Triple horns and mouthpieces are the topics of two conversations with Gabriel Kovach, Principal Horn of the Phoenix Symphony. Lots of people dream of designing their own horns and mouthpieces, and he has had the opportunity to do so, committing a lot of time and energy into development of new models of both, as we read in his current Phoenix Symphony bio,
Recently Mr. Kovach has begun the exciting process of developing his own line of French Horn mouthpieces, through master craftsman David Houser at Houser Mouthpieces. And, after the culmination of a 2-year project, a newly designed Triple Horn with master horn builder Jim Patterson at Patterson Hornworks. It is this combination that Mr. Kovach uses on stage and in concert.
Back in 2013 we featured a print interview with Kovach on designing the triple horn with Patterson (here), but our podcast conversation here sheds more light on the thinking behind everything and the actual process.
Following development of that design he worked with Houser to develop a mouthpiece to better compliment the triple horn he had developed. Our conversation ranges out from there into a variety of mouthpiece related topics.
Thanks again to Gabe Kovach for these enlightening conversations, and for even more episodes of the Horn Notes Video Podcast check here on YouTube.