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This was recommended to me to buy for my son as a student graded flugehorn, he has played the trumpet for a number of years now and this is an interesting variation in which he was introduced to by his teacher about a year ago and wanted one ever since so we did a little research and together we bought this online.
11-mm 55 bore
Gold brass lead pipe
6" gold brass bell
Nickel silver outsliders
3 water keys
Third slide trigger
Padded case with handle
3 year warranty
The flugehorn is a wind instument across between a trumpet, a horn and a cornet and was invented in the 19th century.
It has the same playing systems as the above mentioned instuments and can therefore be played by trumpet and cornet players without much difficulty as the finger placements are very simular if not exactly the same.
The sound and tone of a flugehorn is much darker and fatter than that of a trumpet, this is because of the larger bell and overall larger size, the flugehorn is mainly used for brass bands and jazz but is also becoming more popular in todays music as a softer accompaniment.
THOUGHTS AND FEELINGS...
I am told that it pays to take the time to get used to a new instrument and my son has had five months of getting to know his and also gets the thumbs up from his music teacher.
Feedback from my son and his teacher include... it has a good quality rich sound and tone and it locks onto notes less easily than some but at the same time is very agile and with a little practice is sound perfect.
It is comfortable to play for long periods of time and is smooth and blows easy and freely for crystal clear notes, a good quality build.
My son loves his flugehorn and has found the transition from a trumpet quite easy, he is very comfortable with this instrument and gets great enjoyment from playing it, he did try it with a trumpet mouthpeice at first but soon realised this cannot be done as the flugehorn's mouthpeice is slightly bigger, although this particualar type comes with 3 keys some do come with 4.
My personal thoughts are that on first impressions i thought it was a peice of art work, very attractive peice of kit for a starter student peice, you can tellthe difference between the flugehorn and a trumpet by sight (not being an actual player of the instruments i can easily tell the difference).
It is almost pretty with its two tone shiny brass looks and is very comfortable to hold and has a comfortable hand position, it is a nice shape and not at all heavy to hold.
The hard padded case is a nice touch and all together looks very expensive, i am pleased with this purchase and even though i have been assured i have got a bargin i still feel it was on the expensive end and wish it would have been a little cheaper. i am told it is worth what we paid though.
I would recommend this product as it has seemed to make my son and his music teacher very happy and they both gave it a huge thumbs up in terms of value for money and quality, i will take their words for it as they are in the know about these things and i trust their judgement.
I think it could have perhaps been a little cheaper but overall im pleased with the deal we got as it included safe delivery and a 3 year warranty.
My son's music skills have improved greatly over the past few months and his progress has been aided by this impressive instrument, when he plays it produces a rich, deep, mellow sound and has a quite mesmerising tone to it which is pleasant to listen to.
I will give this product a 4 out of 5