Osmun Music’s Visit to the Northwest!

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Osmun Music will be headed west for the Northwest Horn Symposium at Pacific Lutheran University on March 23-25th. Bob Osmun and Taylor Allen will be on hand with the Osmun Horn Mouthpieces along with a few Finke and Engelbert Schmid Horns. Please stop on by to try out our standard, replica, and signature model horn mouthpieces. Bob Osmun will be available for horn repair estimates and mouthpiece consultations.

The Symposium will feature three days of intense horn presentations, performances and pedagogy. Guest artists include Leelanee SterrettBernhard Scully and the horns of the Seattle Symphony. These artists will work with master class participants, share their expertise and perform in special concerts. Regional artists and scholars are invited contribute their special projects and music making. All horn players and enthusiasts are welcome. This year, there will be a horn quartet competition for any non-professional groups, with cash prizes. The event will also feature vendors for many of your horn, music, and gear needs.

This Symposium is open to the public. The following link has all the info. Hope to see you there!

https://www.plu.edu/northwest-horn-symposium-2018/

Engelbert Schmid Double Horn In Stock!

Osmun Music just received an Engelbert Schmid Double Horn in stock configuration*. Here’s a quick video of it. It’s here in the shop for anyone to try out. These horns are amazingly easy to play. If you were thinking about getting an Engelbert Schmid double, this one is available without the wait.

*Lacquered Yellow Brass, Two Water Keys, & Hand Rest (Bell is currently a medium spun yellow brass)

Cleaning Schmid Horns

Osmun Music has been servicing fine horns for almost fifty years. The chemicals and processes we use have been exhaustively tested and are safe and effective. However, we do adhere to Schmid’s repair protocols when servicing Engelbert Schmid instruments. That means no chemical baths are used on rotors and corrosion is removed by mechanical processes. We will be happy to explain the process in detail and respect your wishes.

Tuning Bits for Schmid Triples

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The bit on the left is standard Schmid issue. Our bits are .500″ and .750″ longer.

Like it or not, it’s still a 440 world. Many ensembles in the US are sticking resolutely to the old standard; in Europe, it’s different. Most orchestras tune to A=442, 444, or even higher. And European instruments reflect this.

It’s common here to see players of Schmid triples and descants playing with the tuning bit pulled out just about as far as it will go. In addition to the obvious stability issues, pulling that far out creates a long cylindrical chamber at a crucial point in the bore. This unwanted increase in bore can cause intonation, response, and focus issues.

The solution is obvious. We’ve made a couple of new bits that are longer than stock. This allows them to be played pushed further in. We’ve also created a longer taper and minimized the disruptions between different sections. Right now these bits are in the development stage. We’re gathering feedback from players and tweaking to optimize the design. When we have something that’s better it will become a product. Stay tuned.

E. Schmid Rims for Screw Rim Mouthpieces

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As Engelbert Schmid’s mouthpieces have become increasingly popular, a lot of our customers have asked for Schmid rims to use with Osmun cups. so, we now have two Engelbert Schmid copy rims. All four standard sizes are available as metric rims and the smaller sizes (17, 17.5mm)  are made for standard (Giardinelli thread) cups as well. Here are the rim sizes for Schmid’s mouthpieces:

  • 17mm-Schmid models 4 thru 6.5
  • 17.5mm-Schmid models 7 thru 9.5
  • 18mm- Schmid models 10 thru 12.5
  • 18.5-Schmid models 13 thru 13.5

We also have Schmid Digital rims in 17.5 and 18mm, as used on Schmid Digital mouthpiece models 1 thru 3.5, available as metric rims (fits our metric and Paxman Halstead Chidell cups).

You can see our full range of cups and rims on our mouthpiece page at osmun.com.