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I tried a Jupiter when I bought my student flute, but ended up with a Yamaha instead. A few years later a friend of mine got a Jupiter and she is very happy with it. My teacher also feels it is a good brand.
You may already have made your purchase, but for anyone else who looks at this thread, here's why I bought a Yamaha: It just sounded better when I played it. The bottom line when purchasing a new flute is that: how it sounds when YOU play it! It is a good principle to be able to play several flutes and make your choice based on how the flute performs for you.
My professional flute is a Miyasawa. When I bought it I played 4 or 5 different brands, and 8 or 9 different flutes. I kept coming back to the Miyasawa over and over because it sounded the best when I played it. The interesting thing is this: My teacher also played it and 2 or 3 of the other ones I was testing, and if she had been making the purchase, she would have chosen a different flute - because SHE sounded better on another one!
I hope this is helpful to someone!