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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...

The Cabbage Speaks on ‘Wolf Notes’

In response to a question about bad notes on a natural horn crook, both John and Dave have taken a crack at an answer. Behind-the-scenes...

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...

A Garland on Your Bell: Not Just Bling

One option out there from a few horn makers is a garland, an extra band of metal added to the edge of the bell...

‘Trusted Brands’ Report Update: New Results with Focus on Experience Levels

UPDATE: 20 November, late PM. A revised version has been uploaded - it restates the margin-of-error, adds a bar chart to the composite results and...

Trusted Brand Names of French Horns: Composite and Age Group Results

This is the first of several documents that will be posted. In this chapter, composite and age group results are reported. Open publication The next report...

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...

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...

Name that YouTube Horn

Embedded in the article yesterday was one of the more recent videos of horn solos by Steve Park. It gave me a case of...

What is a “Dual Bore” Horn?

While I am not using it as my main horn at present, for some years I mainly played a Paxman 25A horn (for example...