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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...

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: 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...

Mailbag: “Wolf” Notes on the Horn

A question recently came in relating to “wolf” notes on the natural horn, but it also relates to valved horn as well. The question...

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...

Interview: Kovach on Triple Horns. Part II, Goals

JE: Some specific things I like just looking at the new model are the location of the high-F tuning and also the hollow rotors...

Interview: Kovach on Triple Horns. Part I, the Search

Patterson Hornworks has introduced a new triple horn, and their initial newsletter report tells us  This triple horn is a culmination of a 2-year project...

Buying a Horn: The Question of New or Used, Factory or...

Buying a horn there are a lot of questions to weigh and consider, especially for the more advanced player. Regular readers know that I...

From the Mailbag: Single B-flat, F Extension — Why?

This one has a pretty quick answer but is a great question as it relates to my IHS presentation next week and is something...

Make Your Own Custom Horn

Interested in owning a custom horn but hesitant about the cost? There is a resource out there worth checking into. I have mentioned a couple...