Our Mouthpiece Range Expands With the LS Rim

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We’ve added a new rim model to our offerings. The LS rim is a copy of the Laskey rim. Our goal was to make it easy for players who are accustomed to Laskey rims to try different cups, ours and those of other makers.

The LS is a medium width rim, with a rounded contour.  The LS75 inner edge and crown are virtually identical to our 7S rim, which is itself a copy of a Bach 7S. The only significant difference is in the wider contour on the outside of the 7S. This would not be felt by anyone except those using a very pronounced einsetzen embouchure.

We’ve made our rims in the same sizes as Laskey: 17 to 18.5mm, in .25mm steps and marked them with Laskey’s numbering system.  Our measurements are slightly smaller because we measure all our rims at .050″ down from the crown. Laskey’s are measured slightly higher (.035″) so they measure a little wider. Models 70 to 775 fit our standard cups and any cup with a 750-36 Giardinelli-compatible thread. The 80-85 rims fit our metric series and any PHC cup.

Visit our Osmun Mouthpieces Pages to see all the cups and rims we offer.

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The Best Stopping Mute?

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The Powerstopf combines the best of wooden and metal mutes.

When the part calls for stopped horn, horn players have a decision to make. Obviously, you can stop the horn with your hand. It’s always there when you need it and you never embarrass yourself by dropping it on the floor. There are some problems, though. You have to play everything on the F horn (stopping raises the pitch 1/2 step on the F horn and 3/4 steps on the Bb) and it’s very hard to get any volume in the lower register. And some players’ hands just don’t work well for stopping. So, a good stopping mute can be a great addition to your arsenal.

One of the best stopping mutes we’ve come across is the Powerstopf. Made in the Netherlands, the Powerstopf has several features that make it stand out. The wooden cone takes a lot of edge out of the sound and makes it sound much more like true hand stopping. The rubber seal helps the mute stay put and does a good job of sealing the bell. Maybe the biggest advantage is that it works on the Bb horn so it’s much more secure.

Here’s a Youtube clip of Richard Burdick demonstrating the Powerstopf:

We’ve got Powerstopfs in stock so please check them out at osmun.com

Financing Your New Horn

We’re often asked by customers if we offer financing. The best way to finance a large purchase is with PayPal or a credit card.  PayPal offers six months of no interest financing on purchases over $99. You can choose PayPal financing on our website during the checkout process.  For longer terms, credit cards are the best option. Some cards offer interest-free financing for up to twenty-one months. Sites like Nerdwallet (http://www.nerdwallet.com/the-best-credit-cards) can help you find the best card for your needs and circumstances.

A Visit From Kruspe

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Jim Becker, Jim Engele, Katsushi Sakaino, and Bob Osmun check out the new Kruspe “Horner Philadelphia” model double horn.

This morning, Osmun Music welcomed Katsuchi Sakaino, the owner of Ed. Kruspe Metallblasinstrumente. Mr. Sakaino is in the US showing his new horn to interested players and dealers all around the country.

The firm Ed. Kruspe has been in existence since 1833. It was bought by Katsushi’s father Tatehiko in 2012 and they continue the tradition, building all brass, with an emphasis on horns, in their workshop in Bavaria.

You can read about the history of the company on the Kruspe website.

The new Kruspe “Horner Philadelphia” horn is a direct descendant of the horn Kruspe developed for legendary Philadelphia Orchestra hornist Anton Horner, in 1904. The Horner model was the first successful wide taper horn and was a big part of the “Philadelphia sound” made famous by Stokowski. In the late 1930’s it was copied by Conn and became the Conn 8D.

Contact the shop if your interested in more information, and be sure to check our new and used horns, accessories, and mouthpieces at osmun.com.

New Atkinson Horn

Atkinson AG2K horn

Atkinson’s new Geyer-style double horn.

We’re pleased to have the new Atkinson AG2K horn in stock. Mark Atkinson is a 2nd generation horn maker. He makes everything, bells, valves, mouthpipes, in his Burbank, California workshop with one assistant and his brother Jim, who makes parts in between Hollywood studio sessions. These horns are among the most “Geyer-like” of the various Geyer style horns out there. The principal horn players of both the LA Phil and the Boston Symphony are currently playing this model. (At last count, there were three in the BSO!) So, if you’re in the market, or if you’re just curious, we have the AG2K as well as Geyer style horns from Dieter Otto (Jeff Nelson model) and Hoyer in stock for you to try.