French Horns

The horn, informally also known as the French horn, is a brass instrument made of tubing more than 20 feet long, wrapped into a coil with a flared bell. Pitch is controlled through the adjustment of lip tension in the mouthpiece and the operation of valves by the left hand, which route the air into extra tubing. Three valves control the flow of air in the single horn, which is tuned to F or less commonly B♭. The more common double horn has a fourth valve, usually operated by the thumb, which routes the air to one set of tubing tuned to F or another tuned to B♭. Triple horns with five valves are also made, tuned in F, B♭, and a descant E♭ or F. Also common are descant doubles, which typically provide B♭ and Alto F branches. This configuration provides a high-range horn while avoiding the additional complexity and weight of a triple.

A crucial element in playing the horn deals with the mouthpiece. Most of the time, the mouthpiece is placed in the exact center of the lips, but, because of differences in the formation of the lips and teeth of different players, some tend to play with the mouthpiece slightly off center. Although the exact side-to-side placement of the mouthpiece varies for most horn players, the up-and-down placement of the mouthpiece is generally two-thirds on the upper lip and one-third on the lower lip.

STUDENT MODELS

Yamaha YHR-314II French Horn

YAMAHA YHR-314II

  • Single horn in key of F
  • Leadpipe taper: The taper of the leadpipe improves response and intonation throughout the instrument.
  • Wrap: The wrap of this model allows for a more comfortable hand position and smoother air flow.
  • Nickel silver inner and outer slides: The use of nickel silver inner and outer slides ensures better fit and less chance of corrosion because nickel-silver is harder and more durable than brass.
  • Tapered valves: Tapered valves wear for a long time without air leakage.
  • Lightweight and least complicated horn to play: The single F horn is preferred for beginners because of its weight and simple configuration. Rich, warm tone Superb flexibility Easy response Accurate intonation.
  • Slide Lock: The unique slide lock design on all Yamaha trombones keeps the slide locked in place and keeps it from accidentally falling.

INTERMEDIATE MODELS

Yamaha YHR-567 French Horn

YAMAHA YHR-567

  • Double horn in F/Bb
  • Leadpipe taper: The taper of the leadpipe improves response and intonation throughout the instrument.
  • Wrap: The wrap of this model allows for a more comfortable hand position and smoother air flow.
  • Nickel silver inner and outer slides: The use of nickel silver inner and outer slides ensures better fit and less chance of corrosion because nickel-silver is harder and more durable than brass.
  • Tapered valves: Tapered valves wear for a long time without air leakage.
  • Adjustable 4th rotor thumb lever: The 4th rotor thumb lever can be adjusted to fit any hand size from small student hands to large adult hands.
  • Easy response and sure note centering: The ease with which this horn may be played makes it ideal for students.
  • Excellent sound in all registers: The combination of the secure high register, strong projection, and quick attack of the Bb horn with the rich, warm timbre of the F horn make the double horn ideal for most playing situations.

PROFESSIONAL MODELS

Yamaha YHR-667 French Horn

YAMAHA YHR-667

  • Double horn in F/Bb
  • Geyer style wrap:
  • Hand-lapped rotary valves and slides: Rotary valves and slides that have been hand-lapped are airtight and have smooth action.
  • Articulated key levers: Articulated key levers have responsive motion.
  • Hammered and annealed bell: Hammering and annealing are processes so important to the instrument’s acoustic characteristics that Yamaha employs computer-controlled equipment to ensure consistently superior sound. Hammering enables bells to have a rich, resonant tone that blends beautifully with other instruments. Annealing is a cooling and heating process that makes it easier to control the acoustics of the instrument.
  • Cyclical bore: A cyclical bore is a perfectly cylindrical tubing assembly in combination with a conical leadpipe and bell system. This allows for consistent air flow throughout the horn.
  • Tapered valves: Tapered valves wear for a long time without air leakage.
Holton H179 French Horn

HOLTON H179

  • Key of f/Bb
  • .468″ Bore
  • Kruspe style wrap
  • 12-1/4th” large throat nickel silver bell
  • Nickel silver branches
  • Slide crooks and slide tubes
  • Mouthpipe waterkey
  • Tapered rotors and bearings
Conn 8D French Horn

CONN 8D

  • Double horn in F/Bb
  • .468″ bore
  • Fixed 12.25″ nickel silver, rose and yellow brass bell
  • Kruspe style wrap