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Allora AAFG-103F Series Bb Flugelhorn 

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Wonderful, mellifluous flugelhorn.

The Allora AAFG-103F Series Bb Flugelhorn offers a rich full sound and great intonation. This AAFG-103F Series features vertical valve slides with a 3rd valve slide trigger and a Rose brass bell for a warm, rich sound. The Allora AAFG-103F Series Bb Flugelhorn includes a case and mouthpiece and is available in lacquer (AAFG-103F) finish. It has a sweet, dark tone and plays beautifully. Flugelhorns in general not being a student instrument at all, this design is aimed at the discriminating player who isn't motivated to invest the two thousand dollars or more that a professional level flugelhorn typically costs.

To merit the Allora name, an instrument must first meet exacting standards for intonation, comfort and mechanical reliability. The end result is an instrument that not only sounds beautiful but can withstand the rigors of those first few band years.

FEATURES
  • Key: Bb
  • Bore: .459-inch
  • Leadpipe: Standard
  • Leadpipe Material: Yellow Brass
  • Bell: 6-inch
  • Bell Material: Rose Brass
  • Valves: Nickel Piston (3)
  • 1st Valve Slide Adjustment: N/A
  • 3rd Valve Slide Adjustment: Trigger
  • Features: Vertical Valve Slides; Rose Brass Bell
  • Case: Yes
  • Mouthpiece: Yes
  • Finish: Lacquer
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4.7

(based on 17 reviews)

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    (3)

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    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Inexpensive alternative

Picked up this horn to do 4-5 tunes a night. For the price it is a great value. Plays in tune, nice sound and valves are fine. Nice round sound. Would...Read complete review

Picked up this horn to do 4-5 tunes a night. For the price it is a great value. Plays in tune, nice sound and valves are fine. Nice round sound. Would recommend to any pro looking to play a few small group tunes or for the occasional big band gig.

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Good student horn.

As a come back trumpeter after many years of lay off, I bought this on sale after I was very favourably impressed with the AATR-125 trumpet. This horn is a good student...Read complete review

As a come back trumpeter after many years of lay off, I bought this on sale after I was very favourably impressed with the AATR-125 trumpet. This horn is a good student horn, but I don't think the valves are of the same quality as the intermediate trumpet. It gets a good tone and good intonation with a Blessing 3FL mouthpiece. The valves are a little sluggish and noisy, 2nd valve is sometimes especially clanky so I fiddle with it to make it a little quieter, but for the sale price, it is acceptable to me to practice occasionally while trumpet is my main instrument.

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3.0

Good student horn.

By 

from Houston, Texas

As a come back trumpeter after many years of lay off, I bought this on sale after I was very favourably impressed with the AATR-125 trumpet. This horn is a good student horn, but I don't think the valves are of the same quality as the intermediate trumpet. It gets a good tone and good intonation with a Blessing 3FL mouthpiece. The valves are a little sluggish and noisy, 2nd valve is sometimes especially clanky so I fiddle with it to make it a little quieter, but for the sale price, it is acceptable to me to practice occasionally while trumpet is my main instrument.

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5.0

Great Student or Semi-pro Horn

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from Illinois

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Beautiful Tone
  • Great Finish
  • Great Price
  • Plays In Tune

Cons

  • No Parts Available

Best Uses

    Several years ago we bought a Barrington flugel for my wife. It is just like the Allora in every respect except the valve guides are a different design. We bought the Allora because the Barrington valve guides wore down, allowing the valves to rotate in the sleeves, and we couldn't find replacement valve guides anywhere. WWBW needs to contact the manufacturer to get replacement valve guides to have on hand. It is sad to have a beautiful instrument that is unusable due to a worn plastic part. We are going to try to make our won replacement valve guides with a 3-D printer at a local college. Otherwise, it is a great student or semi-pro horn.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    5.0

    I'm really glad I bought this horn

    By 

    from Tennessee

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Excellent Value
    • Nice Tone

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Occasional Flugel Player
      • Student

      I have always wanted a flugelhorn but had no place to play one until recently, and then only occasionally. I couldn't justify spending a thousand dollars or more for the flugel, but I had been considering the Allora AAFG-103F Series Bb Flugelhorn for some time. When WWBW temporarily dropped the price for a pre-Christmas sale, I couldn't resist any longer.

      I have experience with another Allora horn, so I unpacked the flugel it as soon as it was delivered and blew a few notes. As expected, the valves were smoother than ice skates on concrete, but not by much. Within two hours of unpacking it I had disassembled the horn, cleaned it thoroughly, and reassembled it with quality synthetic lubes on the valves and slides. I now have a smoothly functioning horn with great valve action.

      The mouthpiece that comes with the horn is decent, but not my preference, so I put a DW 4FL in the receiver and started playing. I was amazed at this horn's intonation and slotting ability, especially considering how little it costs. Now that I've played it with a small brass ensemble a couple of times, I find it easy to blend in when the flugel is called for. My preference is for a dark tone and this horn and mouthpiece combination gives it to me.

      The two negatives I give this horn are minor. First, its case is not much more than good packing for shipping or storage. Other than a place for one mouthpiece, there is no room for accessories. I can't even put the horn in the case with a K&M stand in the bell. I already have my eye on a Protec triple case for a trumpet, cornet, and flugelhorn when my WWBW reward points kick in, so I don't intend to use the case for very long. Second, the lacquer finish has a couple of minor flaws that I can feel when I run a finger over them, but are not visible unless I really look closely. If this was a three thousand dollar horn, I might get fussy about it.

      If, like me, you don't play a flugel every day or even every gig, then this is a five-star horn for the money.

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      • No
       
      4.0

      A nice horn for the price

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      from Toronto, ON

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Great Price Point
      • Nice Tone
      • Seems To Be Well-made

      Cons

      • Cheap Case
      • Mouthpiece Is Useless

      Best Uses

      • For Entry Level Players

      I bought this for myself since I don't play flugelhorn a lot and didn't wish to spend a lot. The Allora is a lot of horn for the money. I've played far worse at twice the price. Ditch the supplied mouthpiece right away. It's not good (very stuffy). The supplied case reflects the price -- and that's not a bad thing. I'd rather have more horn than a great case and less horn. If you're going to gig a lot with it, buy a better case and you'll be good to go. To say the least, I was pleasantly surprised and am happy with my purchase. Sales help was great, by the way.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Flugelhorn

      By 

      from PA

      Verified Buyer

      So far,so good. Didn't want to spend a lot of money on an occasional use horn. This should serve my needs.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      GOOD BUY

      By 

      from Olympia, WA

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attractive Finish
      • Great Sound

      Cons

      • Non

      Best Uses

      • With A Small Group

      I use in a small group playing Oldies but Goodies, performing for various groups.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Beautiful Instrument!

      By 

      from Orlando, FL

      I purchased this as a gift for my son, who plays the trumpet. We are very pleased with the look and sound and couldn't be happier. I would definitely recommend this flugelhorn for shoppers like me who need to keep the cost down, but yet want to purchase a nice instrument.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes

      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      More than I expected

      By 

      from Fairview, TX

      Site Member

      I purchased the Allora because I'm a Horn player who is branching out into jazz with the Flugelhorn. So, it's not my primary instrument and I couldn't justify paying $1,500+ for a Flugelhorn. However, I am extremely surprised at the quality of the Allora. The tone is warm and smooth, as you'd expect from a flugelhorn, and it almost rivals the tone I got on a Bach I was borrowing. The valves are a little rough out of the box but after several oilings and a few hours of playing, they have loosened up to be very quiet and smooth. They might not be quite as fast as a professional horn, but they are more than fast enough for all but the best players. The horn itself is beautiful, with the tri-tone lacquer; I get lots of compliements on the look of the horn. The third valve tuning trigger works well and I'm surprised to see this on a horn of this price. The moutipiece is what I'd consider average; I'd suggest getting a 4FL or other mouthpiece that has a deeper cup for a warmer tone that you want out of a flugelhorn. The case is cheap and you'll want to replace it or get a gig bag. As as package, I'm blown away by the quality, tone and look of this horn. It is more than sufficient for the needs of all but the most demanding players and I think it's an incredible horn for the price.

      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great horn for the price

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      from Saratoga Springs

      Site Member

      I found the horn to be very well finished and constructed and I have only a few issues with it. The case is OK and I have no complaints about it (use a gig bag anyway), but the case is nonetheless pretty cheap. But you don't play the case, just the horn. The valves were good out of the box. The included mouthpiece is useless, IMO. I used a Curry and the horn sings. The only note I had trouble with was the high E on the staff, but that may be a case of valve alignment and will have it checked out. In summary, you would be hard pressed to get a flugelhorn of this quality for such a reasonable price...Love the sound!

      (12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      WOW WHAT A SHOCK

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      from maineville oh

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      I have been playing for 61 years and have always played on pro horns. I currently own bach, kanstul, selmer. Just recently sold my flugel and starting looking for a replacement. Having a big investment in my horn collection i thought I would try the Allora. WOW WHAT A SHOCK. Not only is the fit and finish first class but it has the sound of my previously sold pro flugel horn. I was a little worried about the valves not being monel, but no problem they work smooth. The sound dark and warm and slots well in all registers. Everyone who needs a flugel should get one.

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