Lake City 415 Flugabone

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The flugabone was a popular design among brass players in the 1970's and early 1980's, combining the response and feel of the valve trombone with the warmth of the flugelhorn.  Originally designed as a marching instrument it was often used in commercial settings, such as jazz and latin/salsa (salsa legends Willie Colon and Ruben Blades made numerous recordings with the flugabone) as well as classical genres, often in the bass trumpet role, and has made a recent resurgence among brass players in a wide range of settings (for example, New Orleans-style brass bands). 

The Lake City FLB415 flugabone features a .492" bore, 8.7" bell (with a taper that allows it to use standard tenor trombone mutes), all-yellow brass bell and body construction, 3rd valve tuning slide ring, water keys on the main crook and 3rd tuning slide, 3 top-sprung stainless steel valves and is available in either clear lacquer or unlacquered finishes.  The FLB415 responds and slots easily, with a timbre that balances warmth and clarity; the upper register access is particular solid on this instrument.  It is a blast to play and is a great option for the player looking to explore a different and unique timbre, add an accessible valve option to their repertoire or have a compact and portable low brass option for travel or gigs!  Comes with fabric-covered hardshell case and mouthpiece.


Key: Bb

Bore Size: .492"

Bell Size: 8.7"

Bell Alloy: Yellow Brass

Body Alloy: Yellow brass leadpipe, tuning slides and valve casings

Valve Setup: 3 top-sprung stainless steel valves

Mouthpiece: 6 1/2AL, semi-conical cup

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  • Excellent horn

    Posted by Eric Carter on Mar 23rd 2022

    I received the flugabone recently, and I’m very pleased with this instrument. It’s a lot of fun to play, and I like its tone. My wife also thinks it has a very nice sound. The valves are nice and smooth, and intonation is quite good. I have tried both my baritone mouthpiece and the provided mouthpiece. With its funnel characteristics, the provided mouthpiece gives the horn a more mellow and colorful tone. It also seems to be easy to play softly. It’s not as heavy as I expected, which a pleasant surprise. This horn is a real winner at a good price point, in my opinion. Very well done!

  • Lake City 415 Flugabone

    Posted by Tom Heinar on Dec 29th 2021

    Everything said about this as introduction is true!
    Great horn, thanks,


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