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Bugles for Performing and Collecting-Bugles for Use at Funerals, Ceremonies, and Civil War Events

M1892 Modern “Boy Scout” Bugle in G

These are the M1892 bugles on which all modern bugles are based. They are usually marked Regulation Bugle or with a manufacturer’s name. For many years these instruments were manufactured by King, C.G. Conn, Buescher, York, Holton, Ludwig, Millard, and Weymann. These horns are quite easy to find on internet auction sites and are still manufactured. A company called Buglecraft was making them for a long time and selling them under Rexcraft an Rex and US Regulation. Recently a company called Regulation Bugle started selling the M1892 pattern They can be found HERE I do not believe the instruments sold by this company are made in the US.

The bugles are in the key of G which is pitched lower than modern trumpets so it is easier to sound all the notes. The problem is that these horns are mostly of cheap construction and play rather poorly. The term US Regulation does not imply it was manufactured in the US. It simply means it is of the US regulation (the specification of 1892). Better quality ones were made during the 1930s or 40s by instrument companies like Conn, Wurlitzer, Holton or Ludwig.

Clairon in C or B Flat for Civil War Use

This is the most common type of bugle used in the Civil War. It is a big-belled instrument that is in the key of C but can be lowered to B flat with the use of a crook. There are good modern reproductions made by Amati and Andrew Naumann. There are also hundreds of French-made (Coueson) instruments that are period correct. The Amati andFrench-made models are in the key of B flat. They can be found on internet auction sites and at relic shows.

Good Civil War Reproductions are being sold by

Jan H. Berger
Bentingstraße 10
49477 Ibbenbüren
Fax 05451/896331
Email: j.h.berger@lederarsenal.com

M1894 Bugle in B Flat

This is the M1894 bugle in B flat, also referred to as a “Trench” bugle. These small WWI triple twist bugles can be found without much problem on internet auction sites and at antique or relics shows. They are identified by the writing on the bell which marks the manufacturer, specification number (Spec. 1152), and date of production. They have no tuning slides and the pitch is not consistent between horns.

British Duty Bugle in B Flat

This is a double twist bugle in B flat. They were introduced in England in 1855 but the model they are based on can be traced back to 1810. This is the model that all Civil War sutler (“Gunga Din”) bugles are based on . These horns were probably not used during the Civil War and there are no known pictures of a musician with one during that period.

“Gunga Din” Bugle in B Flat

This is the cheap Pakistan or Indian made instrument. Civil War sutlers sell them with a USA or CSA marking on them and also with crossed sabers and a “7” and “A.” There are no known photos of a Civil War bugler with one of these horns.

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40 Responses to “Bugles for Performing and Collecting-Bugles for Use at Funerals, Ceremonies, and Civil War Events”

  1. Tapsbugler says:

    A better built horn will improve your playing

  2. Matt says:

    I am a firefighter and member of our Honor Guard. I have a desire to show members due respect at funerals and also be available for veterans if needed.
    I purchased a scout bugle and have self taught. I feel like I have done fairly well on my own.. People at least know its taps.
    I do feel as if I have reached my limit as I don’t seem to be improving.
    Will purchasing a Kanstul make a big difference in ease of playing?
    I called a music shop and asked if they could give me lessons? They said to call the US Calvary!
    I am guessing you cant just go to a music store and try playing one. Willing to spend the money just want to feel like it will be worth it?

  3. Tapsbugler says:

    No, probably not

  4. Joihn Wary says:

    I have a Boobey & Co. makers 295 Regent Str London 60911 ENG 9 17th Str New York could the bugle hve been used in the civil War?

  5. William Kotrba says:

    I recently purchased a model 1892 bugle marked John C.Haynes ,Contract June 13, 1902 Made in France. While the marking does not conform to the typical Spec:1152 It certainly appears to be an early government contract type marking.Haynes appears to have been the importer,who held the contract with the government. There is so much to learn about military bugles. Could we Military Bugle collectors get together and discuss our collections publically?Thank you all for your time. Bill Kotrba

  6. Dale Richey says:

    You are correct about the U.S. Regulation Bugle ™ not being made in the U.S. I contacted them asking where it was manufactured and here is a quote from them.

    “The US Regulation Bugle(tm) is designed here in the United States and
    manufactured to our exacting specifications at our factory in China.”

    “Up until just a few years ago, the US Regulation Bugle(tm) was made
    right here in New York. Unfortunately, all of our skilled artisans
    retired and we could not find enough local craftspeople to replace

    This is helpful information for people who prefer to purchase a bugle that is manufactured in the United States.


  7. Tapsbugler says:

    Please send us an email to jari@tapsbugler.com

  8. Bill K. says:

    I just purchase a very old bugle with what appears to be a valve in the middle of the body in the center of the body 1/2 way down. there are no markings on the piece?? Any idea what it is or how old it might be?? Thank you

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