The Top 5 Pan Flutes Reviewed
There are many benefits to learning to play any musical instrument. It helps to keep your brain young and agile, and helps to coordinate the body and the brain. Mastery of musical instrument inspires confidence and self-assurance as well as improving memory, discipline and time management skills. For kids, learning a musical instrument can help them to become more disciplined and mature as well as introducing them to a new social circle. Of course, that’s not to say that adults can’t reap the same benefits, too. Learning, mastering and regularly playing a musical instrument can be extremely therapeutic and great for relieving stress and orienting a busy mind at the end of a long working day.
While many flock to the guitar or piano, woodwind instruments like the pan flute have their own discrete benefits. Because these are instruments which are played by breathing into them, flautists need to have excellent breath control. And with deeper breathing comes stress relief, better flow of oxygen to the brain and a sense of harmony and wellbeing. Not to mention the soothing and hauntingly beautiful sound of this traditional instrument first used by the ancient Greeks but played throughout the world for centuries from China to South America. Mastering a woodwind instrument also helps to build core strength and improve your posture so you get a mini-workout every time you play.
Whether you’re already a prolific multi-instrumentalist or whether you’re looking for your first instrument to help you begin your musical journey, the pan flute is a wonderful choice. Nonetheless, it’s important to find the right one for you. In finding the right pan flute for your needs you’ll need to balance everything from ergonomics to aesthetics. Here are 5 of our favorites…
Best Pan Flutes
Made from high quality bamboo, this beautiful two-handed pan flute is in the key of C and has 25 pipes for broad range. Suitable for both children and adults, this pan flute from MoonAngel in China is aesthetically beautiful and at less than $200 represents exceptional value.
The use of bamboo not only gives the pan flute its beautiful and traditional sound, it also makes for a light and durable instrument. You can let your child learn to play this instrument without worrying about whether they’ll be able to hold it or carry it or what might happen if they drop it. At roughly 3 and a half pounds and 15x15x3 inches it’s a manageable size and weight for all but the youngest budding instrumentalists.
Of course, that’s not to say that only younger players will get a kick out of this pan flute. Older players, whether already musically accomplished or playing this as their first instrument will appreciate the sleek and beautiful design with its rich reddish brown luster.
Should you need to tune this 25 pipe pal flute you’ll find a piece of dowelling attached which can be used to adjust the stoppers for quick and easy tuning. It also comes with its own carry bag.
All told, this is a good starter flute with an exceptionally beautiful design at a budget-friendly price.
- Color: Brown
- Key: C
- Pipes Number: 25
- High Quality
- Material: Bamboo
Another entry from MoonAngel, this 18 pipe pan flute is in the key of F and players can choose between right-handed and left-handed variants depending on their preferences. Like the previous entry from MoonAngel this pan flute is made from bamboo and has a beautiful classical yet sleek design. However, the varnish is more of a light brown than the rich, dark reddish brown of the 25 pipe version. Nonetheless, it boasts a similarly sleek and elegant design that is sure to please child and adult players alike.
The flute itself weighs just shy of 15 ounces and its bamboo construction means that it is also durable despite its light weight. Dimensions are 12.9 x 12.8 x 2.4 inches. The longest pipe is 11 inches in length while the shortest is around 3 inches. Like the above entry from MoonAngel, this also comes with a carry bag and a piece of dowelling to assist with quick and easy tuning.
At a current price of just $55 this pan flute from Moon Angel boasts a standard of craftsmanship you’d expect from a much more expensive flute. It is both beautifully stylish and ergonomically pleasing and an easy instrument for children and adults, the accomplished and the inexperienced alike.
While many will look to this as a perfect starter flute, it will nonetheless give you years of faithful service if properly looked after and tuned.
- Color: Brown
- Key: F
- Pipes Number: 18 Pipes
- Right Hand
For those who put ethics and sustainability at the forefront of their every purchasing decision, this is the perfect pan flute. Peru Treasure’s 15 pipe pan flute is handmade in Peru with a design that honors the ancient Incan musical traditions of which the pan flute played such a huge part. Since it was founded in 2013, the Northern California-based Peru Treasure brand has excelled in bringing exclusive pan flutes handcrafted by talented artisans from Peru to music enthusiasts all over the world.
You can enjoy the mellow sound of this traditionally made pan flute safe in the knowledge that it has been handmade by one of a select few Peruvian artisans and made from completely renewable bamboo crops.
Of course, the ethical benefits are just one reason why this flute is a great purchase for players of all ages and ability levels. Its stunning and colourful design (augmented by a traditionally colourful Incan-themed carry case) make it a beautiful instrument to learn with an aesthetic that matches the hauntingly sweet notes of the pipes themselves. Its simple yet elegant design and subtle curves give it a beautiful yet distinctive look that’s true to its cultural heritage.
The weight (3.2 ounces) and dimensions (7”x7.25”x9”) make it a great choice for players of any age or size and a perfect starter flute. This flute is tuned to the key of C.
While a good fit for just about anyone with an interest in learning to play the pan flute, this is sure to be of particular value for those who want to make sure that their musical instruments are ethically sourced.
- MEASUREMENTS: 7 1/4" (L) x 7" (W) Shortest pipe is 2"- see picture for details
- Read Measurements carefully before purchasing. See all images to get an idea of dimensions.
- Great for beginners.
- Tuned C (Do). 440Hz
- Brand new. Imported from Peru. Peru Treasure brand.
This affordable resin based pan flute is designed with the beginner in mind, yet has a sleek and sophisticated appearance with its subtle and shiny dark brown curved. Please note that this pan flute is made from resin and not reed or bamboo.
This 18 pipe pan flute is tuned to the key of C and does not require tuning. The wind chute allows you to start playing straight away. This is especially appealing for the parents of younger players who would rather not endure their son or daughter’s impatience while they dedicate time and effort to tuning each of the 18 pipes correctly.
Its durable design means that despite its sleek and elegant appearance it can withstand being handled by young players and won’t be catastrophically damaged if dropped. Furthermore, the Wind Melody 18 Pipe Pan Flute comes with a stylish and robust carry bag for safe and easy transportation to practice or concerts.
Weighing in at 12.2 ounces and measuring 13.5 x 11.1 x 1 inches it is light yet has a nice sturdy feel in the hands and is perfect for the whole family to play.
While this is made and marketed with the beginner in mind, it’s a pan flute that will serve you well for years to come when properly looked after and stored.
- 18 Tube Pan Flute for beginner,easy learning
- Key: C
- Number of pipes: 18 pipes
- Advantage: exellent pronunciation, easy learning,Good Musical Gift
- Color: Dark Brown
Another hand crafted Peruvian flute with a traditional Incan-influenced design, this 13 pipe pan flute is perfect for those who value the beauty of hand-crafted South American design.
While ostensibly a decorative flute, many report that this flute can indeed be played, so it’s perhaps useful as a backup pan flute that spends most of its time on display yet enjoys occasional play.
Still, if you’re looking for a celebration of gorgeous artisanal Pervuian design as well as a decorative flute that is ethically sourced, 100% fair trade and hand made by skilled indigenous artists in Peru you could do far worse.
Measuring 6 and 5/8s of an inch by 5” this is a fairly diminutive flute and well suited to smaller hands. And with a weight of just 1.6 ounces it’s a very light instrument.
While more of a display piece than a fully-functioning instrument it can still provide a useful backup or something to get inexperienced hands used to handling a pan flute.
- Artisan handmade from Peru
- Original from Peru - Product of Inkatumi - Fair trade
- Material: Bamboo - Traditional colorful Inca ornament
- Dimensions: 6 5/8" (L) x 5" (W)
- Intended use: Souvenir,Decorative (NOT FOR PLAYING)
The pan flute is more than a musical instrument, it’s a symbol that transcends history and cultures. It’s stunning design and beautiful melody are enjoyed around the world by people of all ages. If you’re hoping to experience this beautiful instrument for yourself, the above selection should cater to all needs and preferences.
Tips For Using A Pan Flute
This video offers some instructions on how to use the pan flute: