What are Flugelhorns?
Flugelhorns are primarily a jazz instrument in the US. Flugelhorns are also used in brass bands overseas and in the US on a more limited basis. The US doesn’t have many brass bands. In my opinion, that’s a shame because brass bands have a really cool sound to my ears. Flugelhorns have a truly unique, mellow sound that is really pleasing to the ear. I love playing a flugel
Are there different types of flugelhorns?
There are small bore and large bore flugels. There are also 3 valve and 4 valve ones. I personally play a large bore flugel, but most people prefer smaller bore horns. The choice of a 3 valve or 4 valve is totally personal preference. It’s easier to switch to a 3 valve flugel since the trumpet you normally play is also 3 valve.
If you choose a 3 valve horn, make sure there is a trigger for the 3rd valve slide to adjust for low “D” and “C#”. The fourth valve is different. Low D is played 4th valve, and low C# is played 2nd and 4th.
Please be aware that there are a few different mouthpiece shank sizes for flugelhorns, so if you already have a mouthpiece you like, make sure the instrument will fit the mouthpiece. Otherwise, you can just plan on getting a mouthpiece to fit whichever flugelhorn you choose. We will have links soon to instruments.