Engelbert Schmid Vienna Horn
Designer: Engelbert Schmid
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From the Engelbert Schmid Website:
The Engelbert Schmid Vienna Horn is not a very light horn. As a Vienna Horn is a single horn, a very light weight is not as important as at the Rotary Valve Double or Triple Horns.
But extremely important is to reduce the moving mass at the machine, i. e. the total weight of the levers and Pumpen Valves. Engelbert Schmid succeeded to reduce that moving mass to below 50% of the usual weight. This means that the valves are absolutely quick, there is nothing of the usual shaking of the instrument if you push the valves. Suddenly you have a technically versatile instrument, with the famous smooth slur facilities of “Wiener Pumpen”. Now the Vienna Horn can be established also as a solo instrument!
We recommend 5 water keys respectively so called "tone holes". 4 of them are tone holes, which can be connected to the thumb lever. With these 4 tone holes you get all top notes absolutely secure! With the same lever connected to 3 water keys you may empty practically all the water in the instrument within a few seconds.
There are only healthy notes on this revolutionary Vienna Horn, the sound is typical, the intonation is ideal,
and you have 2 single horns:
A Vienna Horn in F and a Vienna Horn in Bb.
Its standard at the Vienna Horn by Engelbert Schmid, that you can convert it within a minute into a Bb Vienna Horn by taking out 3 intermediate pieces at the valve slides and using the Bb crook. By the way the lengths of the corpus, the F-crook and Bb-crook are identical to that of Vienna Classic Hand Horns. So you can use this Vienna Horn like a Hand Horn for all keys with your Hand Horn crooks.
The instrument pictured here has 5 water keys for draining and, combined with thumb lever, for absolutely secure top notes from F" to C#. Detachable bell flare, key of Bb and F possible, polished (lacquer is more).