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New instrument! Change mouthpiece? Break it in?

Some horn players are very averse to change, but changes have to be made! One exciting type of change is getting a new horn...

Mouthpieces in Stainless Steel or in Brass?

Until pretty recently virtually all French horn mouthpieces were made of brass (plated with a layer of silver or gold -- with a very...

Happiness is a new mouthpiece

Equipment is a topic that has come up quite a few times in Horn Matters. Still though, I can be as excited as the next...

Commentary: A Popular Meme on Mouthpieces that is Wrong

I have seen the following meme go around Facebook several times: As a horn teacher I have to say this meme, while it sounds like...

A Mouthpiece like Dennis Brain Used

Many years ago, at the home of Philip Farkas, I held in my hands a copy of the mouthpiece of Dennis Brain. Farkas was...

On Testing Mouthpiece Rims

As noted in the recent article on mouthpieces and metal allergies, my current working theory is that may I have developed a sensitivity to...

On Mouthpieces and Metal Allergies

Of all the horn playing topics out there perhaps the most under reported and significant could well be the topic of metal allergies and...

A Mouthpiece Story and a Favorite Horn Ensemble Work

Two short items from ASU horn life last week are the focus today. Brahms will conclude, but first up, I was reminded this week...

How to Clean a Horn Mouthpiece and Sanitize a Lead Pipe

When I regularly taught beginning horn students, a portion of the very first lessons were usually devoted to maintenance of the instrument. This included mouthpiece...

Mouthpieces and the Descant (and Triple) Horn, part II: A Review...

Continuing on the topic of high horn mouthpieces, in recent years I have owned two examples each of the Moosewood BD and Osmun Haydn...