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Couesnon Monopole 140L
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Review Date: 10/14/2004 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Unmatched sound at any price.
Cons: No 3rd valve trigger

 
This is the instrument every other Flugelhorn maker compares theirs to - and for good reason. I bought mine second hand from my High School era trumpet teacher. He was Couesnon's US clinician and he'd custom-ordered this horn in the 1960's. Unfortunately he never liked it, so he sold it to me for about 20% the cost of a new one. I've never been happier with an instrument than I am with this one. It's clearly one of the only horns in my collection that will remain with me until I can no longer play. If you see one, buy one. You'll not do better at any price!
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Review Date: 11/16/2005 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $300.00 | Rating: 7 

 
Pros: quality of tone
Cons: valves and intonation

 
Purchased new in 1980. Silver plated. I know this is the 'holy grail' of flugels, and I understand why because of the tone, but this horn is also about compromise.

I've happily played mine for over 25 years. It remains consistant in tone and playability. The issues that the owner has to consider are two fold:

1. valves: oil 'em up before every session, because otherwise they might stick. They also make a lot of noise and are B quality in responsiveness.

2. intonation problems are the norm with most flugels, and this one is no different. Slightly out of tune passages are virtually undetectable when at the live gig, but a recording session magnifies the 'problem notes' and will require some 'sweetening' to make things perfect.

Is it worth purchasing if you can find one? yes, for most players. You'll soon learn what notes need to be lipped up to sound 'in tune' and you'll love the tone.

Also, this horn is very easy to blow and doesn't pinch much until you get faily high in the register.

For the pro who records, you'll love a Lawler or perhaps another custom. I recently bought a Lawler TLFL and now wich I had it years ago...

Holy grail? Not really, but a nice horn that is better than most of the competition becuase of the sound.
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Review Date: 1/25/2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $650.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: excellent flugel sound, smooth valves
Cons: intonation, fit and finish

 
For the price, you won't find a better flugel anywhere. Almost all major manufacturers attempt to duplicate this horn. Once I bought it, I added Curry CCaps, a 3rd valve trigger (which solved the intonation problems) and Amado water keys. I also had the horn gold-plated, fixing the finish problems. If you get a trigger for it, you won't ever want to sell a horn like this!
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