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 Re: English horn intonation--brand differences?
Author: Hotboy 
Date:   2021-05-16 03:36

Bocals are hand-made as well. Even if you play on a dozen Hinikers, most will have noticeable differences. I recommend borrowing as many bocals from your friends as you can when you try out new horns. One style may be perfect for you and that particular horn, and you won't experience the serendipity until you try that exact combo.

A number of years ago I was at Forrest's trying out bocals for a student to purchase one, and I (un)fortunately tried a gold-plated Loree Etoile. It was like magic...the sound was silky smooth yet had tremendous projection. The intonation was amazing in all registers and also gave me more altissimo notes. I resisted for a year then dropped the $500 to get one...I do not regret the purchase.

Speaking of "more curved" bocals, a number of years ago I appeared as the soloist in a contemporary EH solo piece that went up to F#, and my Symer, Hiniker, and original Loree bocals weren't up to the task. I was given an ancient bocal by my friend Jim Matheson (San Francisco Symphony and Opera) that had no straight lines at all...it was totally curved like a semi-circle and looked like something out of a 200-year-old lithograph. It was frightfully out of tune, but it played up to G# with ease and I played the solo using that bocal and adjusting for pitch.

Dane
Bay Area, California

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