The French Horn is a member of the Brass Family usually found in Orchestras and Wind / Military Bands. It has a wonderfully full and rich sound and is used to great emotional effect making it a popular choice for composers of film scores. French Horns, with conical bores, rotary valves and large bell flares are more complicated to manufacture than most brass instruments making them generally more expensive. The most common categories are Single, Double and Compensating. Here I will try to explain the differences in fairly simple terms to give anyone looking to purchase a French Horn a better idea of which type may be most suitable for their needs.

Like many brands, Forenza is oft remembered for a particular series or instrument – in Forenza’s case, their ‘Prima’ student range, which offers fantastic value for money and has been very popular with schools and students as a result. It’s easy to overlook their other series because of their successful student market, however, enter the Secondo Series.......

There are many things to consider when buying a Trombone as their playing characteristics vary more than almost any other instrument - from an agile small bore jazz instrument right through to a powerful large bore dual rotor Bass Trombone. Consequently the range and diversity of different specifications is mind boggling. I've therefore highlighted some of the key areas to consider when choosing your instrument. There are various contradictory theories/arguments regarding the many options available, so my aim is to cover what these are rather than recommend one make/model above another. In all honesty, your choice will be primarily driven by the style of music you predominantly play and the standard you are playing at.

The term compensating is one that is often referred to but not always fully understood. It is normally used with reference to lower brass instruments (eg. Euphoniums & Tubas) which are either 'compensating' or 'non-compensating' models. There is a common misconception that if an instrument has a 4th valve* it is compensating, but that is not necessarily the case. I'll try to explain exactly what it means as clearly and concisely as possible, although that's easier said than done!