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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...

Where to Go Try New and Used Horns

There is a point when a more advanced horn player really needs a more advanced horn to keep progress going forward. That point is...

On Testing a New or Used French Horn

One topic that comes up often is that of testing new and used horns, a good topic and one I have not written about...

Interview: Kovach on Triple Horns. Part III, a Horn is Born

JE: Can you share a bit about your other horns in general and what it was that you were looking for to directly achieve...

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...

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...

Tone is what makes a Great French Horn

First, a quote from a former student of mine who is now helping people looking for upgrade horns: “…most people will talk far more...

Question from the Mailbag: What Level of Horn Should an Adult...

Ryan asks: I am in the market for a new horn and I've noticed intermediate horns seem to have the same specs, but are typically...

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...