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#beginquote# I have never heard of a "Malaphone." Perhaps you are thinking of the
? This instrument is sometimes described as a "Marching French Horn," which is pretty accurate. It is pitched in the key of F like the Horn, but is shaped and held basically the same as a trumpet. Most mellophones have a very large flaring bell, much more like a Horn than a trumpet. They have piston valves, rather than the customary rotary valves on the Horn. The advantage of using a Mellophone for marching band is that it allows Horn players to play "bell front" or toward the audience rather than pointing toward the backfield as a Horn would. #endquote#
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