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They might not be the most popular brass instrument, but the mellophone's easy playability and loud volume makes them an essential ingredient to the sound of marching bands across the country. In fact, the mellophone is used quite often in place of French horns in bugle corps since they have a very comparable voice. In terms of how it plays, the mellophone is actually more like a trumpet: both instruments contain 3 valves, are held similarly and have similar fingering. Unlike a trumpet, however, the mellophone is in the key of F or Eb, which is why it's considered to be a mid-voiced instrument.
While your own tastes from a visual standpoint will be a deciding factor when it comes to choosing a mellophone, you should still read up on each model to get a better idea of how it will play and sound. For example, the King 1121 Ultimate Series Marching F Mellophone offers top-notch projection and tone from a .468" bore. Featuring exact intonation adjustment, this mellophone also features a 1st valve saddle with a spring loaded turn, and its angled leadpipe lets you get the sound easily to the press box.
Or, if you're after a model that's balanced, lightweight and amazingly loud, the Adams MM1 Series Marching F Mellophone is just the answer. Sporting a 10" bell and stainless steel pistons for quick response, this beautifully-crafted mellophone weighs in at only 3.3 lbs. The front-facing MM1 also comes with a solidly-built case to ensure it's well-guarded when you're not performing with it.
If you or someone you know is thinking about taking up the mellophone, you've definitely come to the right section to get started. After all, only the top names in brass instruments are offered, including Jupiter, King, Adams, Amati and many others. No doubt, whatever mellophone you choose from this catalog, the results will be sure to blow you away.