You could buy, borrow, or rent a horn, or just make one yourself out of a garden hose and a plastic funnel – true! Here’s a couple of pictures of a horn being made. It’s just a pipe…
…although your hosepipe horn might be a bit simpler than this set of valves from a Paxman ‘Triple’ which looks like something that could power an F1 Mercedes:
Anyway, don’t worry. We have horns which we can rent to you for a modest annual cost (£25). These include small instruments for children.
If you want to buy your own, go carefully. A good French horn is an expensive instrument, and there are many small differences in type which can make a horn unsuitable for a learner. We suggest you consult us before you go looking for one.
There are a number of fine makers, famous names including Paxman, Alexander, Yamaha and others. If you look at their websites you might get a fright at the prices.
But you will also find that there is a big market in second-hand horns. Many of these are very fine instruments. We have good contacts with several dealers.
Please – ask us first.