Chris Evans interviewing Chris Waters, the Ray Farr Flugel designer on the Chris Evans Breakfast Show 7th February 2018.


Try one on 2 Weeks' Approval just to see for yourself - anywhere in the World

(click on the "Order a Flugel on 2 Weeks'Approval" Link 

in the Menu above)

2018 Models now available with 

Top Sprung Valves and finished in 

Bright Silver Plate with 24 Carat Gold Trim


Ray Farr Signature Flugels are available 

on-line from this Website


or through our Midlands & 

East Coast Area Rep

ANDREW WARD  07947 - 643863

or our Northern Area & Scotland Rep

GORDON BELL  07970 - 458535

or Ray Farr (in Norway) for sales in Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Switzerland & Europe

0047 - 458 - 08 - 278


or BAND  SUPPLIES who offer 

Part Exchange and Finance (written details on request) 

Glasgow (0141 339 9400) & Leeds (0113 245 3097)

or the new 4BARSREST SHOP



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25% New Product Launch Discount 

through to 28th February 2017




To help create the best possible sounding Bell, the Ray Farr Signature Flugel Bell is Annealed to remove all the stresses and work-hardening that occurs during this very physical work, having been been hand-hammered and spun-formed on the mandrel. Here's how we do it . . . .

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Ray Farr Flugels have eighty-eight component parts and Every Part is Guaranteed for Three Years from the date of your instrument purchase. Also Guaranteed for Three Years is the high-quality Craftsmanship and Plating - very few manufacturers offer a Three Year Plating guarantee.

Zoe Hancock 

Black Dyke

from an Article in 


25th May 2013

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

Black Dyke’s flugel horn player, Zoe Hancock, took time out of her busy pre-European rehearsal schedule to test the new Ray Farr Signature Flugel, and discovered an instrument with terrific intonation . . . . . . . .

It’s always exciting when a new flugel horn comes on the market. I first heard about the Ray Farr Signature Flugel when I was in America doing some guest soloist work in October. Unfortunately, I couldn’t answer any questions about the instrument because, at the time, I hadn’t seen or played it. I’ve had the instrument for three weeks now and have thoroughly enjoyed having a blow on this unique, redesigned flugel.


Flugel horns are probably the hardest instrument to get in tune, but I was very impressed by the intonation of this instrument, right from the bottom through to the top register.


In a brass band, the flugel horn is part of the horn section and it either doubles up with the solo horn, or is heard as the highest voice. Therefore, the tone of the flugel should be mellow and rich to match with the middle of the band. The Ray Farr Signature Flugel does have a good tone, especially in the lower and middle registers. Also, you can hear all the clarity coming through when double and triple tonguing or playing technical passages, unlike other flugels where sometimes it can get lost. It is remarkably free-blowing in the middle and lower registers.


The designer, Chris Waters, has changed the design of the instrument. The valve case is now the same side of the bell as a cornet.  The size of the bell is a lot larger than most flugel horns, which is great for amplifying the sound, and the valves are great too, really slick and fast.  The instrument is also Bell Stayless - a strong tapered ferrule enabling both ends of the main bow and bell to butt totally, proving the strongest of joints that enables forceful mute twisting insertion / withdrawal.


A very good instrument and a design.  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




Lazer Engraving & CNC Machining

Each instrument is Lazer Engraved and if you wanted any personal engraving added, we'll happily do that for you free of charge

Welcome to the Ray Farr Flugels Website

Key design features are the specially designed Conical Flair and Diameter of the Bell, the unique Copper and Zinc alloy used in the Bell's manufacture with its Random Mass plus options of a Bell with a Rim or a Rimless Bell and finally its unique Minimal Bell-stay 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.

Zoe Hancock from Black Dyke having tried the Flugel for several weeks said 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” and 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.

Ray Farr Flugel Horns are produced in Havant and Aldershot, Hampshire by Chris Waters (Designer and Lead Engineer) plus a small team of specialist engineers.  We’re responsible for component part making, machining, engraving, assembling, electro-plating, lacquering and detailed engineering and acoustic inspection at every stage. 

Finish options are Bright Silver Plate throughout, Bright Silver Plate with 24 Carat Gold Plated Trim on Valve Tops & Bottoms, Slides, Finger Tops, Waterkeys, 3rd Valve Trigger Assembly and Shanks or in a High Quality Two-part Epoxy Lacquer.

We manufacture and sell Direct via this Website, or you can obtain one through the Shops and Local Agents listed below. 

The lead-time to make a Flugel is currently about four weeks.


(Designed and made 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”.

Bell:- Large diameter Bell and your choice of either with a Bell Rim or Rimless. The Bore Diameter, Bell Flair and End-diameter are inexorably linked to the Flugel’s exacting intonation in all registers and it’s impressive projection of sound. 

Trigger:- An adjustable 3rd Valve Trigger is fitted as standard.

Mouthpiece Shanks:- We supply two different Mouthpiece Shanks with Large (USA & Japanese) and Medium (UK) mouthpiece tapers, enabling you to use any make of mouthpiece you like.

3rd Valve Heavy Bottom Cap:- Fitted as standard.

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

Three Optional Finishes:-  Bright Silver Plate throughout, Bright Silver Plate with 24 Carat Gold Plated Trim on Valve Tops & Bottoms, Slides, Finger Tops, Waterkeys, 3rd Valve Trigger Assembly and Shanks or in a High Quality Two-part Epoxy Lacquer.

Sound:- There is no difference in sound quality between Silver plate or Lacquer, it's purely a personal choice as to the finish you like. 

Case:- ProTec 301F Rigid Flugel Case with a separate Trumpet/Cornet compartment, space for four Mouthpieces plus two external zipped pouches for music and accessories. Side and top Handles plus a Shoulder Strap. The Case is the correct size for cabin baggage on all airlines and can be taken on-board.

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

Options:- Lyre Box.


Ray Farr Flugels have eighty-eight component parts and every part is guaranteed for Three Years from the date of your instrument purchase. 

Also guaranteed for Three Years is the high-quality Craftsmanship and Plating - very few manufacturers offer a Three Year Plating and Lacquer guarantee.

All component parts are stocked at the workshop in quantity so if ever your Ray Farr Flugel is accidentally damaged, we can repair it and fit replacement parts within five working days of receiving your instrument.


Bright Silver Plate Throughout:-

Complete Body and Bell  in Bright Silver Plate

RRP £2,790

30% 2018 Contest Season Discount £1,953

Bright Silver Plate with 24 Carat Gold Plated Trim:- 

Complete Body in Bright Silver Plate with 24 Carat Gold Plated Slides & Waterkeys, Shanks, Finger Tops, Valve Tops & Bottoms and 3rd Valve Trigger

RRP £2,790

30% 2018 Contest Season Discount £1,953

Lacquer Throughout:-

Complete Instrument in Two-part Epoxy Lacquer  

RRP £2,695

30% 2018 Contest Season Discount £1,886


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 allow enough playing time to appreciate any instrument properly. 


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


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

Simply e-mail or 'phone to say you would like to try one and we build it to your specification of plating, or go to the "Order a Flugel on 2 Weeks' Approval" Link at to top or bottom of the page and book there.

You pay a £700 deposit and we personally deliver the instrument to you so you can try it in all your playing environments for two weeks. If you like it, you then pay the balance and if not, simply return the instrument and we refund your £700 deposit. 


As an example, Douglas Berry of the New York Salvation Army Staff Band tried his Ray Farr Flugel this way and then purchased it.

But if you'd prefer to buy outright, you can order a Ray Farr Signature Flugel on this website



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 throughout the UK, to Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Holland, Switzerland and as far as the USA, Australia and Japan.


Thanks for visiting. If you’d like to try a Ray Farr Flugel, we'd be delighted to provide you with our fine service, worldwide. 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 (Designer & Lead Engineer)


Chris Waters

T: 07803 - 386550 (Southern Area Coast-to-coast, Wales, North America, Australia, New Zealand, Japan & China)

E: [email protected]


Ray Farr in Norway (Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and Europe throughout) 

T: 0047 - 458 - 08 - 278


Gordon Bell (Northern Area and Scotland Rep)

T: 07970 - 458535

E: [email protected]


Andrew Ward (Midlands and East Coast Area Rep)

T: 07947 - 643863


Band Supplies (Glasgow)

T: 0141 - 339 - 9400

E: [email protected]


Band Supplies (Leeds)

T: 0113 - 245 - 3097

E: [email protected] 



Each Ray Farr Signature Flugel comes with a very protective ProTec 301F Flugel Case, which is the international standard acceptable size for taking on-board 

an aircraft as cabin baggage

so you don't have to put it in 

the hold and risk damage.

There is also a Trumpet or Cornet space in the Case, plus optional straps so it can be carried on your back.

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