I'm a local apartment trumpet player, meaning I play for myself though I approach trumpet playing seriously: trying to play every day and maintain a regular practice routine.
I bought a flugel 5 years ago on eBay. It's a simple Yamaha YFH 2310. It was stored in its case all the time. I was never tempted to play it until today - was too busy with other things: working on scales, arps, etc. on my trumpet. Here it comes a day when I think: "Why not?".
I pulled it out of the case, oiled the valves, began to blow into it and... was blown away!
I played it for as long as I had time (I would lose my endurance on trumpet two hours before I finished with flugel).
There is something about its sound and the easiness of playing that makes me think: "Should I become a full-time local apartment flugel player from now on?"
I know that for a working professional trumpet player it would be a big fault to transition to a flugel and... of course - it would be impossible in the first place - who needs a full-time flugel player?
For an amateur like me it's different: I'm free to play trumpet or flugel at my will or not to play either and drink beer instead.
However there is something that I'm worried about while it could be not so significant in reality. The easiness with which I played on the flugel is relative to my current trumpet playing experience and it means once I transition to flugel completely I will lose my trumpet chops (which are not so great by the way).
I'm not so worried that I won't be able to occasionally pick up and play trumpet if I want to in the future but I have a feeling that once I transition to flugel full-time I will lose that feel of easiness that I experienced first time. Do I explain it clearly?
In other words I'm worried that with time my chops will settle down to the flugel-requirements level and it won't feel so easy as I felt it today.
Do you get the idea?
Let me give you an example that might explain what I mean if it's still unclear.
Imagine that a powerlifter pushes up 150 kg in some kind of exercise regularly.
One day he decides to try a lower weight, say 120 kg and finds it much easier to push! (I'm sure you didn't expect that! )
And he thinks: "Well, I like this weight much better, let's stick with it!"
After a month this becomes his new top weight and it doesn't feel any longer as easy compared to his previous higher weight.
What is worse, when he wants to return to 150 kg he finds he can't push it.
Silly example but it illustrates my point... somehow. I hope it makes sense.
Of course, brass playing is not powerlifting but I assume you don't take my silly example literally?
So, will full-time transition to flugel turn it with time into as hard an instrument as trumpet when it's compared to trumpet played as the main instrument?