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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...

Why You Might Need Dimes

A few months ago I helped a student with small hands put vintage dimes on their horn. What she said in a note a...

The Super Single B-flat

Besides presenting a session I will also be performing on the Friday evening concert at the Southeast Horn Workshop this weekend. As I have...

Update: How to Purchase a “Watt Lifter”

Earlier this week, I received a message from Bob Watt, the inventor of the Watt Lifter. (Be sure to read up on Mr. Watt's...

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...

What is that Horn in the YouTube Symphony Horn Master Class...

Auditions are coming soon for the 2011 edition of the YouTube Symphony (more information here), and as a service to those looking to audition...

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...

Playing a Horn that Fits In, Internationally

A question recently came in from a reader from the United States that was playing in a foreign orchestra. Their horn of choice in...

High Notes, or Why you might need a New Horn or...

Nothing can inspire you to practice more than a horn that clearly plays better than what you have been playing. In my case, I...

Ascending Third Valve Horns Past and Present

The Mellocast for this week is on a topic not often discussed, that of ascending third valve horns. In short, this is a French...