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The Meehaphone was a two-valved, mid-range bugle pitched in G.


"In '87, Jack Meehan had this brainstorm. He wanted to design an instrument that combined the "edge" of the French horn with the darkness of the flugelhorn. Jack and Ziggy Kanstul collaborated on the design of this instrument that was closely related to a descant horn. The one-piece construction only broke at the valve section. We called it the "Meehaphone"." - Wayne Downey

The instrument was used as the sole mid-range brass in the Blue Devils from 1987 to 1991 when it was superseded by the introduction of three-valve brass instruments to DCI competition.


An Interview with Wayne Downey