The mellophone is an instrument mainly used as a marching french horn. It is played right handed, much like a trumpet. Its tone quality is more like a french horn.

Looking to put an end to the historic rivalry between the trumpets and the french horns, the trumpet players created a heavy, larger, imitation trumpet designed to create maximum arm and pinky stress during the horn's weakest time: marching season. During this hellish time, the horns are forced to abandon their respectable instrument and wield the feared mellophone. This, of course, leads to the french horn/mellophone player's arms falling off at the end of every marching season, and renders them useless during concert season, while their missing limbs are still regrowing.

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