Described by Instrumental Scholar Anthony Baines as a ‘valve Bugel related to both the key Bugle and the signal horn’ (used as a signal in Battle,) the Flugelhorn is a versatile Instrument that has been going strong since the early 19th Century.

In the videos below we see three vastly different sides to this multifaceted instrument. From these it’s easy to see why this is such a consistently featured instrument across so many genres of music.

Usually, although not always, the Flugelhorn is picked up by a player experienced on another Brass instrument. With this in mind here at Normans we hold stock of more advanced models. However, there are some more beginner / intermediate products available which we can provide on request.

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Above we have the Maestro Flugel Horn from Yamaha. This instrument is a popular choice for players who like a free and easy blow with a warm, carrying sound. Reasonably priced under the £2000.00 mark, this instrument is accessible to most adult players, especially with the addition of  our Pay4Later Finance scheme, see further details here.

The other model available on out website is the Vincent Bach 183 Stradivarius.

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This small bore instrument offers exceptional focus and sound making it a truly versatile product that wouldn’t sound out of place in any setting.



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As previously mentioned, other models are available. Sometimes a ‘lesser’ instrument can be more. For example: Pit playing. In the theater the pit is a magical place, that is also very, very cramped. As such it is a very real possibility that your beloved instrument will take a knock. It is for this reason you can often find professional players using less than professional instruments. One possible option the the Elkhart Flugel which retails for under £300.00. At this price this is also an ideal model for taking into the treacherous corridors of School.

The Final consideration we will look at in this blog is the age old question on Lacquer or Silver?

Some argue that a Lacquer instrument has a more mellow sound compared to the brightness of a Silver instrument. Be this as it may Lacquer wears more quickly but is easier to keep clean day to day whereas its Silver counterpart is longer lasting and takes repairs better.


  • Mellow sound
  • Easy to keep clean on day to day basis
  • Finish wears less long term


  • Bright sound
  • More difficult to keep clean on day to day basis
  • Long lasting



About the author

Heidi worked for a number of years at Normans Musical Instruments, progressing from a Saturday Sales Assistant to a full time Brass Specialist within our Sales Team. Heidi has now left Normans and we wish her all the best for her future endeavors.