Couesnon 3 Valve Flugelhorn Serial #isi1811

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Beautiful vintage horn!


This vintage Couesnon 3 valve flugelhorn is in very good condition. It has 95%+ of the lacquer remaining on the horn. It has a beautiful dark honey lacquer. There are a couple of player wear touch spots on the tubing leaving the third valve and the lead pipe from the pinky and the thumb. There is some typical player wear scratching through the bell and the bow.  The brace from the third valve tuning slide to the bottom of the body looks to be a replacement as it is not a “duck foot” brace, as is the pinky hook brace. Please note there is a dent in the body just up from the water key and a couple of very minor dents in the body and the bell. The bell does have a very minor wave to it and there is light evidence of bell dent removal. Please see pictures for details. There is no serial number engraved on the flugelhorn that we could find.  There is a “Z” engraved on the second valve casing below the second valve tuning slide. There is also “UZ” engraved on the lead pipe receiver.  It is suggested that the “Z” on the valve casing/lead pipe were specific to a model/bore size, unfortunately because of a fire at the Couesnon factory all of that information including serial numbers/years of manufacturing were lost. The engraving on the bell reads “Couesnon Paris Made in France”. No mouthpiece is included. This horn comes in a good used condition case. The inner lock braces are missing and not included. This does mean the horn moves freely within the case, it will be packed well so it does not move around in shipping. This horn plays with a beautiful dark warm rich sound!  It gives you that great smoky flugelhorn tone.  The valves are nice and quick.  The core sound of this flugelhorn is well balanced from top to bottom.  The horn has a nice response and is a pleasure to play!

Additional Information:
Instrument Condition: The overall physical condition of this used instrument is very good.
Playing Condition: This instrument is currently in excellent playing condition.
The Finish: It has approximately 95%+ of the lacquered finish.
Player Wear: Light general wear (possible surface scratches and/or minor dents/dings).
Valve Condition: All the valves are in good working condition and all of the tuning slides are loose.
Lead Pipe Condition: Light general wear (possible surface scratches and/or minor dents/dings).
Back Bell Bow Condition: Very light general wear (minor if any surface imperfections).
The Bell: Almost no dents and very minor bell edge damage.
Bell Diameter Approximately: 5 7/8 inches.
The Mouthpiece: No mouthpiece is included, or other accessories.
The Stand: If pictured, not included.
The Case: Good used condition (general wear with some edge wear and visible surface scratches).
Engraving: Couesnon Paris Made in France (on the bell) UZ (on the lead pipe receiver) Z (on the second valve casing below the second valve tuning slide).
*Note: We do offer private appointments to test our high-end quality instruments, please contact us to schedule an appointment.
*Note: If the serial number begins with “isi” this means we were unable to locate or read the original serial number and therefore it was assigned an automatically generated serial number from our system.

Additional information

Weight 20 lbs
Dimensions 24 × 17 × 11 in