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Thoughts on ‘Quality’ and an Overview of Trusted Brands in French...

As someone who works in marketing and advertising, I respect the value and power of word-of-mouth opinion. While big-name consumer brands - like McDonald's and Sony - manipulate popular...

The Vintage Conn 8D

Last week an article was featured on Cleveland.com, “Conn-Selmer Inc. turns out classic horns for world's best musicians.” Also last week I got back...

From the Mailbag: Kruspe or Geyer–Which is Better?

For many years there have been two dominant “flavors” of double horn, Kruspe and Geyer style, in use in the United States. The question...

Nickel Silver and Horns

One question that comes up periodically is that of what nickel silver is and why some horns are made of nickel silver and some...

What is “Red Rot”?

"Red Rot" is commonly used to refer to any reddish patch of corrosion on a copper-based alloy, such as brass. However, this loose usage...

What is a Compensating Double?

Over the years a number of times the topic of what is a compensating horn has come up for me a number of times....

Horn 101: Does My Horn have a Bb Tuning Slide?

This topic has come up for me at this point in many horn lessons over the years. The short answer is that your horn...

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...

Who Plays What Horn?

A question a lot of people wonder is who plays what horn and also the related, larger question of what is a professional quality...

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...