It really depends on the person. Some people prefer the Yamaha, others prefer the Pearl. Both are good "intermediate" flutes. Finding some flutes to try out would be best, even if you end up purchasing a flute online.
Speaking of eBay, I would budget for up to $200 or so getting the flute cleaned, oiled, adjusted, and any pads replaced.
From what I can gather, you are looking for a flute with a "split E" mechanism. I don't think Gemeinhardt offers that feature. They have a 3SHB that has the same specs, but no "split E".
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