The "Wurzburg" flugelhorn is sold by eBayer John Reid (seller id: salliegooden).
I will share the positives and negatives below. I have found nothing on the internet about this brand. It says Wurzburg on the case and on the horn's bell. The seller advertises the flugelhorn as a German-designed instrument.
I received the cloth case, but the silver colored instrument. Probable explanation: I had ordered the instrument that goes with the case above, but asked (after winning the bid) if it were possible to get the instrument shown. Seller kindly complied, so I make the statement simply for clarification. Good customer service.Positives
The Wurzburg flugelhorn comes in an amazingly light cloth exterior case with a roomy external pocket. The inside of the case is hard foam (ergo, the feather weight) covered with nice plush material. The case has a deep slot for oil and a cloth and the instrument comes with both of these accessories in the slot. The case can accommodate one mouthpiece and comes with an unmarked generic mouthpiece characterized by a deep cup. The case does an adequate job of protecting the instrument. A shoulder strap is included. Velcro is used on a protective cloth grip for keeping handles together and on the cloth tab to protect the two zippers.
The flugelhorn I received was a "silver" colored one, probably nickel plated and has a thin wall: it is light in comparison with a silver-plated Bach trumpet I have. Though I had won a bid on a lacquered gold-colored flugel, I asked if it was possible to get the silver-colored one. I had hoped it would be OK because I'd seen either of them up for the same buy-it-now price. Happily, the seller was very willing to accommodate. This is eBay at its very best in terms of seller cooperation. The case was not the same case that goes with the "silver" one, but then again, I was only interested in the different plating.
Using the deep cup generic mouthpiece that came with it, the tone produced is very warm and fat. The deeper cup and and wider tubing require a little more air than for a medium bore trumpet. It is my understanding that flugelhorns have inherent minor intonation issues and this is the case with the Wurzburg. But the tuning issues are, in fact, minor and only require small adjustments on the second and third valve tuning slides. It takes a little getting used to. But it's mostly fun to play and is a beauty to behold. Normal buy-it-now price is $135. I won the bid (after months of trying to get a bargain) for $81.05. Really a good deal for the most part.Negatives
I'll start with the smaller concerns.
The Wurzburg case has one minor design flaw: the mouthpiece hole is placed so that the case of the lid does not fall on the mouthpiece rim to keep it still, so it rattles when the case is moved, as when placing it on its side from a flat position. The rattling around can mess up the finish on the mouthpiece. Also, throw away the lubricant. It's kerosene and the tiny bottle's nozzle was useless anyway.
The flugelhorn's finish required quite a bit of polishing to remove some minor blemishes and greasy handling prints, but they came out with some Tarn-X silver polish. It gleamed after treatment, but it takes a lot of work to keep from smudging and it appears to tarnish easily. Even with white gloves on.
Shipping and handling was $35.00. I think this is way too much. It should not have cost more than $15 to $20 max, even with insurance.
The valve action is unacceptable: pistons 1 and 2 come up annoyingly slowly or sometimes stick! :-( This, of course, is a major problem for any instrument that has piston-driven valve action for changing notes.Conclusion
I do not recommend the Wurzburg flugelhorn. The seller is honest, but evidently does not know flugelhorns or he would not sell them.
The valve casing is obviously not well machined and/or the pistons are not lapped precisely. Compression (pop sound) is mediocre.
I asked the seller for authorization to return the instrument. He had offered a full refund, and that was, in fact, how things turned out. He refunded the FULL price, including shipping! This, again, is a reflection of the seller's good, honest, intentions and his personal integrity. On a final note
(no pun intended), I spoke to a music store owner and he let me in on something I did not know about. Reputable music store owners put their instruments in the hands of their repair technician in order to check that it is up to standard. They know that shipping can impact the instrument, and they also know that mass produced instruments are not always checked properly, so they double check it, making any adjustments necessary. That goes to show one benefit of buying a new instrument in a store.