Best flute brands for beginners

I am frequently asked, “What is the best brand of flute to buy for a beginning student?”  Personally I think the Yamaha flutes are the most reliable.  They seem to give years of trouble-free service and don’t seem to go out of adjustment as quickly as some of the other brands.  What do you think?  Tell us about your flute, what brand it is and how you have found it.  What level of student would you recommend it for?