Yamaha YFH-631G Flugelhorn
- Bb Professional Flugelhn - Clear Lacquer with Gold Brass Bell
Yamaha’s gorgeous flugelhorn is designed to produce the dark sound for which the flugelhorn is known, making it the ideal accompaniment for professional jazz artists. One way this instrument produces that deep, unique sound is through its gold brass construction and lacquer finish, as well as the small 0.433-inch bore size.
The smaller bore size can take some practice to get the intonation and staccato right, which is why this horn is normally kept for intermediate and professional musicians. Despite this, many beginner players have noted that this horn can generate smooth tones, thanks in part to the quality of the design and the smoothness of the sound. Monel pistons and a third slide trigger adjustment on the flugelhorn make altering the tone and tuning the instrument a breeze.
This horn, interestingly, includes a moveable mouthpiece receiver, which can help to prevent the mouthpiece from being caught in the flugelhorn. It’s important to note that this flugelhorn is quite huge, weighing in at ten pounds. This is a disadvantage for long sets because holding and playing it for long periods of time can be exhausting. With this flugelhorn, Yamaha includes a sturdy carrying case as well as a Yamaha mouthpiece, as well as a five-year limited guarantee.
Bach FH600 Flugelhorn
- Key of Bb
- Two-piece yellow brass bell
- Monel valves; Vertical valve slides with 3rd valve slide trigger
The attractive cost, middle bore size, and wonderful dark intonation, this flugelhorn is a favorite among musicians. The flugelhorn has a 0.434-inch bore size, which provides the finest combination of projection volume, air flow, and deep sound quality. The yellow brass finish is closer to a silver finish and a trumpet sound than the gold brass finish found on most flugelhorns, yet the sound of this horn isn’t that of a trumpet. The seamless action of the valves on this horn was praised by users, who also praised the third slide trigger for easier tuning.
The valves are monel for fine tuning and have a pearl finish on top for a clean feel and long life. Overall, consumers thought that this flugelhorn was simple to play and had a distinct tone, and that it was a big improvement over budget flugelhorns. They particularly liked the horn’s modest 7.8-pound weight, which makes it simpler to use for longer engagements.
With this flugelhorn, Bach includes a safe carrying bag as well as a Bach 7c flugelhorn mouthpiece. Even better, Bach included a five-year limited warranty with the horn, which covers any tubing flaws. This flugelhorn is more durable than other flugelhorns, and it should last for years of practice and performances.
Levante LV-FH6205 Bb Professional Flugelhorn with Soft Case
- Levante Series Flugelhorn
- Gold Brass body & Stainless Steel Pistons
- Clear Lacquered Body
This tiny and lightweight flugelhorn from Levante is ideal for artists who want to take the next step up in their instrument or dig deep into flugelhorn practice. The horn has a 0.433-inch bore and a six-inch bell, which is the same as on the Yamaha flugelhorn. Despite the smaller size, customers noted that this horn is slightly easier to play than the Yamaha horn. Furthermore, the nickel silver structure combined with the gold brass gives it a trumpet-like feel and tone, making it easier for trumpeters to transition to this flugelhorn.
However, one of the disadvantages that prevents this horn from being recommended for professional musicians, particularly jazz artists, is the lack of sound quality depth. Even yet, this flugelhorn has a lot of professional attributes. The valve buttons are coated with mother-of-pearl for a smooth touch, and the monel pistons make it easy to change the tone of the horn. When the third slide trigger adjustment is needed, users report that it glides easily.
Overall, consumers praised the horn’s sound and said it was a lovely instrument for the price. This flugelhorn comes with a mouthpiece and a cushioned case from Levante. However, the guarantee, at only one year, is shockingly low for such a well-designed instrument.
Hawk Flugelhorn WD-FG
This low-cost flugelhorn is a great way for beginners or aspiring musicians to check out the flugelhorn without breaking the bank. Although the horn is rudimentary and does not create the deep, vivid sound that flugelhorns are known for, users have found that it provides a good introduction to the instrument, which can lead to later upgrades. The horn’s enormous 0.46-inch bore is the major reason it doesn’t generate the distinctive flugelhorn sound. However, because moving air through the horn is very smooth and unobstructed, this big bore size makes it incredibly easy for beginners to play.
Although this is partly what keeps the flugelhorn so affordable, the brass copper in the construction also contributes to the brightness of the sound. Furthermore, the pistons are not made of monel. The valves on this horn, as well as the third trigger slide, were said to be difficult to slide compared to more expensive flugelhorns. Most beginner musicians who haven’t worked with higher-end horns, on the other hand, didn’t appear to notice any unusual grating in the valves and thought the horn played smoothly.
The flugelhorn is even more beginner-friendly because it comes with everything you need to play and maintain it, including not only a mouthpiece but also valve oil and a soft case. Many customers choose to change the mouthpiece because the mouthpiece that comes with the horn is quite inexpensive, and the plating faded off after a year of practice.
RS Berkeley FLU668
This flugelhorn from RS Berkeley, a renowned instrument producer, is the ideal flugelhorn for beginners at an affordable price. The flugelhorn’s bigger size and weight make it simpler for many beginning artists to wield, however it is still hefty at nine pounds. The 0.435-inch bore size is similar to that used by professional flugelhorns, allowing you to achieve the trademark flugelhorn sound and plenty of volume without making it difficult to flow air through the horn. Furthermore, the huge 6.25-inch bell aids in the release of air and the sounding out of notes in the middle of the flugelhorn’s range with minimal effort.
All of the pistons are hand lapped, and the valves are monel, allowing you to tune the horn quickly and easily before playing. A third slide trigger adjustment allows you to instantly change the tone of the instrument. This flugelhorn’s red brass copper and nickel silver construction is uncommon in comparison to the normal gold or silver brass finish. This is done in order to keep the flugelhorn’s price low, but it also makes the horn more resonant, similar to a trumpet.
This alteration to the horn’s sound is one of the main reasons why this flugelhorn, which is normally meant to be smooth and has a lot in common with more professional flugelhorns, is usually designated for beginners.