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Master Horn Honker!

27 May

Thank You Mahendra! Genius.

Strike Up The Band! The Marching Hornets

11 Nov

The Marching Hornets perform Herb Alpert’s ‘Tijuana Taxi’. You can hear it too! Check out the video here. Band director John was right, the squeeze horn adds that special something.


At Last! Tuned Horns

27 Aug

A comment from Bill Schuetter today provided the missing clue to discovering a source for tuned squeeze horns. Bill provided a link to a YouTube video of the LA Philharmonic performing Gershwin’s ‘American In Paris’. There they are! and certainly orchestras around the world would need these to perform Gershwin. I found a  few sources. See links below.

Taxi Horns for Gershwin's American In Paris Attribution Some rights reserved by vxla

Taxi Horns for Gershwin’s ‘American In Paris’ – Attribution Some rights reserved by vxla

[Update 5/11/15] There you go! Owner Russ Knutson, of Chicago Percussion Rental comments below to point out that the horns in this shot came from his shop.

From (renting at $100 a week + shipping).

George Gershwin wrote for Tuned Taxi Horns in his composition An American in Paris. These horns come in a set of 4 pitches: A, B, C, & D. We have 3 sets of tuned taxi horns in our rental department and they all sound FANTASTIC! You will have no issues with our taxi horns; no muffled or dog barkish sounds, just pure taxi horn tone! As a percussionist for 10 years in the San Francisco Symphony, Trey Wyatt has used these horns for over 50 performances without failure.

The taxi horn part is normally played by one player. Gershwin actually writes for 2 players to each play 2 horns. However, it works brilliantly for this part to by played by 1 player, the cymbal player, as the cues for all the horn parts are written in the cymbal part.

Certainly not cheap to purchase. That’s about $750. U.S. From Kolberg in Germany.
A little cheaper at around $650 (but without the stand) from Jam in the U.K.
Most orchestras rent the set of  horns. In the U.S. often from Steve Weiss Music outside of Philadelphia.
Also from LA Percussion Rentals. FSTJ Percussion in Quebec, Canada, and above-mentioned California Percussion.
I’ll be looking for a U.S. source to purchase. I’ve also emailed an Indian manufacturer to see what the thinks about custom building tuned horns.

A Horn For Tim’s BMW

19 Jan

Not that there was ever any doubt, but here’s picture proof that our horns are a class act. This is the 12″ medium loop horn mounted on Tim’s 1955 BMW. Beautiful! We were a little concerned about mounting the horn to his 7/8″ handle bars. He did use the attaching bracket I include, but supplemented it…

I used a zip tie to the clutch cable to increase the contact points. After taking the photo I inserted sail tape (used to stop sharp objects from ripping sailboat sails) between the handle bars and the clamp. This tightened the fit and prevents scratches to the chrome bars. The horn is loud (good) and is an excellent add on.

bmwPhoto2 brass horn bmw

Thanks for sending the photos Tim!

Johnny From Seattle

24 Nov

Johnny sent along a shot of his 16″ covered bell horn, now safely secured to his bike. I asked him how he attached it.

I couldn’t use the included handlebar clamp due to dashboard and foredeck, so I used two 3/4″ insulated conduit hangers and secured the upper segment with a zip tie.

Johnny from Seattle sent along a shot of his bike.


And here’s a close-up of how he attached his horn.

Perfect horn for my Harpo Marx costume…Thanks John!

6 Nov

This is what makes being able to provide high-quality squeeze horns so much fun for me.
Thank You Jeff!

Jeff Sumner as Harpo, with trusty Squeeze Horn, Halloween, 2012

Attention All Rotarians!

17 Jun

Jim was kind enough to send me a shot of him using his new squeezehorn at their Rotary Club. They toot the horn to recognize outstanding achievements. Perfect match.

Jim & Horn at the Rotary Club

16″ Squeeze Horn Finds Fame In ‘Rat City Brass’

26 Feb

Brad from Rat City Brass sent us a picture of his way-cool percussion rack featuring one of our 16″ squeeze horns! RCB plays the music of Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass! Thanks Brad!
Check them out at

Rat City Brass

Headed For The Squonk Opera!

19 Feb

Yesterday I sent a very excited horn off to his new home at the Squonk Opera. Check it out!

Squonk Opera

A Bulb For Carlisle!

28 Jan

Carlisle needed a bulb for Ye Olde Squeezehorn. We don’t actually carry bulbs separately, but I had a couple from horns that were damaged in shipping, and was happy to help him out. Thanks for the photo CK!

A red bulb for Carlisle's squeezehorn.