Stephens French Horn Model 2 “Schmidt”

Price: $11,995

The Stephens Series 2 model is a wrap that is far less common in the horn world. It is designed to have the comfortable ergonomics of our Series 1 “Geyer” model, but to also include aspects of the classic “C. F. Schmidt Horn. Some players find an uncomfortable “blip” in the sound when switching off between the Bb and F horn. This effect results from the air stream reversing direction when the fourth valve is utilized. Like classic Schmidts, the Series 2 horn has air pass trough the horn the same direction on the Bb and F horns. The F loop wrap is before the valves, as it is on a Schmidt as well. This allows for a particularly even instrument that can achieve remarkably smooth slurs.