In Praise of the Olds F Alto


Annually our church has a retreat over Memorial Day weekend up at a camp in the mountains near Prescott. Most years I have brought along a mellophone for praise band duties. However, this year I decided to take along a slightly more compact Olds F alto. This instrument is similar to an Altonium (described here) […]

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As part of a cleaning project at home I stumbled across my folder from the 1983 International Horn Workshop in Charleston, IL. It occurred between the junior and senior years of my college study (I was then a student at a small college in Kansas) and it was one of those inspirational life events that […]

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Letters from my Teachers


Since the end of school I have been working on a major cleaning project at home, time to get rid of some things and get reorganized. Among the projects accomplished was reducing and repacking better some stored boxes of letters. I reduced the total volume by about a third (junk mail? cancelled checks?) but did […]

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Why You Might Need Dimes

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A few months ago I helped a student with small hands put vintage dimes on their horn. What she said in a note a week later is really all that needs to be said on the topic: Just so you know, those dimes on my horn are amazing! It’s so weird to actually be able […]

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Verne Reynolds, Gardener

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One way to know someone is by their hobbies. The name of Verne Reynolds should be familiar to Horn Matters readers, as Bruce and I both studied with him at Eastman and he was not only the long-time horn professor there but also a composer of some note. I have a few personal reflections here […]

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Ask Dave: Where Should I Go to get a Mouthpiece Re-plated?


A curious reader asks: I have several mouthpieces and rims that need to be re-plated. Should I trust local sources such as jewelers to have it done, or should I send them to a mouthpiece maker? I hate for them to be sitting around unusable. Dave replies Your best bet is to send them to […]

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Two Suggestions to Improve Accuracy

Following up on recent end of semester juries and lessons, two thoughts came to mind related to improving accuracy. 1. Get a BERP. I have not had my BERP on my horn much in the past few years and I realize that some of my students have certainly never heard of or used this device. […]

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