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Re: Looking for a Flugelhorn to borrow
A cornet with a typical mouthpiece sounds virtually identical to a trumpet. You're not going to get a significantly darker or more mellow sound unless you use an actual, authentic cornet mouthpiece - which has an entire different set of issues and pitch/response tendencies a high school player may not be experienced with.
You can use a trumpet mouthpiece in a flugel and get what Skipper is after.
To that end - OP, have you contacted some of your local colleges? If they have a jazz program, there may be a flugel you can rent or borrow for a month or two, since many colleges are not having ensemble rehearsals right now.