Can trumpets substitute flugel horns?

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by keigoh, Apr 4, 2013.

  1. keigoh

    keigoh Pianissimo User

    Oct 24, 2012
    My brass quintet is playing a piece for the spring concert for our school, and it requires two trumpet/flugelhorn parts, and the other trumpet player and I have to switch between trumpet and flugelhorn often during this piece. Unfortunately, our school only has one flugelhorn, and there are no music shops nearby that rents it, either. Do you think that it would sound the same if one of us played trumpet the whole time?
  2. Dale Proctor

    Dale Proctor Utimate User

    Jul 20, 2006
    Heart of Dixie
    You should both probably play trumpet on the flugelhorn parts and play into the stand...or, use bucket mutes if you have them. There's no good way to try to mix one trumpet and one flugelhorn and expect them to sound similarly.
  3. Vulgano Brother

    Vulgano Brother Moderator Staff Member

    Mar 23, 2006
    Parts Unknown
    I'd leave the first trumpet on trumpet, blowing into the stand like Dale suggests, and maybe trying a deep cupped mouthpiece for the flugelhorn part.
  4. coolerdave

    coolerdave Utimate User

    Nov 7, 2009
    San Pedro
    Have considered asking one of the local music shops to loan you or rent you a flugel for a couple of days? Maybe put an ad in Craiglist for the Somewhere location and see if someone would consider loaning one. Can't hurt to try right?
  5. tobylou8

    tobylou8 Utimate User

    Dec 22, 2008
    Agreed! It's hard enough with just flugels!!:D
  6. gmonady

    gmonady Utimate User

    Jan 28, 2011
    Dayton, Ohio
    Another technique outside of blowing into the stand is to use a bucket mute on the trumpet. That comes closest to darkening the sound toward the flugelhorn sound, without having to stay ridiculously close to the music stand that vision is strained or your view is obstructed from gazing at that cute alto sax player in the front row.
  7. gmonady

    gmonady Utimate User

    Jan 28, 2011
    Dayton, Ohio
    Oh and the cost of a bucket mute for the school is a drop in the bucket compared to the cost of buying another flugelhorn for the school.
  8. gmonady

    gmonady Utimate User

    Jan 28, 2011
    Dayton, Ohio
    Another option is some philanthropic TM member here to donate a flugelhorn to your school... Any members out there that have a flugelhorn they are not using that can go to a nice home?
  9. ChopsGone

    ChopsGone Forte User

    Jan 26, 2009
    Northern California
    I've loaned flugelhorns to the local school; there's probably someone in "Somewhere" who would do the same. But provided your trumpet isn't one of those that are always going to sound extremely bright, you can combine one of those Ring-Mutes (all over eBay) and a flugel-like mouthpiece (a Curry TF in one of the larger sizes, a Reeves C2J, etc.) and especially a change in approach to playing the horn - back off, try for a flugelhorn sound. The result won't fool a flugelhorn player, but with work it can come close enough to sound good enough for the audience.
  10. Rapier

    Rapier Forte User

    Jul 18, 2011

    You have two that are suitable. ROFL

    Then get an Eclipse.

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