Technically, the Eastern Shoreman is not a flute. I was in BPS a week ago or so and Scott Christopher, sells calls for Sean Mann, was in the store. We talked for about 45 mins; he's a great guy for sure. Anyway, the Eastern Shoreman is not a true flute.
I think flutes are cool...they give you a REALLY low gutty sound, but you can' do a whole lot with them. You pretty much get a moan, a cluck, and the honk, all at the same tone. Moving your hand position does'nt do NEARLY what it does on a short reed. While the guy behind me is right, the Eastern Shoreman is AMAZING (and yeah it does look like a flute), it's also $200. If you're just looking for that low low stuff, you probably don't need to spend so much.
Good luck this year!