Sterling silver hand carved headjoint, silver plated body, footjoint and keys, French (open hole), pointed key arms, and B footjoint. The DZ-500, is in my opinion, one of the best intermediate flutes you will find, equal to or superior to instruments costing two to three times more.
Di Zhao flutes are equal to or superior to instruments costing two to three times more. Each head joint is hand carved with undercuts and overcuts making them easy to produce a full sound and easy to play. Steven Wasser, owner of Powell, said of Di Zhao - “Zhao has outstanding skills as a flute and headjoint maker” … Posted: February, 2007, Entrepreneur Media, Inc. Each instrument is semi-handmade in that each key is individually hand fitted for a precise fit without the side to side play found in machine made flute mechanisms. All pads are partially shimmed, a process that is employed only for professional flutes. Every flute is made to achieve smooth key action, fast response, and excellent resonance. Master flute maker, Di Zhao tests and adjusts each instrument in the same manner that the top professional flutes in the U.S. are tested. All flutes are tuned to pitch 442.
From Yahoo /answers.yahoo.com Forum – Mamianka writes:
DiZhao has only representation by quality FLUTE dealers - not by BigBox band instrument stores ..... For the amount of *flute* you get for this incredibly fair price - be grateful, and grab one before there is a huge waiting list.