Ah, nice to see afficionados of the big Getzen 896S 4-valve square-bow. Got mine new in '86, rather serendipitously. I just wanted a flugel - didn't even care what brand. I was in college, swamped with work, hating the fact that I didn't have a flugel for solos in the two jazz ensembles I felt rather fortunate to have landed a spot in within my first year, and so the folks went and talked to my old teachers back home and somehow got redirected around to getting what was an odd beast for me at the time. Since then, I've come to love and prefer it over the whole 3-valve/smallbore flugel concept in general. They may be better at certain studio things and be quite wonderful instruments for small combos, but the big ol' Getzen is an easier-projecting leader when the whole section is in flugels, holds its own better in a LOUD 12pc cover band doing Tower of Power/Chicago/BST charts, and comes in right handy for French horn parts on Kenton charts, LOL
So I just played the Getzen 3C flugel mouthpiece it came with for years, and didn't think much about it. Then as a comeback player about six years ago, I got to thinking that many things must have improved in all this time, so I searched and researched and came up with the Marcinkiewicz 3FLD. It was like a whole other horn - suddenly all this amazing response! I love Marcinkiewicz rims anyway - my main trumpet mouthpiece is the E14 B. Shew #1. I really like as much contrast as I can get between trumpet and flugel so this deep cup is glorious and the notes just jump out of the horn, within the reasonable range of a flugel, anyway... My test for that is whether the high D still "feels so good" or not, LOL
But we're working up some real chop killers to be able to run 2 or 3 sets in a night, so since Terry Warburton had a huge sale a few weeks ago, I finally ponied up the ching for one of his - a 4FLM. This one is a bit brighter - the "M" denotes his "medium" flugel cup - but it slots a lot easier than the big deep cup for extended solos and/or those rare occasions over high D on a flugel. Taking it up to E and F, etc. above that is just no problem with it - which may well come in handy for a louder band and blown chops in the very near future.