Which Bugle to Buy??
In stock ready for shipping: Kanstul, US Regulation AND our own Scoutbugle.com Centennial Bugle.
From Left to Right is a Kanstul Regulation Field Bugle, An Amati 223, A Scoutbugle.com Centennial G Bugle, A Jupiter Brigadier Bugle, and a Getzen Field Trumpet (B-Flat). Mouthpieces are not necessarily the ones that come with. Click for very detailed pictures.
Key of the bugle - The key is the natural notes played by the bugle in terms of the piano scale. The traditional boy scout bugle is in G/F (the key changes by pulling out the slide). A trumpet is usually in B-flat. Thus the G bugle plays 1 1/2 steps (a note and 1/2) lower then a trumpet. The advantage being the lower notes are a bit easier to play for the beginning student. Otherwise, I'm not sure WHY the bugle is in this key, tradition, or some other reason that appears long lost. One thing to be careful with all this is that sometimes you'll see a bugle in "B-Flat" but it's a whole octave below the standard bugle (the length of tubing of a trombone). While you might have a specialized need for such an instrument it's probably not what you would want for funerals, memorials, boy scout signaling or the other purposes folks on this website usually want to accomplish. We stock the Kanstul Bugle in both G and B-flat, all our other bugles are G or G/F.
Bugle Material - All these bugles are made of brass. You might from time to time find a bugle made of copper or have a copper bell, but in general they're brass. There are different "flavors" of brass.
Bugle Finish - Bugles normally come in a lacquered finish or a silver (or nickel silver) finish, though sometime in "raw brass." Lacquered bugles maintain a shine but need to be kept clean. If the lacquered wears off you'll want to polish the exposed area. Silver plating is more expensive, but stays shiny longer and takes a shine. We stock our Centennial bugle and the Kanstul Bugle in Silver. The US Regulation Bugle is available in Nickel Silver. All other bugles except that Kanstul we stock in lacquer.
Here's some examples and variations of what might be called the "Traditional Boy Scout Bugle" the 1892 bugle (when the Army Specified this style), a Field Trumpet, or the trademarked US Regulation Bugle. The difficulty buying these on line is that it's hard to figure out the key and playability. These bugles below are roughly 15 3/4" without the mouthpiece and about 17 1/2" with the mouthpiece. The Bells are from about 4 1/2 inches to less then 5 inches. This style is specified in G/F but as you see below variations of B flat, G, F and by having a LONG tuning Slide G/F. Often with these bugles, you lose sound quality as you pull out the G/F slide so for practical purposes, it's probably best just to play them in G.
To add to your confusion about "keys" (If late at night I'd skip this paragraph): The piano is in the key of "C". There are a lot of trumpets in the key of "C" but in the US that would be 99% of the time played by a professional or college level orchestra player. The most likely trumpet, cornet, or flugelhorn you'll find out there will be in the Key of B-flat, or one STEP lower pitched then the "C" trumpet. A step is the distance between white keys when there is a black key in the middle. When a B-flat trumpet player sees and plays a "C", to the piano player he's playing a B-flat. The often recommend key for playing "TAPS" is the the key of G (same as a trumpet if you add the tubing of the 1st and 2nd valve), followed by B-flat and then sometimes F (same as a trumpet but adding the tubing involved in valves 1 and 3 on the trumpet. I know, you need to shake your head a few times to figure this out.
Some horns have "spit valves" installed either on the first forward bend or on both forward bends.
From Left to Right is a Kanstul Regulation Field Bugle, An Amati 223, A Scoutbugle.com Centennialtm G Bugle, A Jupiter Brigadier 600AB Bugle, and a Getzen Field Trumpet (B-Flat with G Slide shown). Mouthpieces are not necessarily the ones that come with the instrument. NOTE: ALL THESE BUGLES ACCEPT TRUMPET MOUTHPIECES. Click for very detailed pictures.
We often get e-mails, what about this or that bugle on ebay/Amazon.com/etc. Needless to say most are "no name" for a reason. But don't believe us, here's an exchange between us and a customer. He even decided to make a youtube video about the experience.
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The ScoutBugle.com Centennial G Bugle
Specified by Scoutbugle.com to meet requirements of ease of play, tone quality, intonation, and construction quality and still be available for an economical price. While maintaining some of the flavor of the traditional 1892 model bugle and the traditional Boy Scout bugle, we elected to take advantage of 118 additional years of brass instrument manufacturer along with an ISO 9000 qualified factory to deliver the best of modern day product. The designer has worked for such brass powerhouses as Conn-Selmer and Schilke. The Centennial bugle uses a trumpet mouthpiece, so replacements are as close as your local music store (or here). Prices starting at $169(bugle and mouthpiece) to $234 (Silver Bugle, MP, and Case). Click here for more information and pictures.
It's offered with a lightweight solid case for long term protection.
Direct lineage with the "traditional" Rexcraft Boy Scout bugle, the US Regulation Bugles offers a fine introduction to bugling for the young scout. Designed with attention paid to tradition and intonation (the ability to play in tune with itself). Cost savings are achieved by maintaining a utilitarian design. Available in both lacquer and silver nickel. Note that while the mouthpiece looks like a standard trumpet mouthpiece, it does have a special shank so do not plan to use your standard trumpet mouthpiece with this horn. Priced $148 for lacquered bugle alone to $208 in Nickel-Silver with Case - CLICK HERE TO ORDER!
The Kanstul Regulation Ceremonial Bugle
ScoutBugle.com is proud to announce that you can order ready to ship US MADE Kanstul bugles directly from us. Click here for more details.
The Regulation Ceremonial Bugle is made to Kanstul Professional Brass Instrument standards and is priced extremely competitively. While custom made to really any specification desired, we're stocking the most popular configuration in both G and B-flat packaged with mouthpiece and Case for one great low price. Click Here.
Kanstul is a US manufacturer of brass instruments since the early 80's. Zig Kanstul the Owner/Founder has been making brass instruments for years before that and is considered one of (if not THE) most knowledgeable person in making brass instruments. For information now see www.kanstul.com - tell them you heard about them from Scoutbugle.com.
The Getzen Field Trumpet
Getzen stepped up to the plate with a bugle aimed to assist in the Bugles Across America effort with this very fine horn, the Getzen Field Trumpet. Solid build and high quality along with excellent packaging makes this one of the premier horns for this purpose. Comes in several options and versions. Price is a bit steep when compared to the Brigadier bugle.
Getzen is a long time Wisconsin based manufacturer of brass instruments. Their student trumpets are simply the best most durable student horns currently being produced (in our humble opinion). If you find a good shape Getzen 300 trumpet, there's a good chance you have a horn that will last through the student's high school career and beyond. This horn is available through Woodwind and Brasswind (Click on Logo below and search for Getzen Bugle). They also have music supplies, etc so you might want to take a look at their site.
While a mouthpiece is included, the one in the horn is a stand in for the picture.
Contact your Getzen Dealer or www.getzen.com Tell them you heard about them from Scoutbugle.com
TRUMPET Wiseman DTR-200. A fantastic trumpet for the student player. Don't be locked in to high rental fees and inflated purchase prices, for $299 this horn were serve all the student's needs all the way through marching band. Click here for more information.
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