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The question of water keys and horns

Here is a question you know you have wondered at some point: why are some horns constructed without water keys? It is a puzzle for...

More on “clicks” — and the best horns

Last year a topic touched upon in an article was that of “clicks” and valve changes. In that time frame, I started taking some...

Accuracy, intonation, tone. You need them all, so what type of...

In a very recent Horn People discussion there was a topic posted related to triple horns, more specifically to the question of if the...

Some notes on the art of Geyer (and Knopf) style horns

In the past month I have had the luxury of visits to my studio by two excellent horn makers (Atkinson and Patterson) and a...

In search of the $7,000 French horn

One question raised fairly often is on the topic of what new horns can be purchased for roughly $7,000? Underlying the question is the...

Topic: “Clicks” and valve changes

I have been working on final editing of a series of new Bordogni publications (more soon!) and have been playing as a result a...

Knopf or Geyer?

One of the perennial favorite articles in Horn Matters is on the topic of Kruspe or Geyer. Both terms reference the names of classic horn...

From the Mailbag: The “A” Valve

One common question relates to the “A” valve seen on most single Bb horns and descant horns. The central question would be “what is...

Horn made with the slides in the wrong places

One question that comes in periodically is about a type of double horn that seems to have been constructed to have the valve slides...

On Choices of Horns

This past few months has been productive and interesting in terms of practice and equipment. Two things drove this. One was being forced to...