Welcome to the Flugelhorn, a fatter richer more mellow cousin of the cornet, also sharing the same conical bore. Sound wise it sits halfway between the cornets and Tenor Horns. It was the predecessor to the Bugle and the word flugel means wing or flank, and in the early 18th century in Germany the flugelmeister played the flugelhorn to direct the wings of the hunt, at this time it was valveless. The first version of a valved bugle/flugelhorn was sold by Heinrich Stölzel in Berlin in 1828 and from here the modern-day flugelhorn was developed. Most usually found in the pitch of Bb, occasionally found in the key of C, it’s a versatile instrument found predominantly in Brass Bands, but also found in Jazz, Orchestras and Pop! With the same fingering and range of the cornet, many cornet players double on the flugelhorn. Although as agile as a cornet it is trickier to play.