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16 years 4 months ago - 16 years 4 months ago #10 by Kyle Hayes
Just curious, what some of you think of as a good intermediate level horn?
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16 years 3 months ago #13 by Jonathan Stoneman
Looking back at the horns I've had, I realise I wasn't necessarily aware of what level they were when I acquired them. The first one my parents bought to replace the school's student level loan instrument was a Lidl compensator, and was pretty clearly a student instrument. After that, I think I've traded up each time, simply buying the best I could afford at that moment and enjoying the difference each made to my playing.

So -- it's really a matter of price and what difference the individual horn does to one's playing. From the dizzy heights of a Schmid triple, a Conn 8D seems intermediate in price and quality - but at the time I traded up from a 6D, the 8D felt like a jump to professional level.

If I was progressing through horn-playing life again, I would do the same again - keep aware of what the horns with good reputations are, and just try what's available at the price. That's probably easier to do in somewhere like the UK where we all live within easy range of several horns, players and dealers, harder to do in the USA - where I guess a lot of buying is done a long distance, with just name and price to go on. It's worth getting to gatherings just to see what others play, and have a go if you can.

Not sure if this helps......

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16 years 2 months ago #23 by
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Im a senior in high school and im about to go off to texas tech and continue with my horn studies. i play on a conn 9D but it belongs to the school. i am looking to buy the same kind of horn, but am wondering if an 8D is more or less advanced than a 9D.

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16 years 2 months ago #24 by Dan Phillips
The 8D and the 9D are marketed by Conn as the same horn except for the bell throat size, so one is not "more advanced" than the other. It's simply a matter of preference, and if you are comfortable with and sound good on the 9D, then there may be no reason to change. You really should consult with Dr. Smith at TTU before making any decision or purchase! He can give you much better advice than can anyone on the internet who's never heard or seen you play ;)

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16 years 2 months ago #27 by Josh Mannix
i am just a freshman in HS, but fairly advanced according to my lessons instructor at Butler University in Indianapolis, IN. I am looking for a horn right now, and I am looking for either a Holton H179 or H477. I am a Holton man myself, and would much rather play on a Holton than a Yamaha. However, those are the only two brands I have tried.
So, if anyone knows of a good deal on either of the aforementioned horns, please let me know! Thanks!

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16 years 1 month ago #45 by Martin Künkler
I have a Question:
If You only tried two Marks (Holton and Yamaha), how could You find out, whats a good Horn?

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