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The code on what model/production Couesnon Flugelhorns are is a mystery given the factory had burned down in the 1980s.
My particular horn has the COUESNON PARIS 78xxx MADE IN FRANCE on the bell. It has an N stamped on the 2d valve casing and no other model markings on the opposite side or third valve. It also has 30 stamped on the end of the leadpipe receiver. As far as I can tell, the serial number matches up to a production estimated at 1976-1979, possibly the 2155 or 140 models (most 140 models seem to have the 140 stamp, however). I highly recommend searching Trumpetherald.com to find similar information others have posted.

Regardless, this flugelhorn is one of the ones people rave about when they speak so highly of classic Couesnon Flugelhorns, particularly when they boomed in popularity in the 70s. It has a very sweet, mellow tone quality. It is not big and dark sounding like many of the modern, larger bore flugelhorns, but a classic airey, mellow tone that is very distinctive of the french flugels. Its sound is very different than the large bore models I owned or played previously.

The restoration, valve replating and new GR leadpipe on this Couesnon were all done by Charlies Brass Works and it has become a holy grail flugelhorn. The valves are tight and fast, intonation spot on, and although there is moderate resistance for a flugelhorn (due to bore size) I find it very easy to play.

There are some great playing flugelhorns on the market today to meet every players needs, what drove me to the Couesnon after a year long search was the sound character. I was drawn in by a few of the Kanstul horns, they are truely exceptional, as is the more refined Flip Oakes flugelhorn, but this Couesnon is incredible and I wouldn't part with it. Finish is blue lacquer with 24 carat gold plating.

Recommendation: Curry mouthpiece with GR leadpipe replacement (standard taper vs. original french taper).
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Bore (inch): .413
Bell (inch): 6
Bell Type: 2-piece
Bell Mtl.: brass
Valves: nickel
Keywords: Cousnon Flugelhorn
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Review Date: 8/16/2009 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Sound, ease of play
Cons: restore it to modern standards and you won't sell it, ever!

See my personal review in the text explaining this model (I suspect the 2155). After some healthy restoration costs, its a 10 and up to modern standards mechanically. It was well used prior to my restoration investment, so valves and intonation on many used Couesnon's won't be up to current standards, in used form it was an 8 with a 10 sound.
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