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Which Bugle to Buy??
#1 Frequently asked question - Which bugle should I buy for my Boy Scout learning to play. Answer: Our Centennial Bugle.

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If you want a basic instrument for a beginning player, scout or adult or a player looking for a compentent instrument at a great price, we recommend our Centennial Bugle. This is a "G" bugle. We have it in lacquer and Silver

If you want a fancier instrument as a gift, let's say for an Eagle Scout or just want a deluxe bugle, consider our Arlington Bugle, or perhaps the Tribute Bugle, but the Centennial Bugle will also serve you well. Both of these are "G" bugle. The Arlington is only available in lacquer.

If you want/require a US made instrument or a named brand instrument, then the Kanstul bugle will meet your needs. The Kanstul comes in Silver and Lacquer and there's a "G" bugle and a B-Flat bugle. A G bugle will be for the less experienced player or those of any skill level wanting the traditional bugle. In contrast, a B-flat is for the Advanced player who wants a brighter horn and/or one more in line with their B-flat trumpet. DO NOT BUY A B-FLAT BUGLE FOR A LOW/NO EXPERIENCE BRASS PLAYER.

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Key of the bugle - The key is the natural notes played by the bugle in terms on 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.  Our Tribute Bugle is made of Rose Brass which has a higher copper content than the usual yellow 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 and Lacquered.  Our Tribute and Arlington bugles are sold in lacquered only to allow for the beauty of the underlying metals to stand out. 

 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.  Most of our horns have a "traditional" spit valve with a lever with a spring which covers a hole in the tubing. When you press the lever you can clear condensation and spit from the horn. Our Tribute bugle has "Amado" style water keys, which are a metal to metal valve system. In theory less disruption if a nodal point lands on that location. (Yeah, that's what I've been told)

We often get e-mails, what about this or that bugle on ebay/  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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Our Signature Bugle

The Centennial G Bugle

Brand New in 2010 the Centennial G Bugle celebrates the Boy Scouts of America 100th Anniversary! This bugle is the first to have the name right on the bell. 

Specified by 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. 



For something extra special:

The Arlington Bugletm


An extra deluxe "G" bugle with a few special added features beyond our Centennial - Snazzy Chrome Tuning Slide Supports and a Hex Mouthpiece Receiver. $240 + $15 Shipping. Includes Case and Mouthpiece. Click here for more pictures and to order.



The Tributetm

Rose Brass Bell makes the difference


Our top of the line bugle takes the accoustical basics of our Centennial Bugle and ads features on top of features to make it a visual and playing delight. As with the Arlington bugle we've added chrome supports and a Hex mouthpiece. To that we added an improved case, Amado style water key to replace the traditional and the key componen: a copper rich Rose Brass Bell to create an even richer and more complex sound which will bring your performance to the next level. Great for gifts, something for the experienced player, or a special gift for yourself. The Tribute will be the bugle you hand down for generations. It includes case and mouthpiece for only $265 + $15 Shipping. Click Here for more information or to purchase.


The Kanstul Regulation Bugle 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 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 - tell them you heard about them from 


 TRUMPET Wiseman DTR-250.  A fantastic trumpet for the student player.  Don't be locked in to high rental fees and inflated purchase prices, for $350/$375 (Lacq/Silver) this horn were serve all the student's needs all the way through marching band.  Click here for more information.



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Don't see what you want?  We also make CUSTOM BUGLES (and offer Brass restoration).  Click Here for details.
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