I don't know why we were able to fine two Gemeindhardt 3SBs for $300 in like new condition either. But they suit us fine. I think a lot of pros would have me spend more for a lesser instrument. That I don't understand. But then, I'm not really a flute player am I.bruce bailey said:My feeling on the Gemeinhardts is just the opposite (I worked for them for 11 years). I find the scale to be old and the heads play stuffy BUT they seem to last forever. A good beginner school flute as they tend to play even when out of adjustment!