I have owned this horn for 5 year and it has the sweetest tone. U use it for jazz songs, accompanying vocalists or to solo. It is simply the finest horn I have ever owned-and I am a trumpet player but I can not put it down...the sound is etheric, warm, and simply amazing for a horn that is not hand made. Yamaha trumpets are good, I have a Bergeron LA Yamaha trumpet but I prefer my Schilke, have not played a lot of Flugel horns but I can say that I have never wanted any other....while on trumpet I am always thinking a certain horn might make me play better-i cannot play better than on this. It is so easy to play, my lip never tires of the Schilke 11f4 mouth piece that comes standard with it....it does dent easily so be careful with the bell. And I have had the lead pipe extender also bend so handle with care-it is not a Schilke wrt thickness of metal but the tone is amazing...think i may have said that..