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 when you really need to try some horns. And that point is also the point where, for many, there are no great local options to try horns. There are basically two […]

A Wagner Tuba Mouthpiece


Sticking with the general topic of the article last week, the Wagner tuba, today we have an oddity, a Wagner tuba mouthpiece. Exhibit “A” is this Mirafone Decker model T Wagner tuba mouthpiece from the 1980s. It is solid nickel silver (which is somewhat unique in itself–it is not plated) and very cool looking, turned to look […]

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Brief Review: Jinbao Wagner Tuba

This January/February we were very pleased to receive two new Wagner tubas for use by members of the ASU horn studio! Wagner, Bruckner, Strauss, and others (more info here) wrote for Wagner tuba in sections of four, with the instruments performed by horn players using horn mouthpieces. Arizona State for many years has owned only […]

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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 my gold rim. This has led to the testing of a number of rims, Houser with their H-Kote finish and also Moosewood in Delrin. A few notes. Initial trials can be very […]

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Review: The Kelly MDC in Lexan


In late 2012 I posted a review which I titled The Surprising Kelly MC Lexan Mouthpiece. Since that review was completed I have given the Kelly MC two extended trials and that review is updated further. But the MC is not their only Lexan (plastic) mouthpiece model, the other one presently on the market is their […]

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Eroica (2003), Natural Horns and More!


It is amazing how much is out there now on YouTube. This week a student pointed me toward a great find, Beethoven’s Eroica, a 2003 BBC movie. Featuring music performed on period instruments by the Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique (conducted by John Eliot Gardiner), the movie depicts the day of the first, private performance of […]

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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 mouthpieces. The longer I teach the more I recognize that many more horn (and brass) players have issues with this than one would guess. Backing up, in late 2012 I posted […]

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