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.
We recently received an email from a customer with some mouthpiece questions. I thought it was interesting enough to pass on. Here it is, along with out answers. Continue reading
Engelbert Schmid is offering a new option, nickel-free components. For people with allergies to nickel, playing the horn can present problems, form rashes to blisters to illness. Now you can order your Schmid with nickel-free levers, hand guards, and mouthpipe parts (guard, ferrule). This is usually enough to prevent nickel allergies. If that doesn’t do it, Schmid also has the capacity to build a completely nickel-free instrument. Here’s a link to a page about Schmid’s nickel-free horn.