|I'm 13 years old and I'm currently in 7th grade. I've been playing flute since 5th grade, and I hope to play it throughout highschool as well, maybe into college. I was first chair last year (6th grade band) but not this year since this obnoxious 8th grader took it ^.^ But, I believe that I will get first chair next year XD Well, my mom said that I could get a new flute when I go into the highschool, but ONLY after I'm in the highschool band for half of a year, so I would get it during 9th grade. Well, I've been looking into a Gemeinhardt 3SB. It's a great open holed, solid silver, low B foot flute that I would be able to get for under 800 dollars at my local music shop. I'm just asking for any opinions, or other flutes that may be good? I'd like one that would last all four years throughout highschool, and I am on a limited budget, so please if you have suggestions make it a flute under 1,000 dollars ^.^ Thank you. -Katie.