RIP Horn Players’ FAQ

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As many know, a classic horn site, The Horn Players’ FAQ, is no longer. It was active from 1995 until July of 2007 and when launched it was an extremely useful resource for horn players. Ron Boerger wrote in the farewell note posted there that

When this FAQ was created, it represented the only widely-used reference site for the horn on the WWW. Nowadays, of course, all one has to do is go to Wikipedia or Google to find a wealth of information, and The International Horn Society came along a few years later with a fine site of its own. It is with a sense of sadness, then, that the time has come for me to say the Horn FAQ has served its purpose. Updates became increasingly rare over the years; information has gone stale, and quite frankly there are much better sites out there. And I’ve gone from being a Unix sys admin type to, of all things, a project portfolio planner, which is why the technology behind the site was never upgraded to take advantage of all of the cool new stuff you see everywhere else these days.

So life moves on, and I with it. A sincere thank you to the many people who were kind enough to offer words of encouragement and suggestions over the years, as well as the silent masses who I hope found the answers to some of their questions here. The FAQ provided me with an opportunity to contribute to the horn world in a way my very modest playing ability could not, and I am also thankful to the folks at the International Horn Society who invited me to speak not once but twice at their annual conferences, and for later allowing me to serve as a contributing editor for The Horn Call. Those memories will stay dear to my heart forever.

It’s a big world out there. Make the most of your time in it, and take your horn with you when you do!

For those of you with a link to the site it is time to update your links page, and thanks to Ron Boerger for his efforts for the horn.

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