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August 5, 2004 Jazz Blog 3 Comments

New flugelhorn

jupiter flugelhornI went ahead and purchased a new Jupiter 846RL flugelhorn. I've had it now for two days. Check out my updated equipment page for pictures and more information.

I recall reading/hearing that some people find cornets to be easier to play, in part because the bell is closer and you can hear yourself more clearly. I never gave it much thought, though, until now. My flugelhorn is only a few inches shorter than my trumpet, but perhaps due to the larger bell, I feel more connected to the sound. My playing seems more centered and precise.

This precision was most noticeable in a jam session I had tonight, with Chuck Mangione; or more precisely, with his recording of "Feels So Good" (oh come on… I bet you did the same thing when you got your first flugelhorn!).

I've never tried playing along to the recording, but when I put it on tonight, I was really close in accuracy. I even managed to punch out some of the higher notes (no, not the high D). And you know what? It felt so good... ;-)

Update: If you're considering this horn, you may want to read Flugelhorn - gone for repairs and Flugelhorn - it's back!.

Updated 12/5/05: It's gone...

I can't believe I've just discovered your site... it's great :-)

My flugel is a Jupiter 846RL too. I can't say that I came home after buying it a jammed with Mr Mangione. But I did play some Kenny Wheeler in the shop.

Look forward to reading your site. If you're interested you can check out my audioblog at http://etnobofin.blogspot.com

Comment by Rick

Hey there, I checked out your site and added it to the jazz blog section on my LINKS page.

Thanks for visiting!

-Rick

Comment by guy

Hey guys,

if the pro oils don't work try using a cheaper thicker oil. Pro oil and the Hybrid is meant for horns with really tight valves like Monnette and Schilke. The Jupiter does not fall into that category. I had the same problem once with my horn and got this same advise from a friend and stopped having sluggish valves

Guy

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