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Yet another difference is the bore size of the lead pipe. It's not intuitive, but thinner lead pipes give a softer sound. Flugelhorns have different standards for size of lead pipes. The ones you find in the US often have larger lead pipes than the french ones, which have a softer sound. Consider the french horn, it has a much softer sound than a trumpet, ...


Another key reason for tonal variation between the two is the mouthpiece design. Although a typical true cornet mouthpiece is generally deeper and more funnel shaped than a modern trumpet mouthpiece, it is less so than a typical flugel piece. Other factors include bell size, the way the bell flares earlier and faster on a flugel than a cornet, the way the ...

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