Considering the English horn did not originate in England and is not, in fact, a horn, its name may be a bit misleading. While its formal title is a tad unusual, its moniker certainly doesn't affect the smooth, somewhat haunting sound it's known to produce. The fingering and playing techniques used for the English horn are very similar to the oboe - in fact, many oboists often switch between the two instruments for different pieces of music. That's not to say a beginner can't pick up and play this wonderful woodwind. Quite the opposite, which is why we've stocked this section with horns for every skill level, budget and step of your musical journey.
If this is your first introduction to the English horn and you've never played the oboe, a student-oriented instrument is definitely the way to go. Options like these come with everything you need to start playing, they're less pricey than higher-end models and are often made of resin: a durable material that stands up to the wear and tear of student use. Take for example, the Fox Model 555 English Horn. It includes two bocals, a reed, cleaning swab and cork grease, as well as cases for the reed and the English horn itself. No doubt, the Fox Model 555 is a great all-in-one choice for both beginner and intermediate horn players.
On the other hand, if you've been perfecting your skills for quite some time and are searching for an exceptionally well-made instrument to show them off, professional English horns like the Patricola S3 and the Bulgheroni Artist Model will definitely catch your eye. Both of these horns are crafted with Grenadilla wood bodies and full-conservatory key systems which give you access to all the covered keys and numerous trill keys. Simply put, the Bulgheroni and Patricola are designed with all the bells and whistles.
And there are many other English horns here as well, so don't stop browsing after looking at the items mentioned. Whether you have your sights set on an intermediate horn or the advanced specs typical of professional-level instruments, you'll be sure to find one in this section to suit your needs. Even if you're just starting your search, stick with this catalog and you'll be taking to the stage with a horn that's all your own in no time.
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