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Classification Aerophone
Inventor(s) Art Farmer
Developed David Monette
Related instruments
Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Art Farmer, Mark Isham

The Flumpet is a hybrid brass horn instrument that shares the construction and timbre qualities of a Trumpet and Flugelhorn. Commonly found in Jazz Music, the Flumpet was invented by Art Farmer[1] and is currently in production by David Monette.[2] The Flumpet can be heard here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TpWzMqmbl4I


The Flumpet borrows the three piston valve design of both the Trumpet and Flugelhorn and shares the same instrument length of a trumpet. The curves on the end of the Flumpet have a resemblance to Shepherd's crooks. The Mouthpiece (brass) is deeply conical which tapers slightly, as opposed to the trumpet or flugelhorn mouthpiece which has an extreme taper to create a bowl shape. The sound of the Flumpet is described as thicker and richer than a flugelhorn and more mellow and rounded than that of a trumpet. During its creation, metal-worker David Monette wanted to produce an instrument that broke design barriers but ultimately maintained its usefulness.[3]

Notable flumpet players[edit]

Pop Culture[edit]

Made popular by the works of Art Farmer and The Art Farmer Septet, the flumpet can be heard on his record "Silk Road."[4]

The Flumps, a BBC children's show that aired in 1977, starred a character, Grandpa Flump, who played the Flumpet.[5]


  1. ^ (Obituary) (1999). "Flumpet Creator Succumbs". Jet – via EBSCOhost. 
  2. ^ "Flumpet II". Monette. 
  3. ^ Dawson, Gary (1998). "David Monette and Tami Dean: Harmonic Collaboration". Metalsmith. no. 3. 
  4. ^ Andrews, Laura (October 16, 1997). "Art Farmer's Silk Road - A Triumph of the Flumpet". New York Amsterdam News, Issue 42 – via EBSCOhost. 
  5. ^ Yates, David (1977). "The Flumps". 80's Cartoons. BBC. 

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