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The development of valve instruments can be divided into two categories. Instruments of pure descent: trumpet, trombone and horn; and those whose further development required the introduction of valves. The flugel horn is one of these. Neither as flexible in use as the cornet, nor with the edge to the tone characteristic of the trumpet, it is, however, louder and richer in sound than either.
It is interesting to note that the flugel horn - with a few exceptions - was never really adopted by composers of classical orchestral works, and as a result, flugel horns are virtually absent from concert halls. But having recognized its sound & flexibility, the British Brass Band features the flugel, and of course it is a longtime favorite among Jazz musicians.
Kanstul has embellished the flugel tonal characteristics through the use of other bell materials such as copper and bronze. By correcting the taper, intonation has been perfected, tone color enhanced, and playing through the registers now requires little or no effort.
The following information is reprinted with permission from www.mouthpieceexpress.com
Guide to Flugelhorn Tapers
Confused about tapers? We used to be, too! Here's the scoop on flugelhorn mouthpiece tapers. If you are using the wrong taper, you may be experiencing poor intonation and response!
It should be noted that Kanstul mouthpipes of different tapers are interchangeable with other Kanstul models.
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