As a saxophone player, my embouchure was atrocious. I worked for two solid weeks with an older Selmer headjoint and could barely get any tone to speak. As soon as I tried a Gemeinhardt, I felt like I had a chance! The facing of the lip-plate and overall tone quality is far superior to other items in this price range, and makes for a more forgiving first few lessons. Don't let frustration take the passion out of musicianship- get a flute engineered for greatness!