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Horn Making & Mfg




Instrument Development – from Kayla Nelson’s wonderful hornhistory.com site.

Instrument (i.e. horn) Makers – list on the IHS web site

Carl Geyer – a reminiscence by Tom Bacon

Early American Brass Makers, book by Robert Eliason

Horn Manufacturers – Erin Schmidt has compiled a page of many horn manufacturers that compares alloy, bore, and price (plus comments). Nice work!

Dissertation: McLaughlin, Brian James.  “American Horn Making in the Twentieth Century.” D.M.A. Essay, University of Iowa, 1998.

Excellent video portrait of Engelbert Schmid (in German) about his career as a player and as an instrument maker, richly acoustically decorated with background horn ensemble music. 8′ 34″


A Horn is Born –
making a natural horn

How Brass Instruments Are Built – A well-illustrated paper by Robert Pyle for the Acoustical Society of America

First Steps in Making a Horn – a wonderful, if brief, Quicktime movie showing how the process of building a horn begins.

Horn Factory Tour
Yamaha offers an online illustrated tour of the manufacturing process of horns.
Factory Tour 2.

Bernd Sandner, German master bell maker.

J. Meinlschmidt GmbH – Valvemaker to the stars…

Making a Vienna Horn – a YouTube video of Robert Engel making a Vienna horn

Constructing a Natural Horn – at Atelier Harlow in Tokyo [photos]

Natural Horn Businesses – Links to natural horn makers, etc., courtesy of Early Music Chicago.

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