Amati Kraslice flugelhorn leadpipe question

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  1. edfitzvb

    edfitzvb Forte User

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    I recently bought a second flugelhorn on eBay as a backup. It had a detached leadpipe and a couple of dents. When it arrived, I placed the leadpipe in place and played it with my Bach 10 1/2AFL mouthpiece and was delighted at the quality of sound. I then sent it to my repairmen to be re-soldered. They then pointed out to me that there was no locking mechanism for the receiver, and they said there was red rot present. They then ordered a new leadpipe from factory in the Czech Republic. Fast forward from March 18 to May 30, I get a phone call that the piece came in and my horn is ready. I go to pick it up and the receiver swallows the mouthpiece. BUT a trumpet mouthpiece bottoms out and fits poorly. Is the leadpipe for a European taper flugelhorn mouthpiece? Can I get an adapter? I left the horn at the shop while I await answers from those more experienced than I. At this point, if there is an adapter I think I would rather go that route.... HELP!!!
     
  2. barliman2001

    barliman2001 Fortissimo User

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    In Europe, many flugelhorns are used in oompah bands and traditionally played with a trumpet mouthpiece - yes, indeed. Usually a fairly shallow trumpet mouthpiece, too, because flugel parts in these wind bands tend to be rather high affairs. A high C is quite common, and some polkas go even higher - on the flugel, i.e. the main melody part. Most rotary flugels come with a trumpet shank leadpipe and receiver only; and many perinet flugels built there can be had with either flugel or trumpet shank. In those cases where the manufacturer supplies two receivers, the smaller-size one tends to get lost...
    However, there is a light at the end of the tunnel (and no, it is NOT the oncoming train): there are inexpensive adapters around, and they work very well indeed.
    So, get one (Thomann Cyberstore) and enjoy the horn!
     
  3. edfitzvb

    edfitzvb Forte User

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    Thank you. That was my hope. I was quite surprised by the serviceability of this little horn when I played it. I very much appreciate the link.
     
  4. edfitzvb

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    Final update.... The shop called me and said they were able to salvage the original receiver. I now have one for flugel and one for cornet. happy ending
     

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