Are the Phaeton Flugels the answer to NZ brass player’s prayers?

Posted: October 23, 2009 in Gadget Talk

I have to admit I don’t know the answer – but I do know that have the fun is in trying to work out the answer.

So in the spirit of experimentation I am in the process of having a Phaeton Flugel being sent down to NZ for people to give it a go and try it out for themselves.

In my opinion, some of the reasons a lot of people don’t own is a flugel is that 1) There’s a distinct lack of quality second hand models available and 2) If you do look to buy a quality instrument you will be looking to pay in excess of NZ$3000 for one.

This is where the Phaeton fits in.

We have a horn that was designed by a major designer (Wayne Tanabe – of Yamaha custom design fame) working together with a company to come up with something that still retains a sense of uniqueness and style about it.  You’d think with that kind of guy designing it you’d have a serious piece of equipment on your hands also.

Sure there are going to be plenty of people who are turned off by the contemporary look – but I’m betting there are equally going to be a lot of people who dig it also!


The price will also be an attractive price for the NZ player.  People have been telling me they are looking for options between NZ$1500 and $2000 – so here you have it!

These will retail for about NZ$1795 as a starting point. 

 (The Black Onyx Model and the Matt Silver models will of course be more)

The only question will be is it any good?

Normally I would test one myself – but that does sometimes  give a slightly bias opinion. This time round we will put it out to some players and see what they have to say about it – and then report back with some honest feedback.

For more information you can check out the PJLA Website and take a look at the options.

We can also supply trumpets should people wish to buy one of those – but for now will be concentrating on the Carol Brand in NZ.

Should you wish to trial the Phaeton drop us a note via the Trumpetgear website and we will see what we can do for you.

  1. Gavin Kemble says:

    Tried the Phaeton Flugel over night.
    Have to say that it is an ugly horn but it plays like a dream and the sound is fantastic.
    I have been looking for a flugel for over a year. I suspect that I have found the answer.

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