxing just to play whatever came out of my imagination for a while from time to time. I bought this Fife with the same intent.
Summary: As a flute instructor, I have found starting young students on this "fife" to be the most economical and efficient way to develop tone and technique, especially when paired with Liz Goodwin's "The Fife Book".
Summary: I received my fife two days after I placed my order. I was successful at producing a nice sound from the fife. I am going to practice my long tones and fingering. I like the way it's made, You'll have to make adjustments so that you can blow the fife comfortabley.
Summary: Although this is not a traditional fife but it comes with lovely warm tone and accurate intonation. I own another cooper fife and I don't think the Cooperman fife has better intonation than this Yamaha "TOY" that I bought with $5 with shipping included.
Summary: I was interested in this "Fife" and at the price I could not resist. Here are the quick pros and cons: Pros: Beautiful, "pure" sound. Not too breathy. Good esp for the price. Great for transitioning from a recorder/pennywhistle to a transverse woodwind instrument (eg flute, fife, irish flute,...
Summary: The unique fingering on this instrument is not helpful. True recorder fingering would have produced clearer pitches, and easier fingering for playing in all keys, but Yamaha decided to invent a different spacing to the holes.
Summary: This is an ideal inexpensive first real instrument. My six year old daughter wants to learn to play the flute and this is the instrument they play in the first class. Her instructor says her students learn the same finger positions as they use on a high quality fife.