||Shopping for French Horns
What's the difference between a double and
a single French Horn?
The double horn has an extra thumb key which
allows the player better tone, pitch, and
a wider range. The double horn also has more
tubing than the single horn because of the
extra key. A single horn is perfect for the
beginning player. The double horn is better
for the intermediate to advanced player.
Does it matter what brand I buy?
Yes. Chances are, if you've never heard of
the brand before, it will not be a good horn.
Alexander, Holton, and Conn are known for
producing the best sounding horns; however,
other brands, such as Yamaha, do have good
models. In fact, Yamaha has recently based
some of their horns' design on the older
Conn horns. What matters the most is that
you think the horn sounds good when you play
it. Every horn sounds different depending
on who plays it.
Should I buy used or new, or rent a horn?
It all depends on your budget. For a beginning
player, I recommend renting because
are expensive and difficult to
play. A young
player may become frustrated
easily and not
stick with the instrument. For
players, consider purchasing
a horn. Whether
it is used or new depends on
your price range.
Don't be fooled though, just
because a horn
is older does not make it less