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Thu, May. 7th, 2009, 12:46 am
niektete: Jupiter horn?

Has anyone tried a Jupiter horn? There's a relatively cheap one for sale in my area, but I've been warned by my fellow horn players in band about the cheap, Asian brands on the market, and I'm wondering if this Jupiter brand is one of them. Any advice would be good; I've only played Hans Hoyer and Yamaha, and I felt both were good for a leisure musician like myself :)


Sat, Apr. 25th, 2009, 10:04 pm
chibi_lurrel: Uh sort of related to horn playing.

So I have a question. I would describe myself as someone who has played horn rather seriously, but with no intent to pursue musical performance as a career (aside from one-off gigs, etc.). I've always been pretty serious about band, however, and am currently our school's teaching assistant, play in various groups (though I've had to cut back this year), and am generally pretty involved in the music department at my school. I'll be graduating this year but will probably be returning to the same university for a masters program (not at all relevant to music performance). I feel like I've let a lot of the logistical things about band really get in the way of my playing, so horn-wise I'd like to get back into shape next year while a graduate student.

Is it a faux pas for me to keep playing in the same ensembles as a graduate student, or would I just be that strange old chick hanging around? We don't have a graduate music program and I'd say 95% of the students in the bands are undergrads. Do you think it'd be better to find a community band? I've been in every ensemble it's possible to stick a French horn into at school now, though I am currently only in band & a brass quartet.

Wed, Mar. 11th, 2009, 04:40 pm
frenchhorn: Audition Help!

Hi All!!

I have an audition for a summer opera orchestra in two weeks!  The company just posted the requirements:  two solos, two orchestral excerpts.  No biggie.

As far as solos go, i'll probably just play the Gordon Jacob concerto and some nocturno (either strauss or gliere)


What orchestral excerpts should i do?
What two excerpts would you chose if you needed to demonstrate all your horn awesomeness in two excerpts (including opera excerpts)

i was thinking:
Beethoven 9, 4th horn (yeah, you know the one)
Long Call
something from Wozzeck
Ein Heldenleben

but i don't really know.

what would you chose (even if it's not on my list above^^)


Sat, Feb. 21st, 2009, 12:52 pm
deeperpassion33: hand strap

Hi, this may have already been asked, but:

I've been searching desperately for a horn hand strap of decent quality, that won't set me back 50-60 dollars. the only two I can find that aren't velcro/attach to the pinky hook (which I'd like to have removed upon the arrival of a strap) are the Alexander strap and the Clebsch strap, 50 and 60 dollars. I'm having a hard time understanding WHY they're so freaking expensive, but does anyone know of another brand that would be a bit cheaper (non-velcro/attaching to the pinky hook)? Or, does anyone have one they'd like to sell?

Thu, Feb. 5th, 2009, 11:47 pm
winterbay: Video game music

Hey all.
Does anyone know if there is sheet music for video games (any game really) out there that you can buy for the horn?
I recently got a couple of Guildwars sheets, unfortunately arranged for piano but I can probably fix that, which got me thinking. Some VGM is really nice and it would be fun to be able to play it on my horn and at the same time give some credit to the original composer.

Sat, Jan. 31st, 2009, 12:45 pm
ladyinsatin: free marcus bonna case

Do you like Marcus Bonna cases?

Do you like things that are free?

Do you like repairing upholstery?

Then this is the deal for you!

I just recently got a new case for Christmas, and I would now like to get rid of my old one. It is a Marcus Bonna, and strucurally-wise it is still in pretty good condition. However, I am pretty rough with bags and cases in general, and the outer fabric has started to come off quite a bit, and one of the shoulder straps is missing. It is a definite fixer-upper if I ever saw one.

So here is the deal: if you want the case, all you have to pay for is the shipping, and I will send it to you at no further charge.

If you have any questions, or would like to see some pictures of the case, feel free to e-mail me at kyra.sims[at]gmail[dot]com.



EDIT (12/20/09): I gave the case to a friend, thanks for the interest!

Fri, Jan. 23rd, 2009, 04:15 pm
frenchhorn: (no subject)

I'm going to be auditioning soon for a summer opera.  What do you think i should prepare?

I'm definitely going to prepare a couple solos, but as for excerpts what do you think is good? 

I e-mailed the organization, but they haven't gotten back to me.  i just wanted to see what you guys think.  it's always good to practice excerpts anyway!


Wed, Dec. 17th, 2008, 06:48 pm
t_c_s: Stop mutes


I decided that I will be asking Santa for some horn accessories this year, namely a non-transposing stop mute and a screw-bell backpack case (possibly an expensive holiday season...).

What are the favorite brands among all of you? If this makes a difference, I have a N-Series Conn 8D.


Thu, Dec. 11th, 2008, 09:41 pm
kudtheforgotten: RAINBOWS AND HOLTON

Trying to win a photo contest... :3 Let the glory and power of the horn be known. If you feel nice, vote for me. <3

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Wed, Dec. 10th, 2008, 09:45 am
littleblueghost: So another random question...

I borrowed a horn for a concert (after playing three times, on 4 different instruments with no practice - I managed somehow...) that I couldn't actually hold properly as the little finger rest was for someone with a bigger handspan and made my hand and arm go numb when I had my thumb on the 4th valve open. Also by the end of the concert I couldn't actually tell if the valve was open or closed until I played because I couldn't feel my hand, or looked- very, very offputting...(BTW, the horn I played was the best of a bad lot, borrowed off the highschool very, very temporarily!)

No idea what brand of horn it was - nothing on the bell or in the case, but do you know whether all the big brands are set up like the Yamahas or if some if some of the brands are more suited for people with larger hand spans. I could handle the Yamaha without a problem. I have a reasonably small hand span anyway - can just play an octave on the piano at full stretch, and that is kind of painful to do as well.

I ask, because I have a feeling if I want to get my hands on a horn I am going to have to get one ordered in, and I don't want to do so unless I know it is one I am actually going to be able to play without risk of injury (as I think having a numb arm is a sign that I am doing myself damage- whether it was just a pinched nerve or what I am not sure, still its a bad thing...)

Edit: I should say, I am planning on renting for a while, so I can't make any structural changes to the instrument to make it more user friendly for me....
Thanks for any help!

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