Just recently, I signed up my little girl to rent a flute for school. I had asked the rep why the sample instruments were made of plastic and not stainless steel.
She seemed to be miffed by my question. She quickly snapped back with "Yours will NOT be made of plastic. Your instrument will be valued at over $1000"! So of course I paid for insurance.
Well, the flute is junk plastic.
It clearly states it inside the case. Also, the exact same flute is on the internet for $150.