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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...

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....

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...

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...

From the Mailbag: Not Kruspe, Not Geyer …

The topic of Kruspe or Geyer was a prior “From the Mailbag” question, but what if a horn is not a Kruspe or a...

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...

The Stopping Valve: The Best Invention Ever

In the United States horns with a stopping valve are not common. The most recent recital I gave is probably the first that I...

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...