Austin Custom Brass "Doubler's" Flugelhorn in RED Brass
Our most recent shipment is in the US but held up in Customs. We are working round the clock with Customs to get this batch released (and with our supplier to find better ways to get the horns to us). We do suggest to reserve a horn as this batch is mostly sold out and will sell quickly. All pre-orders up to this date will be shipped as soon as we have the horns (and have finished play-testing).
Please call or email us if you have any additional questions.
Up for sale is an exciting line of budget-friendly custom instruments designed for doubling. This flugel possesses a red brass bell in 5.95 inches and a .433 bore. The slightly smaller bell and slightly larger bore make these horns easy to switch to from your trumpet or cornet work. Once I receive this instrument I perform a few custom alterations including a precision valve alignment, custom spring adjustment, new leadpipe, extensive play-testing and more before we ship out to you.
This is the best value horn you can find! The horn comes with a nice Pro-Tec style gig bag and generic, non-ACB manufactured mouthpiece (equivalent to a 3C diameter with a standard flugelhorn depth).
Please note international shipping will be an additional fee (usually $40-50 extra depending on the country for priority transit). Contact us via email prior to ordering)
Below is a video of the ACB Doubler's Flugel.
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I've been playing a considerably more expensive, lower quality copy of the same horn the ACB Flugel is based on for a few years now. I just completed 2 gigs last weekend and I can say without a doubt, this is one fine horn. Forget about comparing this to copies, for me it produces much better, richer, smokier tone than the original, especially in the upper register. I wouldn't even play my old knock-off above the staff - it just sounded shrill and thin. The original horn was notably better in the upper register - on the few occasions I played one. This ACB Flugel is better still. As this was my first outing with the ACB Flugel, slotting was different so I need to adjust to it. It has some resistance - I think that's what accounts for the richer tone - but it's not one bit stuffy. It's also substantially heavier than others I've used, again I believe the tone benefits from that as well. On a less musical level, the fit and finish are outstanding. It's a gorgeous horn. Everything worked (I just oiled the valves and played the gigs). The intonation is excellent. I found I rarely needed the 3rd valve tuning slide. I can't wait to play it again. I'll be dumping my old horn on ebay before the rest of the world finds out about the ACB Flugel and renders it worthless). Great horn, great value, worth the wait. Jim Graczyk Salisbury Swing Band
Great horn! Great Price!
One of the better flugels on the market right now. Comparing to instruments 2, 3, even 4 times the price, it responds just as well and has that classic flugel sound in every register.
Great Flugelhorn for the money!
I purchased the ACB Doubler for my wife. We both play in a Swing Band and use our flugelhorns to play duets. She upgraded from a student model and she now matches much closer to my Yamaha Rose Brass 631 with de-lacquered bell. (For a much lower price!) She plays primarily in the low range and the deep dark sound matches her Mezzo Soprano singing voice. (She started playing brass instruments when she lost her singing voice due to surgery) I'm hoping the 1st. Trumpet in our swing band likes it and we can match up better when we all play together. (This horn sounds better then his Jupiter - Don't tell him I said that!) If he does, I'll send him your way. Thanks for making my wife's Christmas a memorable one.
Gorgeous sound, effortless playing
Trent and the team put some magic into this horn. From the moment I picked it up, it felt like it was "built for me". Great intonation and keeps that intonation over a long period of time. Airflow is unimpeded and yet "flugel-like", meaning that I can blow at trumpet strength and get great volume without tone variability. Tone is dark, rich, chocolatey. Valves are fast but precise, and note spacing is perfect. Results in a horn I love to play MORE than my trumpets (maybe I need an ACB trumpet)?
Beautiful horn - outstanding service!
I ordered the ACB Doubler's Flugel with Red Brass Bell for my high school son's 17th birthday after reading so many good reviews of both ACB and the horn on different horn message boards. I called ACB and spoke with Josh, who was exceedingly helpful in explaining what made this Flugel special. I gave my son the option of buying a cheaper horn he found online or buying this one and he chose the ACB. After about a month of practicing with it, he has no regrets and really likes the Flugel. Beautiful instrument, good value, and great service!
I've now had this horn for three years, and enjoy it more than the other four flugels I've previously owned. I played it this past Christmas Eveat church and received many compliments on the sound as well as its looks. You will not find any horn in this price range that is this nice!
Wayyyyy too much horn for the price
This horn has exceeded my expectations. The amount of playability and great feel this horn has. You should hop on this horn while the prices are still low. Greatest horn under $1000 you can buy.
The sound I need
This horn provides the great, resonant, haunting, dark sound that a french horn in the upper or middle registers can have (or an expensive commercial trumpet with an equally expensive mouthpiece) but has the quick, responsive valve action of the commercial trumpet. (Note: it is a flugelhorn so it favors the trumpet over the french horn embouchure.) As other people have said, this horn sounds and plays like a much more expensive instrument. I believe Trent Austin has established a new historical benchmark in musical instruments.