[Dixielandjazz] 'Flumpet'? (was 'Nuther dumb question)

Aad Overeem aad.overeem at wanadoo.nl
Thu Jun 9 14:28:09 PDT 2005

What a list, I almost every day learn something!

Some time ago I learned that the great late Art Farmer played a "Flumpet"
and IMHO he had a nice 'warm' sound on it, somewhat like a Flugelhorn.

Perhaps some expert can explain  me what a "Flumpet" is?  Perhaps sort of a
cross between a Flugelhorn and a Trumpet?

Aad Overeem


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From: "LARRY'S Signs and Large Format Printing" <sign.guy at charter.net>
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Subject: Re: [Dixielandjazz] 'Nuther dumb question

> snip:
> > Now I have another silly question, but what better place to get a good
> answer. What I'm wondering is how trumpet and cornet differ from one
> another, and why might one prefer one instrument over the other? Anyone
> to jump in?
> Cornet is a conical bore instrument, that is it starts out small and
> gradually gets larger like a sax.  the trumpet is a straight bore and it
> stays essentially the same size until it gets to the last crook just
> the bell.  The sound of a cornet is more mellow and has less projection.
> personally prefer the cornet to the trumpet.  Trumpets are usually used in
> orchestras whereas bands starting with Sousa uses cornets.  However having
> said that kids will almost always select the trumpet over the cornet.  The
> cornet is easier to hold in a horizontal position because the elbows can
> held closer to the body and is more restful.  Since cornets were used in
> bands (military and other) around the turn of the century they became a
> of the Dixie band and is usually used today in trad bands.
> The flugelhorn (sp?) is a conical instrument and produces a very mellow
> but little projection.  If I were king of the world you would need a
> permit to play trumpets.  That's personal preference.  I find the
> to be a very cool instrument.  This horn was actually outlawed during WWI
> General Pershing.  He would have no German instruments in his bands.  The
> rest of the country followed suit and the instrument fell out of favor
> jazz players re-discovered it.  You still won't find them in American
> concert bands, however, English brass bands use a flugelhorns as part of
> their standard instrumentation to our loss.
> Larry Walton
> St. Louis

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