Symphonic Band Wind Symphony Brass Band First time flugelhorn owner, trumpet and cornet player since 1974. Owned this horn for a couple of months now. Always wanted a flugelhorn since 1976 and Chuck Mangione's Feels so Good. Finish and overall quality seems about right for 2016 and Taiwan. Intonation and sound feels average to slightly above average. Fairly free-blowing,but valve guides are extremely thin plastic (possibly nylon)...which would be fine if they were possibly a little thicker/robust. Valves seem nice/ok...until i had the third valve start to stick lately and can't get it to stop sticking. If I can get some metal valve guides, which I hear are available, and if that cures the sticking valve issue, then for the money paid I will be more than pleased with this purchase once again.