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Vintage Couesnon Monopole Conservatores B-flat Flugelhorn, Ser#14954 (~1950)

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Vintage Couesnon Monopole Conservatores B-flat Flugelhorn, Ser#14954 (~1950)

Couesnon Monopole Flugelhorn, ~1950

Couesnon (founded 1882) Monopole Flugelhorn - circa 1950
Serial No. 14954

Refurbished by Tom Green ( dents removed, bright silver plate, valves replated and honed by Mark Metzler (

Get your hands on some vintage hardware!

Couesnon flugelhorns are touted as the standard bearer among flugels. This horn turned out to be a superb player! This is the oldest one I can presently find available for sale: It is 70 years old!!!! There is another on eBay right now that is listed at $7500, is not as old, and has not been refurbished like this one!

The previous owner was a collector and told me that the horn needed new valves. When I first got it, the intonation was so bad that the C major scale was barely recognizable! I knew it would need a valve replate, but mixed reviews have been tossed around for years regarding the intonation on Couesnon flugelhorns, so I knew it was a gamble to put $$ into the finish. However, now that all of the work has been done, this horn plays extremely well in tune and is an incredible find! It also maintains that legendary, deep, rich Couesnon flugel sound, perfectly suitable for many settings, including the jazz soloist to commercial to classical church settings.

The horn did not come with a 3rd trigger, so I had Tom install one from Adams Brass left over from one of my previously-planned projects. Unique to this trigger is the brass ballcup connection, which is also silver plated and matches the overall look of the instrument and can easily be snapped off when you need to service or clean the third slide. All valves and slides work like new. I did use a borescope to check out the inside of the instrument, and it has no visible red rot. Micro dings and faint ripples in the final finish may be evident in certain light, but you should have seen it before I sent it to Tom! He really did a fantastic job! I have applied a nanotechnology sealant to protect the finish against oxidation.

$2100 (includes shipping to lower 48)
Category: Cornets and Flugelhorns
Item price: $2,100.00
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