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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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