I am a long time flute user, but last year made the short read change and will never go back. With that said there are still some nice sounding flutes out there. I have a fried that just can't get a short read to do anything. I gave him one of my flutes and he got the hang of it fairly fast. I don't see anything wrong with them, but I can sure make a lot more sounds and sound like more birds with a short read. I am sure there are some that can really play a flute, but I do much better on the short read.
More ammo! I need to shoot something!