Joined: 28 Sep 2004 Posts: 7749 Location: Orange County, CA
Posted: Thu Mar 26, 2020 9:52 am Post subject:
The few Bach flugels I've played just didn't seem to be as refined compared to others I prefer.
I did come across one player using a Bach flugel and a 3 (not 3C) Bach mouthpiece. That player was uniquely able to approximate the sound of a French Horn. While that's not generally the sound I'm shooting for I still think that it was pretty cool. Can't say I've ever heard another flugel do that quite so well. _________________ "I'm an engineer, which means I think I know a whole bunch of stuff I really don't."
Charles J Heiden/So Cal
Bach Strad 180ML43*/43 Bb/Yamaha 731 Flugel/Kanstul 920 Picc/Conn 80A Cornet
Bach 3C rim on 1.5C underpart
Though I could not find a good camera angle in that video, I would say that the flugel looks very much like the early version of the 183 which I have, with the under-sprung valves.
FWIW, the 183 feels very light and agile. One of my old teachers, who placed himself firmly in the "Benge camp," stated that my 183 was one of the best flugelhorns he had ever played.
If you like the Benge flugelhorns with the large 5 bell or heavy Germanic-style flugelhorns, the Bach does not sound or play like those. Vincent Bach's 183 takes after the popular French style-flugelhorns of the day that had more overtones and a more delicate character. If you recall the 182 predecessor of the 183, it had a trumpet/cornet valve block with a shorter, narrow-wrap flugelhorn bell exiting first valve that sounded too much like a trumpet/cornet. For this reason, Bach copied the French flugels that had the short, straight tuning pipe to first valve and long, full-360-degree, wide-wrapped bell coming out of third valve. _________________ Flip Oakes Wild Thing Bb and C with 1.5 TCC, XT, C, & O mouthpieces
Bach 180SL72 with 1.5B 24/24 & M/K Drawing Bronze SR Tuning Slide and third valve slide
Bach 183S (undersprung valves & straight taper pipe) with 1.5 Flip Oakes XF
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