Posted by Mary Ann on January 28, 2001 at 18:07:21:
In Reply to: Re: Re: Re: Is it the tuba or the player? posted by Joe S. on January 28, 2001 at 16:19:15:
I hope you won't mind my jumping into the discussion.....about triple (french) horns. These instruments have made the high range possible for many, and far easier for more. The E. Schmid triple horn's popularity surged when Phil Myers (N.Y. Philharomic, 1st horn) replaced his old and battered Conn 8D with one. To quote Phil: "It is simply easier to play." Phil doesn't have the same type of sound as Philip Farkas did; it's different, and he plays a different instrument. There are still professional players who lament that we have lost the "F horn sound," and counsel everyone to go back to it. I, for one, having started playing horn in my 40's, am delighted that there are instruments being made that are easier to play. It opens up more of the literature to me, and I can get more out of my limited practice time. It's about the music!