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WTB B flat Mellophone

Postby DonShirer » Wed Feb 14, 2018 7:25 pm

     Our band's lead trumpeter (retired USCG band) is seeking a B flat Mellophone. He wants to try that for a particular solo instead of his cornet or flügelhorn. I said I would inquire for him on this forum and pass on any replies. He is located in southeastern CT.
     I know the majority of mellophones are pitched in E flat or F. He might be interested in one of those but his first preference is the B flat variety. Feel free to respond via private message.
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Re: WTB B flat Mellophone

Postby Stryk » Wed Feb 14, 2018 10:20 pm

I have a Conn Marching French Horn - not sure what key it is in. Kinda looks like a 16E, which would be F, but not sure. Will dig it out tomorrow and see for sure.
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Re: WTB B flat Mellophone

Postby pioanna » Thu Feb 15, 2018 4:06 pm

I see Baltimore Brass has a Bb mellophone on its horn listings.(Also newly added instruments list.) Decent price too. A Holton. Definitely worth a phone call. Good luck.
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Re: WTB B flat Mellophone

Postby The Big Ben » Thu Feb 15, 2018 4:18 pm

Marching baritones and euphoniums are in Bb.

Here's a history of the mellophone which goes into great detail of the history of the mellophone. The mellophone comes in the keys of Eb and F.

http://www.alsmiddlebrasspages.com/mellophone/

Here's a thread from TN about the trombonium- a 'marching trombone" which fits in-between the marching baritone/euphonium and the mellophone. It is pitched in the key of Bb

viewtopic.php?f=4&t=67491

Perhaps your friend is looking for a trombonium.
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Re: WTB B flat Mellophone

Postby DonShirer » Thu Feb 15, 2018 9:16 pm

Thanks for the replies so far...keep 'em coming.
       @Pioanna: Good tip on the Holton. Thx.
       @TheBigBen: I'm pretty sure he doesn't want a trombonium. My brother-in-law has one. I've played it and that's not the sound he's after.
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Re: WTB B flat Mellophone

Postby windshieldbug » Fri Feb 16, 2018 12:58 am

See if what he wants is a high Bb French Horn.
They’re around, the Bb side of a double Bb/F French Horn.
You’d have to play it with the left hand, but that’s not as hard as it sounds...
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Re: WTB B flat Mellophone

Postby DonShirer » Mon Feb 19, 2018 10:07 pm

Thanks for the comments. I have passed them on to the trumpeter for his decision.
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Re: WTB B flat Mellophone

Postby TheGoyWonder » Tue Feb 20, 2018 6:56 pm

There are marching Bb horns that are a real Bb french horn in mellophone configuration.
these can be played about as well as a real Bb french horn. they get a bad rep because they don't work so well when you actually march.
F mellophones are easier to play, but tricky intonation on most especially lower range. and while the tone can be pretty strong it doesn't really resemble the french horn.
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Re: WTB B flat Mellophone

Postby cheburashka » Wed Feb 21, 2018 11:26 pm

Which setup? Old-style "hand in the bell" or bell-front marching style?
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Re: WTB B flat Mellophone

Postby DonShirer » Mon Feb 26, 2018 5:49 pm

My friend received the Bb Mellophone from Baltimore Brass last Friday and had the time to get to know it over the weekend. "Unfortunately," he said, "the horn was under par. The low register was out of tune with itself and the middle register was compromised. It wouldn’t take a hard blow and the resistance would make it back up."
Too bad. It sure looks unique!
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