2017 Models now available with Top Sprung Valves 

and finished in 

24 Carat Gold Plate 


Bright Silver Plate


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Zoe Hancock 

from Black Dyke

“The intonation is the best that I have ever played, which I feel the other leading Flugels haven’t mastered yet”

from a review in The British Bandsman



Welcome to the Ray Farr Flugels Website


I’m Chris Waters, designer, player and a brass musician through-and-through. I studied and worked as a mechanical engineer and became Senior Acoustic Engineer at the world-famous Goodmans Loudspeakers (Havant) before successfully running the Band Instrument Company, Gabriels Horn House.

In 2010, armed with this background and wealth of experience, I started the Flugel re-design process on the basis the world didn’t need yet another good Flugel, it needed one that was revolutionary better, eradicating historic Flugel problems in the known areas of intonation, hard-blowing and projection.

Combining mine and Ray Farr's experience and expertise, after much consultation, from an instrument that has basically remained the same for 100 years, eventually our “Gem” was born and together we launched the Ray Farr Flugel, both being very satisfied with the final design which had been applauded by many musicians who tested it for us over the months.

Key design features are the specially designed conical flair and diameter of the Bell, the particular alloy used in the Bell's manufacture with its random mass plus options of a Bell with a Rim or a Rimless Bell design and finally its unique Bell Stayless construction. These very important features combine to produce this world class Flugel, which countless musicians from the four corners of the globe who've tried it and purchased, consider it to be the best Flugel they've ever played.

None of this is Rocket Science! It’s simply good old fashioned engineering and acoustic common sense, allowing the Bell to do what bells should do – ring without restraint! If you were to restrict a church bell it would sound far duller than when ringing free.

For Zoe Hancock from Black Dyke having tried the Flugel for several weeks to say in a British Bandsman article “The intonation is the best that I have ever played, which I feel the other leading Flugels haven’t mastered yet”, sums the instrument up, resulting in the success we’re having throughout the UK, Europe, the USA, Japan and being very much in demand in Norway.

The Ray Farr Flugel Horns are produced in Havant, Hampshire by me and a small team of engineers; we’re responsible for machining component parts, engraving, assembling, plating and detailed inspection at every stage. 

Plating options are 24 Carat Gold Plate, or Bright Silver Plate, with further options of having the main body and bell in one plate, contrasting the finger tops, valve tops/bottoms, slides and waterkeys with the opposite plate finish.

We manufacture to order and sell direct from the factory via this website. The lead-time to make a Flugel is currently about four weeks.

TECHNICAL (Designed in Imperial inches and thousandth's of an inch!)

Valves:- Top sprung Monel Valves honed to 0.0002” on diameter. 

Bore:- The diameter through the Valves is 0.430”.

Trigger:- A 3rd Valve Trigger is fitted as standard.

Bell:- Large diameter Bell and your choice of either with a Bell Rim or Rimless. The bore diameter and bell flair and end-diameter are inexorably linked to the Flugel’s exacting intonation in all registers and it’s impressive projection of sound. 

Mouthpipe Receiver:- We supply two Mouthpipe Receivers with different mouthpiece tapers enabling you to use any make of mouthpiece you like.

Waterkeys:- Main, 1st and 3rd lever Waterkeys fitted as standard.

Finishes:- Bright Silver Plate or 24 Carat Gold Plate with optional contrasting Finger Tops, Valve Tops/Bottoms, Slides and Waterkeys.

Case:- ProTec 301F Rigid Flugel Case with Trumpet/Cornet space and two Mouthpiece holders plus two zipped pouches for music and accessories.

Mouthpiece:- Not supplied; best to use your own as you know exactly how it performs.


Bright Silver Plate:-

Complete instrument in Bright Silver Plate or with the Finger Tops, Valve Tops/Bottoms, Slides and Waterkeys contrasted in 24 Carat Gold Plate  

RRP £2,450 

24 Carat Gold Plate:-

Complete instrument in 24 Carat Gold Plate or with the Finger Tops, Valve Tops/Bottoms, Slides and Waterkeys contrasted in Bright Silver Plate  

RRP £2,950 


Would you like to try one? 

As we all know, the only way to really appraise an instrument is of course to try it in the environment which the player is familiar – home, band practice and concerts/gigs and contests. To make an instant decision at a Trade Stand after ten or fifteen minutes does not offer enough playing time to appreciate any instrument.  

Given the major advances in ease of blowing, exacting intonation and sound projection of the Ray Farr Flugel, three weeks' approval gives you the opportunity to establish its' true potential in band/ensemble and solo playing and it's why we offer three weeks' approval throughout the world. 


How to try a Ray Farr Flugel on Three Weeks' Approval 

We sell direct from the factory worldwide, not through retailers. You simply e-mail or 'phone us to say you would like to try one and we build it to your specification of plating and Bell with or without a Bell Rim; your choice.

Once your instrument has been made, you pay a £700 deposit and we deliver the instrument to you so you can try it in all your playing environments for three weeks. If you like it, you then pay the balance and if not, simply return it to us for your £700 refund.  As an example, Douglas Berry of the New York Salvation Army Staff Band tried his Ray Farr Flugel this way and then purchased it.



Free delivery anywhere in the UK and throughout Europe is a big feature of our service, with just a £60 delivery cost for the rest of the World. We’ve delivered as far as Norway, Holland, Switzerland, the USA, Australia and Japan.


Thanks for visiting. If you’d like to try one, we'd be delighted to provide you with our fine service, worldwide. Or if you would like more information or to chat about the instruments, please do not hesitate to contact us; we’re here to help! If your call goes to messaging, we’ll call you back soonest.

Chris Waters

T: 07803 - 386550

E: [email protected]

Each Ray Farr Flugel comes with a 

ProTec 301F Flugel Case 

and two Mouthpiece Receivers 

so you can use any type of 

Flugel Mouthpiece