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The bugle horn is one of the most basic of brass instruments available, but don’t let its basic design cause you to undervalue it. The bugle is an important instrument that is beloved and embraced by musicians all over the world. The bugle’s origin can be traced back to the time of the Romans when it was used during hunting. The belief was that the bugle created a sound similar to that of the human voice, but carried over far greater distances. Today, the bugle has found a popular home amongst the military and the Boy Scouts. You’ve probably heard of the “bugle call” which is a popular method of indicating the time for different routines around camp. The defining characteristic of the bugle is that it is a brass instrument without valves or other pitch altering devices. Instead, the pitch is controlled completely through embouchure, which is the use of facial muscles and shaping of the lips to produce sound. Because of this, the bugle scale only consists of five notes, though in the hands of a talented player you’d hardly know it. Though the instrument is relatively basic, there are still several things to look at when purchasing a bugle. First and foremost you’ll want to be aware of which key you want your bugle set in. For example, most bugles come in the key of B flat, but some offer different keys. If you want a bugle that allows for changes in key you should check out the ABG 223 G/F Bugle from Amati. This bugle includes a tuning slide that allows the pitch to be changed from G to F, opening up the opportunity for additional sounds. Beyond the key, bugles come in a variety of shapes. If you’re looking for a special hunting horn that exudes a sense of tradition, you’re sure to appreciate the Amati ABG 211K Bb Hunting Horn. On the other hand, if you’re a purist, you may prefer the M2003E American Heritage Elite Series Bb Field Trumpet from Getzen. Both are viable options depending on your needs. Regardless of your preferred style, there is a bugle available that is perfect for you. From its humble beginnings to its current role as a traditional military and Boy Scout instrument, the bugle continues to captivate musicians with its distinct style and tone.
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